2012 Mitsubishi i Gets Official Ratings From EPA, Gets 112 MPGe

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It’s official: Mitsubishi’s compact four seat electric car, the 2012 Mitsubishi i, is more fuel efficient than the 2011 Nissan Leaf. 

Rated by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) for both fuel economy and range per charge, the Mitsubishi achieved a combined fuel economy of 112 miles per gallon equivalent, beating the 2011 Nissan Leaf’s 99 MPGe and 2011 Chevrolet Volt’s 93 MPGe.  

But while the $27,990 compact electric car may be more fuel efficient than its rivals, its smaller battery pack results in an official EPA approved real-world range of just 62 miles per charge. 

Under the EPA’s LA4 test cycle, the 2012 Mitsubishi i’s  range increased to 98 miles per charge. 

Why great fuel economy but poor range? 

At a total capacity of 16 kilowatt-hours, the 2012 Mitsubishi i has a significantly smaller battery pack than the 24 kilowatt-hour pack found in the 2011 Nissan Leaf. 

A smaller battery pack helps keep vehicle weight down, which in turn improves efficiency. But that comes at a price - a smaller range. 

For those not worried about the 62 mile range however, the 2012 Mitsubishi i’s could prove a worthy rival to the larger 2011 Nissan Leaf when it comes to the basic cost per mile analysis. 


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Comments (8)
  1. A 62 mile range? Are they kidding? That's what killed the EV-1. That can't get me to the dentist and back.
    Only if you live on Gilligan's Island.

  2. 19 times out of 20 I only drive about 28 miles/day, so the Mitsubishi "i" would easily work for our family "city car," since we have a range extended EV for longer trips. Even my dentist is only 12 miles each way. Many studies have show that over half of all Americans drive less than 40 miles a day, so a 62 mile range could easily serve more than half of our country's drivers, or am I missing something?

  3. We should probably come up with something other than "fuel economy" when talking about EV range. How about "power economy" or simply "range?"

  4. Wish we could get the higher efficiency of the "I" with the little bit longer range of the LEAF. We will some day, hopefully soon, with both of those going up for future EVs, while costs come down.

  5. The range of the Mitsubishi i is pretty poor at 62 miles but not actually that much smaller than the Leaf's which is EPA rated at 73 miles. The good news is that Mitsubishi intends to use Toshiba's SCiB batteries in the future which can be recharged in minutes once depleted.

  6. Even though I may not NEED more range MOST days, I want more range. I badly want an electric care, but I think a reliable 100 miles with air conditioning at 70 mph on the highway is what I want.

  7. electric "car" not "care"

  8. The range is ok, sufficient for most households who own 2-3 cars anyway. The car itself is crap though, so tiny and useless. But... I have put $300 deposit on it anyway - call it a gas hedge/put option :-) And I'm still waiting for that LEAF of mine :-(

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