mitsubishi iMiEV

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is so button-cute it makes the BMW mini look like the smash-faced cyclops from Jason and the Argonauts, and if you are one of a handful of lucky Americans, you might be able to pick one up at a price that matches its diminutive size.

The list of requirements you have to satisfy to get approximately $20,000 worth of rebates on the $27,990 all-electric vehicle is long, but even if you're merely a resident of California, you can still take $12,500 off the top in Federal and state credits. Further rebates are available for residents of the San Joaquin valley who happen to work for Sony Pictures (all ten of them), says GreenCarReports.

Even without all those rebates, the iMiEV will be the least expensive all-electric vehicle in the country when it arrives. Combine that with its forward-looking design — the engine's in the rear, it comes with a fast-charging plug that can refuel the vehicle in half an hour — and you've got the post-fossil fuels equivalent of the "post-PC" iPad.

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