2012 Mitsubishi iMiEV Review

Consumers who have an interest in pure electric cars are faced with two big bumps on the road to buying one. First, a limited selection—seven models, depending on region—and second, EVs are expensive. Unless you are a member of the “HENRY” club—High Earner Not Rich Yet—you can forget about purchasing a Tesla Model S ($57,400 to $105,400) or leasing the BMW ActiveE (24 month lease only: $2,259 down, $499 a month, $14,226 and you can’t keep the car). More reasonably priced, relatively speaking, is the Ford Focus Electric ($39,200) and Nissan’s Leaf ($35,200).

Yes, the above prices can be reduced by up to $7,500 with a federal tax credit plus various state tax credits, if available. But even with maximum credits, e-rides are still pricey, especially when their limited driving range is factored in. If the cost has kept you from jumping on the electric car bandwagon, there’s a new offering that might persuade you.

Say hi to the i, the i-MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle). Starting at $29,125 before incentives, Mitsubishi has positioned the i-MiEV as the value-priced choice for an all-electric car. With a look straight out of a comic book, the little egg-shaped four-door hatchback can seat four adults—really—and has an EPA estimated driving range of 62 miles with a top speed of 81 mph. While its design will surely turn heads and elicit smiles, the i-MiEV has earned some notable accolades. The Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 Fuel Economy Guide lists the i-MiEV as the most fuel-efficient vehicle sold in the United States with a rating of 125 city and 99 highway for a combined 112 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe). Additionally, the 2012 Greenest Vehicle List published by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranked the i-MiEV the greenest car on the road, placing it ahead of the Civic Natural Gas, which had won the category the previous eight years in a row.

Beneath The Cartoonist Body

The i-MiEV began as a gasoline-powered Mitsubishi i model in 2006 and is classified as a kei (“light vehicle”) car in Japan, a category of small vehicles that receives tax and other incentives. The i layout is rear-wheel drive with a “rear-midship” engine placed just in front of the rear axle, an unusual design in a small car where front-engine, front-wheel drive has prevailed since the 1970s. Like other mid- or rear-engined vehicles, its fifteen-inch wheels have uneven-sized tires—P145/60R (5.7-inches wide) on the front and wider 175/60s (6.9-inches wide) at the rear—to minimize oversteer caused by the rear-biased weight distribution.

Based on the i, Mitsubishi launched the electric i-MiEV to fleet customers in Japan in 2009 and to the wider public in 2010. European deliveries also began in 2010 and in December 2011, the first 2012 models arrived in the U.S.

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

To make the i-MiEV more appealing to American preferences and meet U.S. crash standards, Mitsubishi lengthened the Japanese and Euro version by 11 inches, increased the width by four inches and nudged the height by a half an inch. In comparison, it is three feet longer than a Smart FourTwo Electric and more than two feet shorter than the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric.

To convert the gas powered i to an EV, an electric motor replaces the gasoline engine above the rear axle and a battery pack is placed beneath the floor along with a motor control unit. Directing the power to rear wheels is a simple, single-speed fixed reduction transmission that replaces the four-speed automatic.

The water-cooled alternating current, 49-kilowatt synchronous permanent magnetic motor generates a modest 66 horsepower and a more generous 145 pound-feet of torque. Power output may seem a bit light compared to other EVs, but so is the car, tipping the scales at a petite 2,579 pounds. This helps give the car its 62-mile driving range—if you’re easy on the go pedal.

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Feeding the motor is a 330-volt, 16-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. Recharging the battery when empty takes about 22 hours using a 120-volt household outlet. The time can be reduced to just seven hours with an upgraded 240-volt Level 2 home recharging unit. And, if there is Level 3 480-volt quick-charging station in the area, an optional quick charge package gets the battery from discharged to 80 percent full in 30 minutes.

