2012 Mitsubishi i Ranked By EPA As Most Efficient Electric Car On Sale

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2012 Mitsubishi i  -  First Drive, U.S.-spec MiEV

2012 Mitsubishi i - First Drive, U.S.-spec MiEV

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Electric cars are normally considered to be pretty efficient when compared to gasoline-engined cars, but if you want to buy the most efficient electric car on the market today you’ll have to buy a 2012 Mitsubishi i.

Ranked number 1 in the EPA’s Annual Fuel Economy Guide, the 2012 Mitsubishi i has been rated by the EPA with a city economy of 126 Miles-Per-Gallon equivalent (MPGe), and a highway economy of 99 MPGe. 

Beating last year’s winner -- the 2011 Nissan Leaf -- by a substantial margin, the Mitsubishi i not only becomes the cheapest mainstream electric car on the market today but also the most efficient. 

Before we go further, we should note that the Mitsubishi i is substantially smaller than the Leaf, being categorized as a subcompact, rather than a midsize car. 

A slightly larger version of the Mitsubishi iMiev which has been on sale in Europe and Japan for over a year, the U.S. specification Mitsubishi i features seating for four, a top-speed of 80 miles-per-hour, and an EPA-approved range of 62 miles. 

We test-drove the production version of the 2012 Mitsubishi i in October, and loved its improved dimensions, comfortable ride and powerful regenerative braking, although we noticed that it wasn’t as quick as its more-expensive Japanese rival, the 2012 Nissan Leaf. 

To read more about the 2012 Mitsubishi i, be sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to the Mitsubishi i Electric Car.

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Comments (4)
  1. If you really want the most efficient car available (and can borrow a few extra dollars to cover the difference in price), there are still a few Tesla Roadsters left. The i beats it in the city, but the Roadster is better both on the highway and combined, with an overall 119 rating. http://www.green.autoblog.com/2011/05/26/tesla-roadster-2-5-snags-official-119-mpge-rating/

    The Roadster isn't listed in this EPA document because Tesla isn't offering it as a 2012 model. How sad.

  2. That's my boys, aye ta go Mitsu!

  3. having been an NEV owner, its sad that the concept seems to be going away. just providing a better pack and charge monitoring would have been a great option for so many city fleets that are currently burning fossil fuels today. my Zenn, despite its lack of technology was dirt cheap to run. if not for the Leaf or the iMEV, i would still be driving it today.

  4. Apparently the EPA still lives in the Stone Age and hasn't figured out that mileage for an electric car should be expressed in terms of, guess what? That's right, Govies, in terms of
    E-L-E-C-T-R-I-C-I-T-Y. That's the stuff Edison and Tesla made famous, in case you missed it.

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