Feb 13, 2012
Chris Weiss

New Mitsubishi i Tops Green List

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its Greenest Vehicles of 2012 list, and the all-new Mitsubishi i (previously and sometimes still called the i-Miev) bumped the Honda Civic Natural Gas from its comfortable place at the top. The i is the first electric car of the new EV era to be recognized as the list topper.

After eight years of reign, the Honda Civic NG is no longer king. The 2012 Mitsubishi i is awarded the ACEEE’s highest score (58) based on its performance in fuel efficiency, tailpipe emissions, emissions from the fuel and vehicle manufacturing processes, and other environmental factors. The i is the first electric vehicle to win the top spot since the GM EV-1 was recognized 12 years ago.

The Honda Civic NG didn’t fall far – it’s tied for the number 2 slot with the Nissan Leaf. Both vehicles earn a score of 55.

Interestingly, the Chevy Volt is not among the 12 green vehicles that made the list. Other cars that did make the cut include the Toyota Prius (#3, score: 54), the Honda Insight (#4, score: 53), and the Smart ForTwo (#4, score: 53). You can view the entire list here.

The i is EPA-rated at 112 mpg-e, making it the most efficient car this year. In addition to saving you money on fuel, the i will save you money up front. Other EVs are all priced in the mid to upper 30s or more, but the i breaks the $30,000 barrier with its $29,125 base price.

The ACEEE also released a list of “Meanest” Vehicles for the Environment 2012. The list is led by large domestic vans like the Chevrolet G3500 Express Cargo/ GMC G3500 Savana Cargo and the Ford E-350 Wagon, which both received a score of 17. The notoriously dirty Bugatti Veyron supercar -the EPA’s least efficient car – was tied for the second worst spot with the Ford E-350 FFV with a score of 19.

Source : Inside Line

1 Comment

  • i have heard about this car but didn’t know much about it but from reading this article it sounds like the best EV out there to buy.