Once upon a time, the only real reward for being a good teacher was to see your students get excited about a subject or do well in exams -- but now a lucky teacher has been rewarded for his good work with a year-long loan of a brand-new 2012 Mitsubishi i.

As Plugincar contributor Eric Loveday reports, the all-electric car was awarded to Chad Miller, a language and arts teacher at Kailua High School in Hawaii for a year after he was nominated 2012 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year. 

Not only will Miller get exclusive, free use of the 2012 Mitsubishi i for a year, but the prize also includes two charging stations -- one for his home and one for the school where he works -- to ensure the all-electric i never runs out of charge. 

With the $29,125-$33,915 2012 Mitsubishi i not due to hit dealer lots until early next year, Miller joins an exclusive group of Mitsubishi i drivers which have been given access to the all-electric city car before it officially launches. 

As we’ve said before, Hawaii is probably the most suited of all the states to promote electric cars thanks to its temperate climate, small size and burgeoning hydroelectric and geothermal, solar and wind clean energy projects. 

In addition to getting an all-electric ride to impress his students for the coming year, Miller will also represent the state of Hawaii at the 2012 National Teacher of the Year competition next year. 

To see what we thought of the 2012 Mitsubishi i, be sure to check out our first drive report from earlier this year.


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