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2012 Mitsubishi i Electric Car Price Review

With petrol prices tearing into auto-owners pockets with a vengeance, most car makers have decided to introduce at least one electric model into the market as they await the inevitable when fuel might become costlier than gold. Mitsubishi too has decided to join Honda, Toyota, and Chevrolet, among others as it brings in the 2012 Mitsubishi i into the US market by late 2011 .

Here are a few salient and silent features of this all-electric car from Mitsubishi that might witness increased sales much sooner than expected considering the current trend of swiftly-rising crude prices.

Features Of 2012 Mitsubishi i

Exterior Looks

The 2012 Mitsubishi i is an all-electric 4-door hatchback that looks similar to the Tata Nano from the front and the Hyundai Santro from the side with dimensions being somewhat similar to the Hyundai i10 being sold in India as well as in the US market . The car does look cute when viewed from any angle with an aerodynamic front that sports a huge front windscreen.

The car can easily sit 4 people in relative comfort thanks to its height . The side of the i looks quite sporty with small windows sporting a curved design that sets it apart from other small hatchbacks. The rear hatch too looks quite smart and holds tail lamps on both sides of the rear windscreen. Overall the design of the i is truly soothing to the eyes.

Interiors

While the 2012 Mitsubishi i does sport a trendy-yet-traditional dashboard . the instrument cluster displays completely different information as compared to a fossil-burning car. A large circular dial displays the speed of the i while Twin circular dials on each side display the amount of juice left in the batteries and the driving mode of the i as well as trip-meter readings.

The center of the dashboard sports the navigation system on the top while the automatic transmission knob with its various drive-settings is located at the bottom. Interior room is quite generous for a vehicle of this size and grey upholstery is expected to adorn the seats in order to match the dark-grey theme applied to the dashboard and door panels.

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Performance

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Open the hood and you might think that someone has stolen the engine. The fact is that the Mitsubishi i is a rear-wheel drive hatchback much like the Tata Nano, but instead of a petrol or diesel power-plant, the i has an electric motor producing 66 HP along with 145 lb/ft powering the rear wheels.

A 330Volt Lithium-Ion battery pack produces the required power to propel this silent vehicle to a top speed of 81 miles per hour. A complete charge through a 110 Volt home socket will take around 22.5 hours while a 220 Volt charger would do the same within 6 hours .

A special charger that could be installed at public places would be able to charge the batteries to 80 percent capacity within 30 minutes. Mitsubishi claims that their i could run around 85 miles on each charge depending on running conditions as well as the chosen transmission setting that includes Drive mode, Eco mode and B mode.

Pricing Of 2012 Mitsubishi i

Prices of the 2012 Mitsubishi i c ould start at slightly over $28,000 for the base version going up to over $33,000 for the top-end variant . While these prices do seem high, they are certainly much less than hybrids offered by Toyota and Honda. In addition, the Federal tax credit as well as separate tax rebates offered by several states could reduce the price of the i by more than $7,000 . which in turn could provide financial relief for buyers.


Unless countries around the globe discover huge oilfields in their backyards, the future of cars does seem to head towards electric vehicles. Mitsubishi is trying hard to regain lost ground in the US and the 2012 Mitsubishi i does seem a step in the right direction.

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