Logging 126 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalency) for city driving and 99 MPGe on the highway, the Mitsubishi i gets the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) top ranking for a battery-powered electric vehicle.
As a comparison the Nissan Leaf?received?a 106/92 MPGe rating, and the Chevrolet Volt a 95/90 MPGe rating.
In a series of real-world tests, which included all the conditions and techniques that tend to drain an electric vehicle battery quickly — aggressive driving and operating the air conditioning in higher ambient temperatures, the Mitsubishi scored a driving range of 62 miles.
The EPA also rated the vehicle’s LA4 driving cycle range at 98 miles. The EPA LA4 driving cycle test covers a distance of approximately 7.5 miles and includes numerous brief stops along the route to mimic in-town driving and its accompanying start/stops for traffic signals. Mitsubishi has worked to improve the driving range of the 2012 Mitsubishi i: The 98-mile range is attributed to software upgrades and a revamped regenerative braking system.
“We feel that with the combination of capability, affordability, and high level of efficiency offered by the 2012 Mitsubishi i will prove very appealing to consumers considering EV transportation,” said Yoichi Yokozawa, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America.
The Mitsubishi i takes about 22.5 hours to fully charge from a standard household outlet.? They do recommend the installation of the optional 240-volt system which charges in six hours or using a public quck-charge port that will ?fill it up? in as little as 30 minutes.
The base ES model Mitsubishi i has a retail price of $27,990, before the $7,500 federal tax credit.? In addition, several states offer other financial incentives, which can make it the most affordable mass-produced electric vehicle sold in the U.S.
The electric Mitsubishi also includes all the normal vehicle safety features including six air bags, stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes with brake force distribution and tire pressure monitoring.? It also has a high-voltage cut off system and an Approaching Vehicle Audible System to warn pedestrians of the ultra-silent vehicle. .
For more information about the electric-powered Mitsubishi go to?i.MitsubishiCars.com.