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Has the electric-vehicle market really gotten to the point where folks can take out a lease for less than C-note per month? Yes, if you're interested in a Mitsubishi i of Smart ForTwo EV, Plug In Cars has found.

As Mitsubishi prepares to bring in the 2015 model-year version of the i, it's unloading some of the 2013s for as little as $69 a month in some areas, bringing in a bit of deja vu for those who remember the $69 monthly lease rate some Mitsubishi dealers were asking for early last year. Meanwhile, a Smart EV can be had for $99 (discounted from $139 a month), with a $900 down payment, at at least one Connecticut dealership.

Moving up to $139 a month could get you into a new Nissan Leaf, albeit with a honking' down payment of about $6,600. Chevrolet Spark EVs can be found in California and Oregon for as little as $199 a month. And both the Fiat 500e and Honda Fit EV can be found at some dealerships with lease rates in the mid-two-hundreds per month. The upper end of the plug-in scale - a Tesla Model S - still runs north of $1,000 a month (before you apply Tesla's various calculations to get to their "effective monthly cost"). But when you can afford to drive a Tesla, who's really counting?


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      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sheesh. No love here in Utah. That's the crappy part about living in a red state.
      AndY1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was seriously considering the Citroen C-Zero (rebadged iMiev), but the Europe was getting the narrower and shorter version of the car and for a much higher price. They wanted 38.000 EUR for the car. It was only when Citroen wanted to empty the stock, that they lowered the price to the reasonable 22.000 EUR and when they did, they emptied the stock, at least in my country, immediately.
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, where does one find the $99 Mitsubishi lease deal? My searches all show offers from more than a year ago.
        Aaron
        • 1 Year Ago
        Ask these guys: They're the first to start the $69 lease a year ago. (I got one!) http://www.obrienteamnormal.com/models/mitsubishi/i-miev/ For the haters: The i-MiEV is not a great car, but for the money and lack of gas, it's a steal. Also the rear-wheel drive makes for some fun donuts!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Aaron
          Thank you for the info!
      Mart
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mitsubishi didn't release a 2013 MY in the US, and there is no word on a 2015 MY yet. Clearances are on 2012 i-MiEVs and 2014 MY is expected in "late spring" of 2014.
        offib
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mart
        April and May is the date. That's when Mitsubishi and GS Yuasa will have a new plant supplying Mitsubishi with batteries to supply up to 30,000 cars per year. At the moment, their current factory is solely providing for the Outlander PHEV which also peaks at 30,000 units per year.
      Marco Polo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Poor old Mitsubishi, they really believed all those 'focus' groups and pundits who extolled the sales of range limited EV's, as long as they were cheap ! The little iMev just can't find buyers, even at $ 69 per month ! For $20-5 a week, this is really cheap commuter transport. Something is seriously wrong with Mitsubishi's US sales Director, if he can't sell more than one iMev in Jan '14, at these prices. I was never a believer in the idea that range doesn't matter, or that price was a barrier to sales. But, this is ridiculous ! The iMev deserves a better response than car in Jan . I can only conclude a total lack of interest in the iMev from it's US sales division. What's even more inexplicable is that another member of the giant Mitsubishi Group manufactures batteries, and solar panels. The enterprising founder of Mitsubishi (1870) , Yatarō Iwasaki, would not amused to see such weakness of spirit !
        David Murray
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marco Polo
        I'm sorry to say, but the car is just inferior to every other offering out there. The i-Miev is cheap and low-tech inside. Most people think the car is ugly or at least weird looking. It is slow as molasses on 0 to 60. The range is even less than the Leaf. The vehicle's name itself is hard to pronounce and harder to remember. Of all of the plug-in cars available, it would literally be the absolute last vehicle I'd pick. I highly suspect anyone who is in the market for an EV and has good enough credit to get a lease would go for a Leaf S at minimum before considering the i-Miev. I do seriously hope Mitsubishi refines the i-Miev a bit. better yet, call it something different. Make it more attractive. Give it a little more high-tech style on the inside and the instrument cluster. And up the range to be at least 75 miles. Then they might have a chance of selling some of them.
          Marco Polo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @David Murray
          @ David Murray, The Mitsubishi is between 30-5% cheaper than the base model Leaf, depending on the State. The base model Mitsubishi iMev. can cost as little as $ 12,600 Standard features include; Accessories/Features Driver and front passenger heated seats CHAdeMO DC quick charge port Battery warming system Heated side view mirrors Rear door speakers 8A/12A switchable Level 1 charging cable*** (approximate charge time from near empty to fully charged - 22 hours for 8 amp/14 hours for 12 amp) Charge port lamp Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System Heated front and rear seats Leather-covered steering wheel and shift knob Passenger-side vanity mirror with lid Numerous decorative color/trim upgrades Aluminum wheels Front fog lights Daytime running lights (DRL) Black-out door sash trim The base model Leaf features include: Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System Heated front and rear seats The Leaf has less equipment, but 9% more range, and slightly better performance, that doesn't justify a 30-5 % price difference. (the base model Leaf is only 11% of Leaf Sales) My point was that, when the iMev was conceived, almost every EV pundit and commentator, stated the adoption motivation was all about price, not range. The $ 80-100,000 Tesla model S, has outsold the entire world sales of the $12-16000 iMiev. Last month, the Cadillac ELR outsold iMev !
          Letstakeawalk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @David Murray
          The I-Miev is cheaper than taking public transportation. It doesn't have to have a particularly nice interior to improve upon the local bus. It is ideal city transport at an exceedingly cheap price.
          Koenigsegg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @David Murray
          leaf is hideous
        offib
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marco Polo
        Marco, the main reason why Mitsubishi sold 1 i-MiEV in January was because there's virtually no stock left in the US. . It's unfortunate because a lot of authors have been taking jabs at the car's sales for months without giving any reason why. Lets just remember that those i-MiEVs were built in 2012, none in 2013. Last year in January and February, they cleared stock and sold over 200 and over 300 units respectfully because of cheap leases. The only difference now is that it's hard to find one, let alone a Mitsubishi dealership. Everyone glosses over that. When the new i-MiEV arrives in April and May, I suspect that they will settle at $99 or better yet, $69 per month. Last year was pretty much an experiment for them, a successful one. They saw how cheap leases allowed the i-MiEV to increase 2013 sales by 75%. So there will be demand for the i-MiEV, of course not in the first month of introducing it.
          Marco Polo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @offib
          @ offib Thank you for your interesting explanation. I don't live in the US, but I did some research and could only discover 14 US dealers with a total 23 new iMievs for sale. However, lets face it, with only a total of 600 iMevs sold in the US since 2009, US sales really need to improve.
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      smart ED is truly the most underrated EV available. I feel sorry for all of you that never even think about it, im just driving around in one of the coolest and most affordable EV's in the world. And leaf sucks ass.
        Aaron
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        The only reason I don't consider the Smart ED is because I can't put my child's car seat in the back. If I were to put it in the front, I would have no place to put my wife. The Smart ED is a great commuter car for single people, but for families, it's not so great... just for sizing reasons.
        Marco Polo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        @ Tesla Fan Now, now, play nice. All EV's have a certain amount of virtue and charm to their owners. There aren't enough EV's to start disparaging one model against another. Save your criticism for ICE vehicles.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Marco Polo
          I own a Model S. It is way overpriced , I do really like the accelaration , will turn over after the lease, Go back to my gas MBZ!
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Marco Polo
          What's your configuration, cohen?
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