Late last year, Mitsubishi said the Mitsubishi i-MiEV would get a solid price drop down to $22,995 (before destination and fees). Along with the lower digits, the car is getting a bit of a content bump to make the cheapest EV in the US an even better deal. After skipping the 2013 model year, new 2014 model year vehicles are now rolling out to Mitsubishi dealers in the US. We'll see if the new model helps increase sales. In 2013, Mitsubishi sold 1,029 copies of the i which was almost twice as much as it did in 2012 (588). So far in 2014, just 75 i-MiEVs have been sold, 35 of which were in May.

So far in 2014, just 75 i-MiEVs have been sold, 35 in May.

There is only one trim line for the new i-MiEV and it now comes with heaps more standard equipment than it used to. Things like a CHAdeMO DC quick charge port, heated front seats and a leather steering wheel came with the announcement of a $6,130 price drop last December. Read more about the new standard equipment here. New optional equipment includes a LED Illumination Package and a USB iPod adapter kit.

Some things remain the same, like the 16-kWh lithium-ion battery that offers an official range of 62 miles. Mitsubishi takes pains to also include the EPA LA4 cycle range of 98 miles, just to show that 62 miles is not all you're going to get from the electric jellybean. Who wants one?
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2014 Mistubishi i-MiEV information

Feature Description

I-MIEV ES

Mechanical Features

Engine

100% Electric, No Gas required, Zero Tailpipe Emission Vehicle

STD

Transmission/Drive System

Single speed, Fixed reduction gear

STD

Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD)

STD

Suspension

Front: MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar

STD

Rear: 3-link de Dion type

STD

Steering

Speed-sensitive Electric Power Steering (EPS)

STD

Electrical

120V portable 8 /12 amp switchable charging cable

STD

On-board battery charging system with Level 1 120V and Level 2 240V charge port (SAE J1772)

STD

Level 3 DC quick charge port (CHAdeMO)

STD

iMiEV remote system (pre-activated air conditioning & timer charging)

STD

iMIEV Shift Selector (Drive, Eco, Brake) Modes

STD

Center Instrument Display (odometer, charge level, low battery warning indicator, Charge/ECO/Power meter)

STD

Regenerative braking system

STD

Battery warming system

STD

Charge Port Lamp

STD

Exterior Features

Auto on/off headlight control

STD

Halogen projection headlights

STD

Halogen fog lights with DRL function

STD

Body-color outer door handles

STD

Body-color power sideview mirrors

STD

Side fender running lamps

STD

Front and rear intermittent wipers

STD

Electric rear window defroster with timer

STD

Rear LED combination tail lamps

STD

Roof-mounted radio antenna

STD

Heated outer mirrors

STD

Black door sashes

STD

15" Aluminum alloy wheels

STD

Interior Features

4-passenger seating capacity

STD

6-way manual adjustable driver's seat

STD

Driver and passenger seat heater

STD

4-way manual adjustable front-passenger's seat

STD

50/50 split fold-down and recline rear seats

STD

Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

STD

Matte black audio and shift panels

STD

Silver interior accents

STD

Rear seat adjustable head restraints (x2)

STD

Carpeted floor mats

STD

Convenience Features

Electric Air Conditioning with pollen filter

STD

Electric cabin heater

STD

Visor vanity mirror (driver and passenger side)

STD

Power windows with driver one-touch auto-down feature

STD

Height-adjustable front shoulder-belt anchors

STD

Remote keyless entry with panic feature

STD

12-volt power outlet (x1)

STD

Front map lamps

STD

Rear dome lamp

STD

Rear cargo lamp

STD

Retractable assist grips (x4)

STD

Front Cup Holders

STD

Glove box

STD

Front-door storage pockets

STD

100-watt, AM/FM/CD /MP3-compatible audio system with 6 speakers

STD

Safety & Security

Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front air bags

STD

Driver and front-passenger seat mounted side-impact supplemental air bags

STD

Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental airbags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant protection

STD

Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL)

STD

3-point seat belts for all seating positions

STD

Front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters

STD

LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for children)

STD

Front and rear seat height-adjustable headrests

STD

RISE Chassis construction with front and rear crumple zones

STD

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

STD

High voltage cut-off system

STD

Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) for pedestrians

STD

Vehicle Immobilizer System

STD

Vehicle Security System

STD

Low battery warning indicator

STD

Option Packages

LED Illumination Package

Floor Illumination (Blue) Map Light
Room Light

ACC

Cargo Package

Cargo Net
Cargo Mat, Reversible

ACC

Accessory Options (PIO)

Rear park assist sensors

ACC

Side window wind deflectors

ACC

USB Adaptor Kit for i-Pod

ACC

Wheels locks

ACC

Foldable cargo tray

ACC

Body side molding

ACC

Feature Description

I-MIEV ES

Engine

Type

AC synchronous permanent magnetic motor

Engine Code

Y4F1

Cooling System

Water-cooled

Horsepower BHP @ RPM (kW)

