Hey, we found somebody willing to drive a new Mitsubishi i-MiEV over 1,000 miles. The little-bitty four-seat electric vehicle will be used on the other side of the Pond as a support vehicle in the World Advanced Vehicle Expedition (WAVE) road rally through the Swiss Alps this spring.

Brian Orr from EV Matters Ltd. made the purchase, as he'll be providing the support vehicle for Green MotorSport Ltd.'s hand-built utility concept vehicle that's being built with an eye on deploying it in developing countries, the Auto Channel says. Another i-MiEV will be an official, 900 kilogram-plus entrant in the rally, which begins May 31 in Sindelfingen, Germany and finishes a week later in Rigi, Switzerland, with 20 towns or so in between. As many as 70 teams will be joining the party which, in 2013, set a world record for electric-vehicle parades by sending 305 of them very quietly through Zurich.

Despite a tiny price tag, i-MiEV sales in the US (where it's simply known as the i) have come to a near halt as Mitsubishi gets ready to shift its plug-in focus to PHEVs. While US i sales jumped 75 percent last year to 1,029 units, the Japanese automaker has moved just four units (!) domestically during the first two months of 2014.


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      fairfireman21
      • 9 Months Ago
      The place they were realy trying to sell it Normal Illinois is not set up for EVs. I have been there hundreds of times and still I have never seen 1 charging station, that is like trying to sell a snowmobile to someone living in San Fransisco. No need for it. Don't have a chargers or don't have snow same differance, it you can not use it for it's full intended purpose what good is it. That would be like you trying to get me to trade my truck for a Prius, the Prius can not tow 10,000 pounds or even 5000, yes I do not always tow but when I have too I can.
      Aaron
      • 9 Months Ago
      Hey Danny. The reason the i-MiEV isn't selling right now is because there is almost no inventory, and what is left are 2012 models. The 2014s haven't arrived yet (late spring). That being said, you can pick one up at O'Brien Mitsubishi for around $9000 after subsidies.
        fairfireman21
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Aaron
        What subsudies? That $7500 back in taxes? That is only if you have paid in $7500 or more thru the year. If you only paid in $4000 you only get $4000 off.
          • 9 Months Ago
          @fairfireman21
          That $9000 number also requires that you're a resident of Illinois and that you can claim the whole $3500 (10% of MSRP up to $4000) state tax credit. In Chicago, the sales tax is 9.25%. You have to pay sales tax on the full price before credits, so the sales tax would be on $20,000 and not $9,000. That would be an additional $11,000 * .0925 = $1,017.50 of sales tax compared to buying a $9000 car. So if you can qualify for the full $7500 federal tax credit and the full $3500 Illinois tax credit it's more like paying $10k + TTL for the car. That's a very good dealf or those who qualify.
      Koenigsegg
      • 9 Months Ago
      how did that make it out of the design room let alone into production
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        The i-MiEV was based on an existing Kei car in Japan; it's a very popular type of car in Japan. The i-MiEV has actually sold 30,000+ cars worldwide. It's just that you don't see many of them in the United States.