New EV, The Mitsubishi i, Lands In U.S.

American car buyers won’t be able to get their hands on Mitsubishi’s new electric vehicle (EV), the i, until January 2012, but rest assured, they are on the way. The company recently announced the first American fleet delivery of the five-door hatchback. The cars were delivered to City CarShare, a Bay Area nonprofit organization whose mission is to provides convenient, affordable access to shared cars in order to reduce individual car ownership and usage.

The Mitsubishi seems a good fit for City CarShare’s fleet thanks to its energy-sipping ways. The 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the most fuel efficient car on the road with its EPA-rated 112 combined/126 city/99 highway MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent). According to Mitsubishi, the i has a range of 62 miles.

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image via Mitsubishi

Not only is the Mitsubishi efficient, it’s also the most affordable mass-produced electric vehicle available in the United States. It has an MSRP of $29,125 – about $3,700 less than the Nissan Leaf – for the base ES model (before a federal tax credit of $7,500 and any available state financial incentives).

“We are very pleased to introduce the all electric Mitsubishi i into our fleet. This vehicle brings us one step closer toward our goal of having 50 percent of our fleet run on alternative fuel as part of our mission to decrease carbon emissions in the Bay Area,” Rick Hutchinson, CEO of City CarShare, said in a statement.

Steve Duda lives in West Seattle, WA with three dogs and a lot of outdoor gear. A part-time fly fishing fishing guide and full-time writer, Steve’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Seattle Weekly, American Angler, Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, Democracy Now! and many others.

    • Horatio Hornblatt

      This car is shown in San Francisco, which is the most likely market for this car.u00a0 That’s it.

    • Howleelady

      i was the first to purchase this great car in Hawaii!!! I LOVE it….not paying for gas is awesome!! It is the perfect place for this car, islandu00a0 living is so easy. recharge when you get home and off you go again!! u00a0u00a0u00a0u00a0