We all know that rating the fuel economy of an electric vehicle is not as easy as a gasoline vehicle, and there’s still some debate over the best way to measure fuel economy (since there is no fuel). The Environmental Protection Agency has adopted a testing method that they think represents the fuel economy ratings you would achieve in the real world driving an electric vehicle.
Using this testing method, the 2012 Mitsubishi i comes out with a combined 112 MPG, while the Nissan Leaf gets a 99MPG rating.
During the test, the Mitsubishi i attained a 126 MPG average in the city, and 99MPG average on the highway. The mileage for the overall rating is weighted 55% city driving and 45 percent highway driving.
‘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, Inc.
As of October 2011, Mitsubishi had produced 17,000 Mitsubishi i and Mitsubishi i-Miev electric vehicles for various international markets.
Here is the list of the top 10 cars available in the United States:
1. 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Combined 112 (City 126/Highway 99), EV.
2. 2012 Nissan Leaf, Combined 99 (City 106/Highway 92), EV.
3. tie, 2012 Ford Transit Connect EV, Azure Dynamics Transit Connect Van, 2012 Azure Dynamics Transit Connect Wagon, Combined 62 (City 62/Highway 62), EV.
4. 2011 Chevy Volt, 2012 Chevrolet Volt, ranked by combined gas/electricity rating of 60 MPGe, Combined 60 (City 58/Highway 62), PHEV.
5. 2011 Toyota Prius, 2012 Toyota Prius, Combined 50 (City 51/Highway 48), hybrid.
6. 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, Combined 44 (City 44/Highway 44), hybrid.
7. 2012 Toyota Prius V, Combined 42 (City 44/Highway 40), hybrid.
8. 2012 Lexus CT 200h, Combined 42 (City 43/Highway 40), hybrid.
9. 2012 Honda Insight, Combined 42 (City 41/Highway 44), hybrid.
10. 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE, Combined 41 (City 43/Highway 39), hybrid
For full vehicle ratings and information, view the EPA’s 2012 report