The most affordable EV in America: Mitsubishi i-MiEV arrives this spring
The 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV isn’t just about saving the planet, it’s also about saving buyers dollars. The 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV arrives this spring here in the U.S. and it’s the most affordable electric vehicle in America. The i-MiEV isn’t new, as more than 30,000 Mitsubishi i-MiEV and i-MiEV-based production vehicles have been sold around the globe in markets like the U.S., Europe and Asia. What’s the cost of the i-MiEV?
The 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES model that includes a DC quick charge port, battery warming system and heated side view mirrors starts at $22,995 (plus $850 destination) which is a $6,130 price reduction from the previous generation. And after factoring in the Federal tax credit of $7,500, the net MSRP of the 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV drops to $15,495 (if taxpayers incur federal tax liability.)
Residents in California can obtain the new 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV as low as $12,995 after factoring in the available EV federal tax credit of $7,500 and the California state EV financial incentive of up to $2,500 (if residents are eligible.)
One of the questions that most people will ask is, "How long will the battery last?" Mitsubishi says they have made considerable strides in battery technology over the years and as a result, Mitsubishi backs their lithium-ion main drive battery pack with a transferable 8-year/100,000-mile limited warranty.
The 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is powered by Mitsubishi’s Electric Vehicle (MiEV) technology. i-MiEV is rear-wheel drive and the drive system includes a 49 kW (66 bhp) AC synchronous electric motor; an 88 cell, 330V lithium-ion main drive battery pack for a peak storage of 16 kWh; and a single fixed reduction gear transmission. Mitsubishi says the electric motor is capable of producing peak torque of 145 lb.-ft. which should produce good acceleration from a standstill. The i-MiEV has a top speed of approximately 80 mph.
Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV's comes with three drive settings to maximize driving efficiency and/or to increase energy recycling from the vehicle's regenerative braking system: "D"-position allows maximum performance from the vehicle as it generates 100% torque in direct response to accelerator input.
"ECO"-position helps to maximize energy usage ("fuel" economy) by slightly reducing overall power output to help reduce the rate of battery consumption. "B"-position increases the regenerative brake biasing to augment energy recycling (with 100% of power production available, same as in the "D" position)