At just under $30000 (Rs 1646550) base retail price, the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the most affordable all-electric car in the US market.
The little five-door with very little hood in the front also has an eye-popping, 126 miles-per-gallon-equivalent rating (51 kms per litre!) from the US federal government in city driving.
That's higher than the 106 mpg-e city rating (45.06 km per litre) of the 2012 Nissan Leaf electric car but less than the 132 mpg-e (56.12 km per litre!) of the upcoming Honda Fit EV.
An added bonus: The rear-wheel drive i-MiEV has a plucky personality and speed-sensitive steering that, while electrically delivered, feels and responds more like a regular car's steering than does that of some gasoline-electric hybrid cars.
Text: Ann M Job, Associated Press
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