66 hp (49Kw) @ 3000~6000

Torque lb-ft. @ RPM (Nm)

145 lb-ft (196 Nm) @ 0~300

Max RPM

9900

Emissions

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV)

Engine Oil Type

-

Recommended Fuel Type

AC electricity

Radiator Core size

370mm x99mm x16mm

Auxiliary Battery

Battery type DC-DC?Converter Output

34B19L(S)

80A

Main Drive Battery

Main Drive Battery chemistry

Lithium-ion

Energy (kWh)

16

Voltage (V)

330

Cooling system

Forced air ventilation

Charging time: 120V / 12A-8A (switchable charger)

14 hours (12A) - 22 hours (8A)

Charging time: 240V / 15A (requires EVSE)

6 hours

DC quick-charge port (CHAdeMO protocol)

Standard

Battery heater for cold weather charging

Standard

Transmission

Single speed, Fixed reduction gear

STD

Final Dear Ratio

7.065:1

Suspension

Front

MacPherson strut with 21mm stabilizer bar

Rear

3-link de Dion type

Steering

Type

Rack-and pinion EPS

Overall Ratio

16.06

Turns, lock to lock

3.49

Turning circle (curb to curb)

30.8 ft.

Brakes/ Tires/ Wheels

Front

Ventilated disc, 10.1 in

Rear

Drum, 8.0 in

ABS

4 sensor, 4 channel with EBD

Swept Area - front (sq in)

159

Swept Area - rear (sq in)

59

Total Swept Area (sq in)

218

Wheels

15 in. Aluminum-Alloy

Tires (Front)

145/65 R15

Tires (Rear)

175/60 R15

Tire Brand

Dunlop Enasave 01A/S (all-season)

Spare Tire

None (Tire Repair Kit)

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase

100.4 in

Overall length

144.7 in

Overall width

62.4 in

Overall height

63.6 in

Track, front

55.9 in

Track, rear

54.3 in

Ground clearance

6.1 in

Interior Dimensions

Head Room

Front

35.6 in

EngineRear

34.3 in

Leg room

Front

33.8 in

Rear

30.0 in

Shoulder room

Front

54.8 in

Rear

54.8 in

Hip room

Front

49.4 in

Rear

47.8 in

SAE volume

Passenger volume

84.7 cu. ft

Cargo volume (cu ft)

13.2 cu. ft

Cargo volume (cu ft) with rear seats down

50.4 cu. ft.

Interior volume (cu ft)

97.9 cu. ft.

Capacities

Passenger Seating

4

Weights

Curb Weight (5MT)

2,579 lbs

GVWR

3,329 lbs

Weight distribution [5MT]

45 / 55 %

Fuel Economy

City (MPGe)

126

Highway (MPGe)

99

Combined (MPGe)

112

Range Combined (EPA 5-cycle - official)

62 Miles

Range City (EPA LA4 cycle)

98 Miles

Warranties

Basic

3-year / 36,000 miles

Limited Powertrain

5-year / 60,000 miles

Battery

8-year / 100,000 miles

Anti-corrosion

7-year / 100,000 miles

Order Code*

Description

(Eng./Tran)

Suggested Retail Price***

Battery

EV44-B

i-MiEV ES

49kW AC Synchronous Motor / AT

$22,995.00

330V, 16 kWh Lithium-Ion Battery

NOTE:

* Please refer to Dealer Coding Guide.
** Includes Dealer Holdback Allowance & Flooring Assistance.
*** Suggested Retail. Dealer is free to establish his/her own mark-ups or margins.

Prices are subject to change without notice.

Prices are established at the time of vehicle shipment.
Destination/Handling, Taxes, Advertising, Promotional Fees, if any, are additional.
Features, options and other equipment are based on the latest information available at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.