The drive system has three driving modes, “D,” “Eco” and “B.” Provided by the gear selector, each is intended to produce the best performance for different driving circumstances. D Mode is the default position and is best utilized on highways and interstates. The Eco mode limits the motor’s output to increase the range of a single charge and the decline in performance in quite noticeable. B mode adds more regenerative braking when the car is coasting to a stop or braking on downhill stretches to more aggressively recharge the battery.

The Cartoon Appearance

My reference to the i-MiEV’s cartoon styling is a term of endearment, not a criticism. Some may look at it as a glorified golf car or an egg-on-wheels. For me, I love the way it makes me smile when I look at it. How many cars can do that?

It starts with elongated headlights—nearly the size of its 15-inch wheels—that flank both sides of a quick falling, stubby hood. Below is a bulbous front bumper with a smile-like intake opening.

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

The silhouette of this perky little four-door begins in a sweeping arc from the front bumper, continues up the sharply raked windshield and flows to the rear hatch, where it abruptly ends in tall vertical taillights. The arc returns to the front along the underside of the rear doors to the front wheel arches, completing the i-MiEV’s egg shape profile.

Inside, Not So Whimsical

While the i’s exterior is a barrel full of giggles, inside the smiles begin to fade. The interior is rather pedestrian with few creature comforts. There’s no soft-touch materials, center armrest or rear cupholders. As for the gee-whiz stuff, via the unwieldy key fob, the owner can remotely warm or cool the interior while the car is still on grid power, But unlike other EVs and plug-ins, the little Mitsubishi doesn’t have built-in cellular connectivity that can accomplish that function from anywhere by means of smart phone applications and websites.

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

The i-MiEV does, however, have the bare necessities. Standard equipment, regardless of trim level, includes remote keyless entry; power windows, locks and side mirrors; air-conditioning; a four-speaker audio system with a CD player and an auxiliary jack for iPod connectivity: and a 50/50-split rear seats that fold and recline. Also included is a height-adjustable heated driver’s seat—the front passenger has to make do with a cold derrière on chilly days.

A simple gauge cluster has a centered digital speedometer surrounded half way by an Eco Meter that gives real time feedback—how hard are you accelerating or braking. To the right is a small round gauge with odometer and trip readouts, on the left a battery distance-to-empty readout is similar to a fuel gauge on a gasoline powered car. Controls on the center console are logically placed and knobs for the climate control are the large, easy to operate kind.

The car’s size suggests otherwise, but the i-MiEV easily seats four adults, including tall people, though its narrow width means there’s some touching. Cargo capacity is 13.2 cubic behind the rear seats, 50.4 cubic feet with the seats folded.

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

A step up from the base ES model to the SE ($31,125 before incentives) adds upgraded seat fabric, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an eight-speaker audio system, fog lights and 15-inch alloy wheels.

Both models offer a $700 Quick Charge Package that adds a DC quick charge port, battery warming system and heated outside mirrors. Available on the SE only is a $2,790 Premium Package that includes the Quick Charge features plus a hard-drive-based navigation system, Mitsubishi’s Fuse hands-free link system, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and a rearview camera. Of note for the information obsessed, the navigation system does not have a graphic display of the electric powertrain’s operating system.

The i-MiEV has all of the required safety features—six airbags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability and traction control systems. While the i offers the lowest price among electric cars and best fuel economy in the U.S., recent National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests shows the little Mitsu falls short in safety ratings compared to its main competitor, the Nissan Leaf.

Behind The Steering Wheel

Mitsubishi wants the i-MiEV juiced and ready to go for reviewers, so the little EV arrived by truck at our office. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of vehicles in the press fleet and our driving time was limited to just three days.

Planning ahead, we had mapped out the first day of driving that included errands in downtown Olympia, Wash., a stop at a shopping mall several miles away and returning via the freeway for a total of 48 miles.

