• Sep 3, 2010
We've obviously laid eyes on the Mitsubishi i-MiEV on numerous occasions, but the modified Euro-spec version has remained unseen. That is, until now. If you gander at the image above you may notice the slight tweaks that differentiate the Euro-spec i-MiEV from its Japanese counterpart. What, you can't see the differences? Okay, well maybe a long, drawn-out stare will lead you to discover that this Euro-spec models sports revised front and rear bumpers that meet EU regulations. Those revised bumpers are the only exterior changes that are required to make the i-MiEV Euro-ready and the only tweaks that you will find on the outside.

Turning out attention to the interior, the Euro-spec i-MiEV features a re-arranged center stack in the instrument panel and, according to Mitsubishi, improved passenger comfort. On the safety front, all Euro-spec i-MiEVs feature a stability control system and side curtain airbags as standard equipment. Pricing for the European i-MiEV will vary by country, but its expected to cost under €35,000 ($44,400 U.S. at the current exchange rate) in all 14 European countries that Mitsubishi targets for sales. Hit the jump for more on the Euro-spec i-MiEV.

[Source: Mitsubishi Motors]

PRESS RELEASE

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation to Premiere the European-spec i-MiEV 100% Electric Vehicle at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


Tokyo, August 31, 2010 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will introduce the European-spec version of its i-MiEV 100% electric vehicle at the 2010 Paris Motor Show ("Mondial de L' Automobile 2010") to be held at Paris Expo – Porte de Versailles in Paris, France from Thursday, September 30th to Sunday, October 17th (open to the general public from Saturday, October 2nd).

A total of 12 vehicles (7 on press days) will be displayed at its stand in Hall 3, including:
  • The recently introduced ASX (RVR in Japan) compact crossover equipped with MMC's all-new "low impact" 4N13 diesel engine
  • The Lancer Sportback (Galant Fortis Sportback in Japan) now featuring the same 150 ps 1.8 DiD engine,
  • The new Outlander 2.2 DiD mid-size crossover, whose 177 ps unit is a further derivative (4N14) of this same family of innovative diesel powerplants.
Concerning the European-spec i-MiEV, MMC plans to successively roll it out from December of this year in 14 countries*1 including France, the United Kingdom, Germany and further expand the European rollout from fiscal year 2011.
The price*2 of the European-spec i-MiEV will differ by country but will be set to around €33,000 – €35,000 (or equivalent) so that the final cost to the customer after government incentives (where applicable) remains under €30,000 (or equivalent) in a majority of the countries it is to be sold in.
  • Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.
  • The price includes car and batteries
Compared with the Japanese market version, the European-spec i-MiEV includes specific features such as:
- new design to the front and rear bumpers to meet EU regulations,
- re-arranged center stack in the instrument panel,
- improved interior comfort.

Furthermore, safety – both active & passive - has been improved with the addition of Active Stability Control (ASC), as well as side and curtain airbags, all standard equipment.

To celebrate 40 years of electric development at Mitsubishi Motors, a further display in Hall 8 will present the 1989 Mitsubishi Minicab EV for the first time in Europe, as part of "The Incredible Collection" heritage show.

For more information on the i-MiEV, please access www.new-imiev.com.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't Mitsubishi already state that the iMiev and all other EVs are crap because of anticipated poor resale value? Well, at least they are right about the iMiev.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oddly twisted tail, indeed... I look forward to hearing what Llewellyn digs up. There are so many poorly-buried bodies in the history of the EV industry, its difficult to know where to tread!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Twittered by Robert Llewellyn:
        " bobbyllew Essentially, Mitsubishi did not give the BBC those figures, they did not approve the story, they are very very unhappy about it."

        " bobbyllew I will be creating a much better researched, much better informed account of this oddly twisted tale."
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's just another BBC big oil hit against EV:s. Other big artillery they have against EV:s is Top Gear.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi sold 200 units of the iMiev in Norway the first week (8/23/2010-8/30/2010). The same per capita sales in the US would be more than 12,000 units.

      The price is $39,300 at the current exchange rate.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Euro spec? I though maybe they were slipping a decent size pack in? Say 32 kwh, that would make the $44k price still hardly palatable for most. Then again with Euro price of petrol they can make a bigger dent on ROI.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In terms of price, the prius is 20k euro out there, 34k euro means for a bigger gap in price out there, but not amazingly so.

        You also don't pay carbon tax or 7-10 bucks a gallon for fuel out there.

        I'm not european but just going off the numbers alone, it seems like it makes roughly the same amount of financial sense to buy a MiEV out there as it would here. It may cost more, but you end up forking far less over to the gubmint.

        Someone correct me if i'm wrong.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's no way it will be $44k, they have stated that they will undercut the leaf by some thousands of dollars.

        It will also be more efficient per KWH since it's a smaller and lighter car. Rear motor will make it a hell of a lot more fun to drive too. It is also possible that the simpler rear wheel axle will make for even less drag on the drivetrain, meaning for more efficiency there also.

        At least wait till they announce the sticker price to hate it, that's all i'm sayin!

        As for me, i sat in the jellybean. And i liked it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @David Martin
        "I can't see many sales at this price."

        Mitsubishi is a member of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the group that killed the electric car. Maybe that is the plan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's only really the truck drivers here who demonstrate when prices go up, and then when a differential opens up with parts of Europe, so drivers from their come over and pick up a return load at prices British drivers can't compete with, as they are paying more for the petrol to do it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow. $6/gallon would cause riots in US. Too many boneheads with gas guzzlers would freak out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        EV,
        With present battery densities there is nowhere they could put them!
        I can't see many sales at this price.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Middleway,
        Petrol here in the UK is around $6-6.50 US gallon, and prices in Europe are around the same.
        Is is much more expensive in Europe, but we aren't at $10 gallon yet!
      • 4 Years Ago
      When I was visiting Electric Avenue in Germany, Mitsubishi representative told me, that when Nissan gets Leaf out in Europe, that Mitsubishi will lower the price accordingly.

      They can set the high price now, when they're the only one on the market, but when Leaf is available, they will lower the price.

      I'm waiting until next autumn, when Leaf should be available here to decide which one to get. Until then, I'm a happy Vectrix rider.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What charging receptacles does the i-MiEV have in Europe? The same CHAdeMO and SAE J1772 as in the USA? Inquiring minds want to know!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This costs about same as Think City. Guess which one people would buy :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      But after publics rebates the cost in Spain will be 35.000$, 27.500 euros, about 4.000 euros less than the Leaf, and about 10.000$ less than the Volt, and with a compact size ideal for it´s real place, the urban areas.
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