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  • 62 Comments
      PeekOyle
      • 6 Months Ago
      No change to range = fail. Honestly why bother.
        Aaron
        • 6 Months Ago
        @PeekOyle
        Since the LEAF hasn't changed its range since the introduction, it's a "fail" in your book too, right? Same with the Tesla? OMG! They haven't increase the 85kW version's range! That car is a fail! Shut up.
      Dave R
      • 6 Months Ago
      Pretty unfair to imply it's selling slow in 2014 stopped selling it in 2013 and 2014 i-MiEVs only just started hitting dealer lots the last couple weeks. Yeah, it's a funky car. But it's the best EV deal out there. Give it a good lease deal in Georgia and I bet you move a ton of them.
        offib
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Dave R
        It would be far more damaging if this was shown on the original autoblog. Now that's what you would call misleading, and we all know how quick those readers and commenters are to judge. The amount of times I've seen people use 2014 i-MiEV sales as proof to how useless EVs or the car itself is. I might be convinced if I didn't know the history of the car and its sales history. But yeah, why are May sales being poked at? No car has made their debut month their best sales month, Mitsubishi is literally testing the water and throws at whatever that sticks. That shouldn't be too hard though but it's justified because Florida, S & N Carolina, Alabama and other sounthern areas have found some interest for the i-MiEV, ironically for its "golf-cart like" nature according to some blistered car reviewers. Mitsubishi should just dive into the West coast, Illonois and Georgia.
      Technoir
      • 6 Months Ago
      They need to come up with new wheel designs,
      AddLightness
      • 6 Months Ago
      Its 5k less than my Leaf but I don't think the lower price is enough to justify a smaller, uglier car with less range lol. The Mitsubishi i is more like what the general public would expect an EV to be.
        Ele Truk
        • 6 Months Ago
        @AddLightness
        No, it's $12,500 less than your Leaf. The $23K price is before the $7500 federal tax credit. Leases should be coming out for the I-MiEV at around $99 a month. Price starts under $16,000 (including fed tax credit).
      Mart
      • 6 Months Ago
      The 16kWh battery is the minimum size required to get the maximum federal tax credit. Some of the early prototypes had 20kWh batteries IIRC. The problem really isn't with the car so much as with Mitsubishi's lack of dealership support and marketing IMO. Compared to the Volt, you get 20 more miles of range on the same battery size, better cargo carrying, but no ICE backup.
      danfred311
      • 6 Months Ago
      Let's see a show of hands of all of you who voted me down and criticized me when I said EVs could easily cost 25k$ or less. That they were ridiculously overpriced and the price had nothing to do with battery cost. Learn the general lesson.
        Spec
        • 6 Months Ago
        @danfred311
        Dude . . . this car has a 16KWH battery and an EPA range of 62 miles. The only reason they can make it this cheap is because of the tiny battery. And it might be losing money at that price for all we know.
          Aaron
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Spec
          @Grendal: Why don't you drive one for yourself rather than listening to other's opinions? It's a perfectly capable car and can smoothly do over 80 MPH down the highway.
          Grendal
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Spec
          Selling only 75 means they are likely losing money on them. They are selling less of these than most companies building compliance cars.
          Grendal
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Spec
          I'm told that it does feel like you're driving a large golf cart. Not that it matters when the price is so low.
          Spec
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Spec
          Well . . . perhaps they sell a bunch of them in other markets. But they sure are not moving many of them in the USA.
      Aaron
      • 6 Months Ago
      I got an i-MiEV when they had the $69/month leases. Although it's not a great car, it's perfectly adequate for my daily drive to work. With the upgrades, this car is on my short list if it's anywhere near the $69 I'm paying for my current i-MiEV. The LEAF is a much nicer car, but even if the i-MiEV's lease is $99/month, I have trouble justifying paying double for a LEAF S.
        Spec
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Aaron
        Yep . . . if you have a short commute this is a great little commuter car that is basically free. At less than $99/month, it basically costs less than what most people spend on gasoline.
      CoolWaters
      • 6 Months Ago
      I don't see any lease offers right now. But, there is a 0% APR 60 month loan program, on a new car sale. What's the real world range?
        Spec
        • 6 Months Ago
        @CoolWaters
        EPA rated at 62 miles. I'm sure you can do much better than that with careful driving and in the summer. But in a cold climate winter . . . it probably has an annoyingly short range.
          Aaron
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Spec
          @CoolWaters: Yes, you can reliably get 30 miles of range, even in the winter with the heater at a nice temperature. Just stay away from the highways. The i-MiEV has the aerodynamics of a brick, so highway range is not good. Keeping the speed down to 60 on the highway helps a lot.
          CoolWaters
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Spec
          In Winter, would that be 50 or 30? Can you reliably always get 30 or 40 miles of range?
          RoyEMunson
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Spec
          My Volt is rated at EPA 38 miles range. I routinely get around 40's with AC (ECO Mode) in the summer. In the winter I get about mid 30s... but I rarely turn the heat on. If I hyper mile I will get 50 miles before the ICE kicks in. I would say that 62 is a relatively solid number for real world, about 50 in the winter is still not too bad for most commutes. Need more range, turn the heater off.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Can they actually make them look good? they'd probably get more sales rather than a midget looking flexball. Make a two door sportier version.