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Starting out in D mode, the instant torque response from the electric motor scoots the i-MiEV off the line quickly enough for the car’s intended earth-saving mission of commuting duties, but the single-gear transmission means that acceleration tapers off rapidly at around 25 mph. Audible motor whine is quite noticeable under load, but at constant speed it just whizzes along in an almost unaudible way.

After 10 miles, we moved the shift lever to Eco mode. Mitsubishi says the time from 0 to 60 mph takes 13 seconds. In Eco, you can add about four seconds, and when the speed reaches that 25 mph mark, forward motion seems almost glacial. But hey, we were saving electrons and blended well with city traffic.

Thanks to a relatively tall driving position and large windows, the driver’s view of the surroundings is excellent. The i’s body is screwed on tight and there were no squeaks or rattles. The ride comfort is reminiscent of an early 1990’s economy car—a fairly smooth feel on good pavement that turns jumpy when the road gets uneven. The rear suspension will certainly let you know when you connect with an unseen pothole, especially for back seat passengers.

We found the narrow body made it easy to thread through small gaps in traffic while the short length permitted squeezing into small parallel parking spots.

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

With some unused electrons from day one, an 18-hour overnight charge from a standard 110-volt outlet brought the battery charge gauge to full. For day two, the plan was to operate the car in the B mode as much as possible to see if we could extend the driving range. Hypermilers take note: We drove 69 miles and still had 12 miles of driving range when we pulled into the driveway.

Selecting (downshifting?) B from either the D or Eco position brings an abrupt slowing, but the charge needle goes bonkers. It takes a while to learn, but with the right foot on the accelerator and the left foot modulating the brake, it’s possible to keep up with slow, in-town traffic for several miles. The hardest part to master was acceleration; it is noticeably quicker in B than the other selections.

For day three, we arranged to meet the truck 18 miles from our office to get some freeway miles on the clock. We quickly learned on the first day that merging into fast moving traffic in Eco is not a wise choice. But even in D, when the 18-wheeler in the left side mirror obviously has a light load, getting up to speed seems an eternity.

Mitsubishi’s published top speed of 81 mph shouldn’t be taken as a target, but more an assurance that you can reach and maintain 65-70 mph if your regular route includes a few miles of freeway or interstate. Do note that higher speeds quickly draws juice from the battery, especially if the route has hills, as mine did. When I pulled into the parking lot that driving range had diminished to 33 miles.

The EV For You?

If you want a battery-electric car and a 62-mile driving range works for you, the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES is the cheapest game in town at $31,125 before incentives. However to insure that you have the maximum driving range everyday, i-MiEV, or any other plug-in vehicle require a 240-volt home recharging unit. So, add perhaps another $2,000 to $4,000, or more if major electrical work is required.

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Bear in mind that this is an economy subcompact car and will ride and handle like one. If road surfaces are generally rough where you live, the satisfaction of driving emissions free could quickly get old. Also, if you absolutely must be connected while driving, forget about the i-MiEV.

If you think the features on the uplevel SE model are more of what you want, you should compare it to the Nissan Leaf. The Leaf’s base price of $35,200 is just $435 more and it has a longer driving range, can seat five and has wireless connectivity for smart phone apps.

Our take is, if we still lived in Seattle we wouldn’t hesitate to open the checkbook for an i-MiEV ES. It delivers more than enough driving range for my wife’s former magazine editing job and for the daily errands that an average couple makes throughout the week.

The statement this car makes is, electric vehicles are ready for the world, but is the world ready for electric vehicles?

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Prices are manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) at time of publication and do not include destination charges, taxes or licensing.

 


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  • ophir

    was this so hard? its pretty basic: a small electric vehicle.Combine that with clean energy generation and we got this whole global warming thing covered. I wish all of us the best of luck for a better future and hello from israel!

  • Travis

    FINALLY.

  • John Z

    Bravo! I may be Mitsubishi’s latent attempt, but at least it’s in the right direction. No oil dependency with that kind of innovation. I like their choice of green geek techno also.

