Mitsubishi Increases Price of 2012 i-MIEV Electric Car

Mitsubishi says it has increased the price of its 2012 i-MIEV electric car by $1,135 due to unforeseen market conditions.

The Mitsubishi i-MIEV ES entry model (coming in 2012) price increases to a net value of $21,625 after the $7,500 tax credit. The premium-grade SE i-MIEV has a new net value price of $23,625 after the $7,500 tax credit.

Despite the pricing adjustment, the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MIEV remains the most affordably-priced mass-market electric car available in the marketplace today. The pricing adjustment applies only to the suggested MSRP pricing of the vehicle.

The value-oriented pricing of options such as the Cold Zone package ($150) that consists of a main lithium-ion battery warming system and heated outside mirrors and the Premium package ($2790) that includes HDD navigation system with rear camera, FUSE Handsfree Link System™ with USB port, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and a DC quick charging port remain unaffected.

The vehicle, which is due in dealerships early next year, is Mitsubishi’s all-electric, rear-wheel drive vehicle. It has s a range of 85 miles. The interior has four seats and cargo space. The vehicle has three drive modes, sport, eco and regenerative brake power.

i-MIEV can be charged using a standard 12-volt household outlet which takes about 22.5 hours. Owners can also purchase a 240V wall-mounted quick-charger that gives you a full charge in just six hours. The Federal government is offering tax credits up to $1,000 for those who purchase the 240V home charging dock. However, if the owner’s Mitsubishi-i is equipped with an optional public quick-charger port on the driver's side of the car, the vehicle will accept the ultra-efficient public chargers (CHAdeMO protocol - Level 3) that deliver an 80% charge in as little as 30 minutes.

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