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Mitsubishi i earns top spot in EPA's fuel economy guide

The compact electric vehicle is rated as the most fuel-efficient car on the market

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: November 17, 2011 09:40 AM

The 2012 Mitsubishi i, the Cypress-based automaker’s sporty, compact electric vehicle, has earned the No. 1 ranking on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual list of vehicles with top gas mileage. The 100 percent electric vehicle gained its spot on “Fuel Economy Leaders: 2012 Model Year” with its EPA-rated 112 combined/
126 city/99 highway miles per gallon (based on the electric-gasoline energy equivalent).

The guide, published annually, includes information on alternative-fuel vehicles, fuel economy estimates and ratings for all cars and light trucks, as well as a range of fuel-economy leaders and tips for improving fuel economy. It is produced jointly by the EPA and the Dept. of Energy.

"We are very pleased to see that the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy have rated the 2012 Mitsubishi i as the top fuel economy leader in its annual Fuel Economy Guide," said Yoichi Yokozawa, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America.  “With 17,000 i-MiEV-based [Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle technology] units produced for various international markets, we look forward to providing North American consumers with an exceptionally well-engineered electric vehicle that has proven itself to be reliable, safe, efficient and very affordable in overall price and cost of operation.”

(The 17,000-unit figure includes the company’s units produced for PSA Puegeot Citroen.)

To read the report's list of fuel economy leaders click HERE.

To read the overall EPA report on fuel economy for the 2012 model year, click HERE.

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