  • Gmavin

    Like and wondering when this consept would be produced, happy to see it. G.E.Fassauer

  • Harry Boswell

    This looks like the perfect ‘second car’ or perhaps first car for a few.

    Hurry it up Mitsubishi as we are waiting and willing.

    Harry, Malaysia.

  • Todd C.

    Cars like these need to be available now. Mitsubishi has some great ideas, but considering their standard offerings, I have to question whether their AE-cars will fall about if I slam the door too hard one day. They need to strike up a partnership with Honda or Toyota to insure that their best ideas can be immediately absorbed. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

  • Stuart Smith

    This vehicle accomplishes the current goals and can hit the road today. Nicely Done!

  • Max Reid

    Excellent work Mitsubishi.

    What is needed is a vehicle’s cost that fit in the customers pocket.

    Why should a EV go 112 mph, just 70 mph is good enough.

    Whats the cost.

  • sean

    I’m happy to see car manufacturers attack the Environment problems from many fronts. Well done. ;-)

  • Charles

    Can someone help fill the void in the purpose of creating alternative energy concepts for our mainstream transporation. Are we (us, rather U.S.) more interested in paying LESS for gasoline and have no concerns burning 12 mpg?? Meaning if gasoline were always cheap, would we ever embrace hybrids, etc.?? If we are attempting to “save” the environment, then are we to focus only on electric vehicles and bio-diesel?? The answer to either question poses a logical solution for either scenario. Let’s hear it folks!!

  • Rod

    I like the concept, but here’s a reality check – we’ve had electric vehicles around for years! The speed is impressive, but that is not what a practical energy saver is looking for. The range is average for electric at best. Not to mention the potentially stressful situation one could end up in if stuck in traffic being dangerously close to needing a recharge. It is still just not practical for most to have a vehicle like this for typical commuting.

    I have been impressed by the growing sales of hybrid vehicles recently, but whether we like it or not, only the average Joe will drive real change by putting his money on the table. R&D costs a lot of money and the solution REALLY isn’t that simple. Energy is just not free and cannot be truly 100% renewable or perpetual. Even in the natural environment there is always a price to pay for energy. Most likely the change to better technology will only come from consumers realizing it is costing them too much money to drive their gas guzzler on daily commutes – no matter how cool they feel behind the wheel of their big 4-wheel drive, 20-valve truck/tank.

    Sorry for the rabbit trail… sticking to the Mitsubishi article, I believe the most exciting part of this story was that Mitsubishi is ‘possibly’ looking into producing a plug-in hybrid. I’m a bit pessimistic about these kinds of announcements from automakers though. I doubt Mitsubishi is serious, so hopefully Honda will once again pioneer a practical plug-in concept to the market, only later to have Toyota to perfect it. ;-) Go Prius!

  • sean

    Rod,
    Don’t worry about being stuck in the traffic. it’s the same with petrol cars. Can you refill your petrol cars if you’re stuck in the traffic and run out of gas? And I believe, like Prius, electric cars will turn off the motor instead of idling in red traffic lights.
    Electricity can be produced by many renewable sources, and in large scale, ie, high efficiency.
    I imagine a future that every roof will have some panels of high efficient solar panels to collect the “free and clean” power from the sun. From there you can do whatever with the electricity, eg filling up your cars.
    ;-)

  • Scott

    I would love to have this for a daily driver. And keep my gas-guzzling truck for trips to the hardware store and vacations.

  • Rod

    There are several practical issues that have not been resolved for the typical commuter in the electric car and the Li-Ion battery. The one scenario I mentioned with being stuck in traffic is somewhat the same as the situation with a petrol vehicle, with one big exception – where do you ‘refuel’? You currently cannot stop at the local electric refueling station because there is no such infrastructure. And even if you did, pack a lunch because it is going to take a while. As for the vehicle turning off during periods of inactivity, indeed it would or should, but you are then powering all of your creature comforts directly off the battery (e.g. radio, A/C, fan, etc).

