The innovative and all-new 2012 Mitsubishi i electric vehicle recently received its official marks from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the news is impressive indeed. With miles-per-gallon equivalency (MPGe) ratings of 126 MPGe city/99 MPGe highway/112 MPGe combined, the i is now the most “fuel-efficient” electric vehicle on the road. And not only that, but it’s the least expensive one, too.
Slated to arrive in dealerships beginning this fall, the i will boast an MSRP that starts at just $27,990 at dealers like Gastonia Mitsubishi Dealerships. But the net cost to consumers will be only $20,490 after accounting for a $7,500 federal tax credit, and many states and local communities offer further incentives that can reduce the cost of the i even more. Yet even at that price, Mitsubishi’s funky new EV offers a wealth of standard equipment, such as:
- Energy-efficient air conditioning with a micron filter
- Speed-sensitive electric power steering
- A heated driver’s seat
- LED tail lamps
- An array of airbags, including dual-stage supplemental front air bags, driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags, and roof-mounted curtain-style side-impact supplemental air bags for all outboard passengers
- Electronic safety measures like stability control with traction control and four-wheel anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution
According to Mitsubishi Dealer Queens, to support the i’s launch, Mitsubishi has now opened a solar-powered EV charging station at its North American headquarters in Cypress, Calif. The facility can charge up to four electric vehicles at a time and offers three different charging solutions: A standard 110-volt option that can fully charge the Mitsubishi i in 22 hours, a 220-volt alternative that slices charge time to 6 hours, and a CHAdeMo quick charger capable of delivering an 80 percent charge in only 25 minutes. The station is conveniently located near the junction of two major Southern California freeways, and is expected to serve as a “gateway charging pad for Mitsubishi i users commuting between Los Angeles and Orange counties.”
“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.
For more about the revolutionary Mitsubishi i—including information on pre-ordering the vehicle—log onto i.mitsubishicars.com today.