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Car Review: 2012 Mitsubishi electric car, affordable and all-out eco-friendly Read more: Car Review: 2012 Mitsubishi electric car, affordable and all-out eco-friendly

DALLAS, September 24, 2012 — Did someone say electric car and Mitsubishi in the same sentence? Yep, and it works out just fine. The 2012 Mitsubishi I is affordable and worth a look into for all you eco-friendly drivers out there.

All electric and affordable so already the ante is upped in favor of this Mitsubishi offering. The only downside is the fact that the drive range is a bit less than in competitors, but for a car to knock around town in you are definitely set.

An all new model, competition is the Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius C hybrid or the Volkswagen Golf TDI and note too that the Mitsubishi I is cheaper than the other plug-in options like the Prius or the Chevy Volt.

The 2012 Mitsubishi i has four doors and it’s a hatchback available that is in two trims the ES and SE.

On the ES you get 15-inch steel wheels, all power accessories, 50/50-split rear seats that fold and recline and an onboard recharging system with a 120-volt portable charging cable as well as a decent sound system including CD player and auxiliary audio jack, a heated and height-adjustable driver seat, a remote system that pre-activates climate control, and the charging timer.

Mitsubishi i, unplugged and rarin’ to go Photo: R. Dandridge

On the SE model you will find 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, automatic headlights, upgraded seat fabric, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

On both trims you get what is called the Cold Zone package that adds a battery warmer and heated outside mirrors. The ES trim can also add what is called a Level 3 quick-charging port and the SE model comes with an optional Premium package with a navigation system, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and a quick-charging port.

One item of note on this Mitsubishi i is that the range is only 62 miles from full to no charge and that is the least of the ranges in the world of electric cars. However, the others come in only a little ahead, so this is likely not a good reason to look elsewhere if the Mitsubishi has caught your eye.

When the i does need a charge it takes about seven hours to be fully juiced with a 240-volt at home charging unit.

Powered by a 49-kilowatt electric motor the 2012 Mitsubishi i is 66 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque and feeds off of a lithium-ion battery pack with top storage at 16 kWh.

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