    That being said, if there was an electric vehicle that was able to make significant increases in range and reduction in size and weight for the battery, then I would be completely on board. The problem is there has not been that much improvement in the technology since it rolled out decades ago. If there was at least a vehicle with a small enough battery that you could actually have a couple extra on hand to recharge while at work or at home, then we would certainly be onto something. Of course that is just ‘crazy talk’ at the moment. There are limits to what the batteries can do and how much current is required to power the equipment on board to make a small battery feasible.

    I do have high hopes for our future though. More people are starting to invest in energy saving products. And with investment, even if you decide that an electric car with average energy performance is the car for you, this will still help funnel more money into the R&D for these projects. The problem currently is and has been the efficiency and expense of products like solar and electric vehicles. Until engineers are able to make huge gains in efficiency for these products, then we are not making true steps forward, we are simply dancing with a dream.

  • Bob

    Wow, there are realists and there are pessimists. Rod is a pessimist. I have run out of gas because I let it get to low. Same with battery power. The range is good since most commuters drive 40 miles or less per day. Advancements in solar cells have made it possible to put solar film on any surface, including the top of your car. Maybe you park your car in the sun instead of under a tree and your battery stays charged. The only problem I see with this car is the size. I would buy it but most Americans would think it was death on wheels.

  • firefox

    nice thinking. looks like a smart and electric car put together. If you guys manage to make a hybrid engine for a Boeing 747 or Airbus A319, ill be surprised

  • mania

    IT,s wonderfull car.

  • Naima

    AND IT LOOKS GOOD TOO!

  • Ibrahim .M.M.Shehab

    i think there is many solution s for all what rod and bob said , re the period of ‘refuel’ i think you can exchange a full charge battery from many known points you can replace your empty batteries with anther one full charge .
    also i suggest to making companies providing this service iin all the roads and you can pay every month or by credit card for exchange your batteries while your long or short trip to keep your moving smooth and easy , this will make the such this companies owned this batteries and will developed a new technologies to make it easy to exchange once you visit the refuel’ station only 3 minute to exchange the empty batteries with full one

  • Jason Schade

    How bout a 1/4 liter highly efficient lightweight gas generator, range extender option. Would add maybe 75 pounds to to vehicle, can have just a 2 gallon tank and add 100 miles of range for those who think 100 mile range isn’t enough? Would you pay an extra $2000 to have that option, while dropping all electric range to 80 Miles (due to extra weight) Yet have an total range of 180 Miles and 95% all electric driving? I would. Although I would also be ok with just a 100 mile all electric, which would meet 95% of my needs. Although working from home I barely need a car anymore at all.

    As more people work at home(it is a growing trend) the need for cars and oil will decrease.
    on that note
    Home based businesses earning money are usually not traded on the stock market, these home based businesses are taking profits away from publicly traded companies, hurting performance of publicly traded companies, so is the economy so bad?…declining for major retailers, and old market companies, yes but there is great opportunity for the entrepreneur

  • BMWfanatic

    Why do all energy smart cars, no matter what they are, all look so freaking retarded. i would never drive this simply because it looks dumb. i dont care how “green” it is…

  • kimberlys

    alternative fuel cars sound great, but ethenol cars or flexfuel cars, very few sources of this fuel are available. i live in a major metropolitan area and there is 1 location you can purchase ethenol!!!!! I live in Texas and this being a very large state, there is only 3 ethenol stations in the entire State!!! No one will buy a car when they can’t get the fuel it needs!!

  • JC

    R&D like this is a good idea. Remember though, that production of electric cars will mean an order of magnitude increase in the number and size of batteries.

    This in turn, will increase heavy metals in the air (mining and refining lead, nickel, and cadmium ores) and in water contamination from battery disposal. Millions and millions of batteries.

  • Anthony Narvaez

    Good work guys, We’d like to know the cost of the car is similar to the Tatanano.
    Home all over the world should buy one.

