Mitsubishi iMiEV – The Forgotten Electric Green Car News And Reviews

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Mitsubishi i-MiEV – The Forgotten

While everyone was talking the Chevy Volt and the Nissan the forgotten manufacturer, Mitsubishi, worked on its own electric car, the (the name seems like one of Einstein’s formulas the name of a car).  While got a ton of press when the Leaf was early this year, released the much cheaper, i-MiEV with little And, while the Leaf is to $36,000 and the Volt begins at the i-MiEV starts at just (not including destination but before the federal tax credit.

The (MiEV stands for Mitsubishi Electric Vehicle, i stands for i) is a 4 hatchback very similar in to the new Chevy Spark.  Both the and the Spark seat four and are exactly the same length in.) but the i-MiEV is rear-wheel Rear wheel drive have pretty much from American roads the exception of high performance like the Ford Mustang or Camaro or luxury cars as those made by BMW.  wheel drive makes for handling but front wheel usually allows for more space – no transmission hump – but t do as well in snow.

  The i-MiEV may be an exception because its motor is in the back above the wheels, like the original VW which was a bear in snow.

makes the i-MiEV standout is its EPA of 112 MPGe (miles per gallon If you are wondering what MPGe is (I I was), it is an attempt at rating a powered car as if it were gas powered.  The is to give consumers a way to make a comparison between electric and gas The EPA has determined that one gallon of gas is to 33.7 kilowatt hours and they figure miles per based on that relationship.  I the attempt but debate its value.

  I the EPA’s combined city/highway test will be of more to anyone interested in an electric In the city/highway test the i-MiEV 62 miles per charge.  For the record, the Leaf has a slightly lower it has an estimated range of 73 miles per because of its larger battery

What’s the i-MiEV like to Apparently nothing special.  reviewers have commented the ride is harsh and unforgiving, weak and the handling poor. i-MiEV does have a turning radius which make it easy to park.  It is a narrow car so passenger room is and because it is so short the back is both small and lacking in

  One advantage the i-MiEV has over of it’s competitors is total volume.  Because the rear of the i-MiEV fold flat it has 50 cubic feet for cargo; more than the Leaf.  The bad is when the rear seats folded flat the i-MiEV has a relatively anemic 13.2 feet.

  This is especially when compared to 14.5 feet for the Leaf.

The i-MiEV be a relatively safe car (I say relatively the i-MiEV is subject to the same of physics as any car and small cars are at a disadvantage when struck by cars — and just about any car is than the i-MiEV).  The i-MiEV has six  two dual stage airbags and four roof-mounted airbags for the front and rear Like most cars the has a stability control system to the driver keep control of the car on roads and anti-lock brakes to it to a quick stop.

A nice feature in the i-MiEV is Mitsubishi calls the Approaching Alerting System (AVAS) it pedestrians of the cars presence.  is quite specific about the that the sound is audible to outside the car rather than inside.  Toyota did the exact with the 2010 Prius.

Prius emitted a warning only when put in reverse and inside the car.  People were left to fend for

Mitsubishi says users be able to recharge the i-MiEV in 22 hours from a 110-volt or about 7 hours with an 240-volt charging station.  For an all car like the i-MiEV or the Nissan the charging station is virtually a — and not a cheap one — typically costing $2000.  The good news is in some states rebate is available for the charging station.  And in all the i-MiEV qualifies for a federal tax worth up to $7500 depending on the tax liability.  (In other words, if you pay than $7500 in federal your tex credit will be than $7500).

  However, if you lease the i-MiEV (or the or the Volt) you will get the full of the tax credit immediately.  As is the case any electric car, I strongly leasing as opposed to purchasing.  It s that if you lease and then at the end of the you end up buying your electric car you end up paying more for it then if you had the car outright.  However, a lease you if your electric car plummets in due to reliability problems, bad press, or gasoline prices.

  And if your car goes up in value you are also by the lease because your purchase price is determined the lease is initiated, not when it

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As the pictures in the gallery below the i-MiEV’s interior is not exactly It’s pretty plain a lot of hard plastic.  Even the expensive SE is fairly bleak, it padded cloth in a few places but lacks a center armrest.

when it comes to options, the takes a back seat to much everyone.  Unlike other hybrids and electric the i-MiEV does not have climate control.  It does not a remote app that allows or cooling the car.  It does not as standard, a battery warming

 The optional battery system is available as a $150 on the base model or as part of the Premium Package.

The i-MiEV is $6,000 dollars cheaper the Leaf or the Volt and every of it shows.   Keep in mind even though the i-MiEV is cheaper to buy, it costs the same to lease as a Leaf or a Unless you are sure you are going to it, no matter what, leasing is the way to Drive the i-MiEV, drive the drive the Volt and then the one you like best.

  I have a hunch it won’t be the And nothing against Mitsubishi, owned several, as have my and family, they are generally made cars that a solid value, but in this I just can’t imagine a where i-MiEV equals for Mitsubishi.

If you have any questions, free to leave a reply.  I try to questions within 36-hours, sooner.

Happy motoring.

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