Mitsubishi i-MiEV Electric Car Overtakes Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf MPGe Ratings

Mitsubishi i-MiEV Electric Car Overtakes Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf MPGe Ratings

The electric car market will become much more competitive in the next year when the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and the Ford Focus Electric hit the road. An announcement was just made regarding the official miles per gallon equivalency ratings, or MPGe, putting the Mitsubishi in the EV lead for now.

The i has been rated for 126 mpge city, with a rating of 99 mpge on the highway. This beats the Chevy Volt’s rating of 95 city, 90 highway and the Nissan Leaf with 106 city, 92 highway.

It should be made clear that the i(subcompact) is an entire class-size smaller than the Volt or Leaf(compact), so this is a ‘small’ victory.

The Mitsubishi i is $13,000 less than the Volt and $5000 less than the Leaf. The i will cost $27,990 for the ES model before a federal tax credit of $7,500 making the i the least expensive mass produced EV in the U.S. The i can be preordered now with the first shipments available in early 2012.

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