This week the first shipment of 2012 Mitsubishi i electric demonstrator vehicles were received for East Coast dealerships at the Port of Baltimore and said to represent its the debut for “most of the eastern seaboard.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mitsu’s little EV returns 112 miles per gallon equivalent (energy usage), the highest of all vehicles sold in the U.S.

This is among the many selling points Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is making regular use of for its plug-in commuter which is also known as the iMiEV and has already successfully been on sale in other markets.

“With so many vehicles sold in different parts of the globe, Mitsubishi’s 100 percent electric-powered vehicle has a proven record of reliability, safety and ease of use,” said MMNA President & CEO Yoichi Yokozawa.” And as the number 1 selling electric vehicle (EV) in Norway, the Mitsubishi i should have no problem adapting to American households in the cold-climate northeast corridor.”

Mitsubishi also notes the i is “the most affordably priced” EV sold in America, and like others in its class, is eligible for $7,500 in federal tax credit plus state and local incentives where applicable.

The i is the first of several advanced alternative-fuel production vehicles that the Japanese auto manufacturer plans to introduce in North America over the next few years.

Suggested prices for its two versions (prior to subsidies) are $29,125 for the ES model, and $31,125 for the SE model. Mitsubishi’s Web site has much more info.