  • Anonymous

    they must make these things affordable or forget about it!

  • seewhy1

    I would love a small affordable electric vehicle! I love my little gas powered car but if I could get an electric—- oh yeah. But I’ve looked and looked, most are huge, and even the small ones available now are in the $50,000 range. So I guess I’m still waiting….

  • Andre Jones

    I would most certainly buy this car when available. I would use this a my daily running around car.

  • William Lord

    I’m ready for such an electric car.

    My wife and I would use our current Prius for ‘trips’ and the small electric for the remaining 95% of our driving – within 40 miles of our home. Trips to the grocery store, cleaners, hardware store – you name it. These trips would be even more efficient since a regular car is far less efficient in city driving.

    We currently have a large photovoltaic array on the roof of our solar home, so using renewable energy would complete the renewable circuit.

    I’m charged!

  • Ruben

    its a verry good car its expensive but you will save up at the end because you dont need gas.

  • jonathan b. tan

    i wish mtsubishi will make hybrid cars,i do have a mitsubishi outlander and i want to trade in to hybrid outlander

  • Tom Lawlor

    As a species we must change ways of thinking a.s.a.p. in order to prevent our extinction . What Mitsubishi is doing is a start in hopefully a quick major effort world wide to consume less on all fronts.
    Our ideas of quality of life must switch from more stuff to us !
    Global warming is real. We have less than 50 years at best to reduce carbon emissions by 80% boys and girls.
    The answer is hanging in the sky. Its time to evolve and yes drive electric cars.

  • Edwin

    The reason the car needs to go 112 MPH (max means flat ground, no wind) is so that when there’s a medium length hill to clime on the freeway, it can sustain 65′ish to keep up with the rest of the traffic. We need these new EVs to be as competent as standard vehicles because owning two cars very non-green.

  • lancerman

    Yes this all sounds very good, but think of the impact on the environment, well I know its green but this in turn, will increase heavy metals in the air (mining and refining lead, nickel, and cadmium ores) and in water contamination from battery disposal. Millions and millions of batteries.
    Though we taking care of one problem but we are creating a 100 more.

  • zed

    Carbon fiber is a very resilient and strong material so no need to worry about it breaking apart or anything like that

  • Bryce

    I would rather get a cityZENN car.

  • Ira

    My commute to work is 12 miles (24 roundtrip), and I live in an area where the terrain is flat. This would be a perfect car for my daily commute and based on price I would give this car serious consideration. For the American market Mitsubishi should offer a trailer option that includes a range extending gasaoline engine/generator and room for luggage for trips greater than 75 miles. No need to lug around the extra weight when not needed, and those that don’t want to pay for the range extender, don’t have to buy it, or can buy it at a later time if their needs change. Plus Mitsubishi would only have to make minor changes to the vehicle before bringing it to market, so they could get it to market quickly.

  • Mike Walters

    Big thumbs up!

    But any automaker can bang out an electric car. Better Place, AGL & Nissan present a more thoughout strategy through the Australian Electric Car Network. Being able to swap out leased batteries at Green-powered refuelling stations, having charging stations scattered throughout a city, and not owning the battery (thereby the vehicle RRP is significantly lower) will make me hand over my cash. Hope it comes to fruition by 2012!

    ‘Never buy the first model’, and times have changed, but when Mitsubishi brings out a new more energy dense Li-ion battery, who wants the old one in their iMiev?

  • Sullivan

    It’s a crime that the big 3 aren’t already mass-manufacturing a variey of cars and light trucks based on this concept. Electric is where they need to go, pronto.

  • Pickasso

    well u are not right there … because global warming is not really because of the fuel cars and factories and those kind of things .. they are a factor but not really the main. The main factor is the Sun because the Sun is getting bigger because of the evolution of it. Since the formation of the Earth the Sun`s luminosity increased 30% and that is what really affects out planet.

