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7 electric cars to watch in 2012

Jan. 6, 2012, 10:08 a.m.
white Mitsubishi i

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Mitsubishi i

Mitsubishi’s all-electric vehicle, branded in the United States as the “i,” has an MSRP starting point of only $29,125 before the $7,500 federal tax credit. This makes the Mitsubishi i the most affordably priced mass-produced electric vehicle that will be sold in the United States next year. The U.S. spec of the Mitsubishi i features a 49 kW AC synchronous electric motor capable of producing 66 base horsepower (bhp) and an 88-cell 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The vehicle has received 126 MPGe city and 99 MPGe highway fuel efficiency ratings from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Mitsubishi i is already available for test drives at select dealerships nationwide and deliveries will begin in early 2012.