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Best all-time gas mileage equivalent among electric cars

With gas, hybrid, electric and now natural gas vehicles all vying for better gas mileages averages and the marketing of fuel efficiency among manufacturers at its peak, it's hard to keep track of what carmakers top the list.

Pure electric cars, of course, top the list. But what might come as a surprise, it's not all current models that make the all-time list of best gas mileage average among electric cars — at least dating to 1984.

Interior of the 2012 Mitsubishi i-Miev electric car

Here are the top-10 Electric cars gas mileage average (electric equivalent), 1984-2012, with vehicle model, configuration and mpg combined/city/highway:

1. Mitsubishi i-MiEV (2012), 112/126/99
2. Nissan Leaf (2011–12), 99/106/92
3. MINI Mini E (2008), 98/102/94
4. smart fortwo  electric drive cabriolet, coupe, (2011), 87/94/79
5. Nissan Altra EV (2000), 85/81/91
6. GMC EV1 (1999), 85/79/84
7. Toyota RAV4 EV (2002–03), 78/87/69
8. Nissan Hyper-Mini (2001), 75/84/66
9. Ford Th!nk (2001),  65/74/58
10. Azure Dynamics Transit Connect  Wagon, Van, (2012), 62/62/62


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