        offib
        • 6 Months Ago
        There's the EU i-MiEV, including the Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot iOn. They're the better bunch of the i-MiEV family. The US version does look rather sily and rediculous with cartoonish bumbers and lights making it appear to have a big, garish smile and dimples. There was a 2 door version, the i-MiEV Sport. I'll let you decide on that one!
          jeff
          • 6 Months Ago
          @offib
          I wonder how much (or little) market research went into the exterior design process. I am repulsed at the look of the thing. Granted there's no need for large open areas for the ICE radiator, but this is silly. It's a clown car. Those aren't smiles folks give when it drives by,,,,it's laughing!!
          jeff
          • 6 Months Ago
          @offib
          I wonder how much (or little) market research went into the exterior design process. I am repulsed at the look of the thing. Granted there's no need for large open areas for the ICE radiator, but this is silly. It's a clown car. Those aren't smiles folks give when it drives by,,,,it's laughing!!
      Levine Levine
      • 6 Months Ago
      Judging from their cars, Mitsubishi management just never seem to "get it.' The company is older than Honda and Toyota but behaves as if it is the new dummy kid on the block. The i-Miev makes Mitsubishi the i-Loser.
        Spec
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        This car is based on the Kei car segment in Japan. They are inexpensive tiny little commuter cars (mostly sold with internal combustion engines). There are special regulations in Japan that encourage the production & purchase of them. Most of them are never brought over to the USA. But this one was brought over as an inexpensive little EV. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei_car
      Spec
      • 6 Months Ago
      It is nice that there is such a low priced EV available. But I don't get it . . . can't they just offer 20, 24, or 30KWH versions as an option? The 16KWH battery is just too small for a pure EV.
        offib
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Spec
        It is too small, especially if it's not efficeint and detremental at motorway/highway speeds. It's just the size of the car, I think I've said this before. The battery pack is bolted on to what looks liek the car's ladder chassis. It takes up all of the space it needs, the space beneath both the driver, front and rear passaenger seats as well as a small bit of rear foot room. There's literally not that much more space to cram more cells in. The rear is where the motor and electronics live, the front is where the driver's legs are and the nose is the crumple zone (barely). It's just too small to house a 20kWh, 24kWh or even a rather large 30kWh pack with Mitsubishi's current technology. It also doesn't help that the i-MiEV is based off petrol car. I don't think Mitsubishi and GS Yuasa are aiming for a better performing battery, they've made their old cells far cheaper, before any other manufacturer. That's their goal (as well as Tesla's), which is why the i-MiEV and Outlander PHEV are so price competitive.
          Spec
          • 6 Months Ago
          @offib
          Well, there is an image of a i-MiEV flipped onto its side and there does appear to be room for more battery. They could at least make it a little thicker. http://r1.cygnuspub.com/files/cygnus/image/FHC/2013/JUN/600x400/extrication-7-13-dsc-0707_10954600.jpg
          GoodCheer
          • 6 Months Ago
          @offib
          You hint at this, but its important to point out that battery energy density has improved significantly since the iMiEV was released, so they could put more kWh into the same space, but it would be a trade-off with price. While this is the low end of range, I still think most of the 60% of US households that have 2 or more vehicles, and almost all of the 30% of US households that have 3 or more would be just fine with this as a primary vehicle, and something with more range to use when needed.
      electric-car-insider
      • 6 Months Ago
      This is the new millenium's Volkswagen Beetle, and one of the most exciting new EV product releases ever. Why? It's dorky looking, yes. It has limited range, yes. It's not nearly as nicely appointed as any other EV, true. But take the selling price and divide by two. *subtract $10,000 from that number.* divide by 36. That's what this car could lease for. If that number looks crazy (it's probably less than you pay for your cell phone) consider that the 2012 version leased for as low as $69, and had a much higher MSRP. It also lacked QC, which is now standard equipment. This is a fantastic car for high school kids, people on fixed incomes, and people who don't drive much and folks who don't consider their car an extension of their ego. Bravo, Mitsu, bravo!
        Spec
        • 6 Months Ago
        @electric-car-insider
        Seriously. If I had a teenage kid whining for a car, I'd consider getting them this. They wouldn't have to pay for fuel, I'm sure it is cheap to insure (the car is inexpensive), and you don't have to worry about the eloping or going on some road trip. ;-)
          Aaron
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Spec
          @Grendal: Funny, every woman I've shown my car to calls it "cute". Maybe you should stop measuring your self-worth by the car you drive.
          RoyEMunson
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Spec
          It would make a great first car! Never thought of it like that... They need to market these to HS and College students. Brilliant!
          Grendal
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Spec
          You could guarantee that your kid wouldn't get pregnant or get someone pregnant driving this around either. :-)
        GoodCheer
        • 6 Months Ago
        @electric-car-insider
        I'd go ahead and refer to it as 'quck charging' or maybe 'Chademo'. In most contexts, QC stands for Quality Control, which would be a much worse thing to lack.
        electric-car-insider
        • 6 Months Ago
        @electric-car-insider
        *lacked QC as standard equipment. Was avail as an extra cost option.
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