The new 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV will not only feature an expanded standard equipment package but it will also get a $6,130 price cut over the 2012 model, according to Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA). The 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES model -- which features CHAdeMO DC quick charge port, battery warming system and heated side view mirrors – is now available for only $22,995, sans Federal tax credit.
If the $7,500 Federal tax credit is factored in, the 2014 i-MiEV ES will have a net MSRP of the $15,495. The technologically-advanced 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES could further benefit from the generous financial incentives offered by numerous states and municipalities for environment friendly vehicles.
For instance, residents in California could avail of EV financial incentive of up to $2,500, thus bringing down the net price of the 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES from the initial $22,995 to $12,995. This low price for an EV offers a good value as the 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV features a more comprehensive standard equipment package. So far, Mitsubishi has sold over 30,000 Mitsubishi i-MiEV and i-MiEV-based production vehicles around the world – including the United States, Europe and Asia.
The new Mitsubishi i with North American specs boasts of a number of differences from its siblings bound for Japan and Europe. For instance, the North American version of the Mitsubishi i features a retooled, larger body that allows it to offer a more spacious interior that could comfortably accommodate four adults.
In addition, the Mitsubishi i bound for North America comes with an array of safety elements. For instance, the North American-spec Mitsubishi i features, as standard, specific front and rear bumpers for greater protection during a collision. Also included are airbags that could protect passengers and control deployment force. Likewise standard are Active Stability Control (ASC) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Propelled by a very efficient all-electric powertrain, the Mitsubishi i emits no carbon dioxide on the road. Even when taking into account the carbon dioxide emitted by the power plants generating the electricity for powering the Mitsubishi i, the carbon dioxide emissions of this groundbreaking car is equivalent to just 30 percent of those of its non-electric version in Japan, which is powered by a 660-cc gasoline engine. This figure means a lot more considering that fact that Japanese 660-cc engine is only a third of the displacement of the typical four-cylinder gasoline engine in North America.
Interestingly, i's electric powertrain could offer further energy efficiencies when the Eco (Economy) and Brake driving modes are activated. Supplementing the car’s standard Drive mode, the Eco mode restricts excessive power usage from reaching the electric motor. The Brake mode, meanwhile, hikes the resistance of the regenerative braking system in situations like driving downhill to direct more energy into the i’s lithium-ion batteries.