  • f.michel

    Thanks for the website, at least a small light in the big heavy darkness of oil lobby dominated environment. Just to get info on the reservation or delivery of the imev here in Geneva is impossible. Mitsubishi did present the last version at the Auto show last week but no dealership is willing to provide ANY info. I called and mailed all the Geneva area Mitsibishi dealers and found myself kick out every time. It felt like in movies where a massive Omerta is kept southern Sicily style. No one would give me any info and everyone was extremely unfriendly, some hanging up on me, some putting me on hold for a while….very very strange in the middle of a massive world eco crisis in which the car industry is on the verge to severely shrink if not disappear for some large players. A client willing to pre order a new car, being treated like this? I wrote to Mitsubishi by mail, no reply either…. What is it? The old oil cartel pressuring again, like in the 80′s with the old Tesla.
    Well well well Mitsubishi, I guess its time to educate the pretending Swiss at your dealership and service your future clients.
    Thanks if you’ve got more info

  • Bob Grizwold

    Does this come in a much larger SUV model? You need to sit up high when reaching for your triple meat double cheese burger and jumbo gallon slurpy at the drive through window :-P

  • GreenMotor

    @shopa

    The petrol version of the Mitsubishi “i” car has been crash tested in Japan, including side impact tests, and got five out of the maximum six stars.

    I’m not sure how the Japanese tests compare to US standards, but they are pretty tough.

    For the Japanese crash test results in English, see: http://www.nasva.go.jp/mamoru/english/2007/type/10_i.html

    For more on the i-Miev, see:
    http://www.greenmotor.co.uk/2009/09/driving-mitsubishi-i-miev-electric-car.html

  • nakaw

    Bring it in Edmonton!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • KangaROOOOO

    At bloody last!
    We will be free of those oil exporters.
    Cheap motoring is here.

  • Doug

    “we got this whole global warming thing covered”
    Sorry, to tell you but automobiles represent only a small fraction of our fossil fuel usage. Currently our buildings consume 40% of annual fossil fuels used today. Be wary of the auto industry luring you in to replace your old car for little reason. Passenger cars use less fossil fuels than heavy and light trucks combined. Don’t forget to invest in smarter buildings also, as this is the path of greatest urgency.

    Hello from Boston, Yes I am an architect.

  • Eric

    Actually… I live in central Florida which is considered the most oil dependant state in the US. Interestingly enough I know many places I can park in a Plug In Electric Vehicle. Best part for me is one said location is where I work, another is the univiersity I attend, and there is also a few spots at the park that me and the signifigant other like to take her daughter to play. While I realize many places are still working on this infustructure, I think you’ll find if you look around you’d be suprised how much infustructure has snuck into place these last 24 months.

  • Nate Delaware

    Why is it so hard to bring a full electric plug in to market at a good price? It is really just a souped up golf cart with more safety features. Good for Mitsubishi and Nissan. Once again, the GM product costs too much, and Ford and Chrysler are lagging with a full electric car with speed and range.

    One of the automakers needs to offer a full electric with a solar array that is a plug and play system to create zero energy transportation. Maybe even a small wind turbine from Bergey or Southwest Wiindpower also.

  • Yegor

    So the sales started April 1, 2010 in Japan at the price of USD43,000 (USD30,700 after Japanese government incentives)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_i_MiEV

  • Huy lap

    They should be very proud ! Others just keep bull shitting,lobbying for tax payers money,then file for bankruptcy few year later! Shame on..f s.o.b

  • Martin von der klokenhofen

    lttle steps in the right direction, only oil dependency in this vehicle is the platics needed to make it. :) im sure the boys in the hicks are going to love it, as long as it has enough room in the back to fit the generator to charge it up in the parking lot while at nascar races :)

  • Seban

    Sweet car, hopefully I can buy one or my children som day, maybe when the oppression is over. Hello from Palestine :).

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  • John316

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