Nissan LEAF or Mitsubishi iMiEV which electric car has the edge?

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Nissan LEAF or Mitsubishi which electric car has the edge?

13 April 2010. The Green Column

One of the stumbling blocks to the adoption of electric cars is So, as Japanese manufacturers Nissan and enter into a mini war over their zero offerings (see article ) consumers be the winners?

How much each vehicle cost?

has confirmed a starting price of in Japan with the LEAF to benefit from up to Y770,000 in incentives and be free from car and weight tax – the vehicle will be to order from April 1. Mitsubishi countered by making its available to individuals on the same and with government subsidies it be picked up for as little as Y2,840,000.

In the US, the Nissan LEAF is expected to around $25,280 after a tax credit of $7,500 has been – before the deduction, the model $32,780 (see article ). for the model in the States open on 20, with deliveries in select to begin by December. By contrast, the i-MiEV is expected to go on sale in the US in 2011 and Mitsubishi Motors Maurice Durand told at the New York International Auto that a sub $30,000 price tag be targeted even before tax are taken into account.

in the UK, Mitsubishi has already announced its i-MiEV model will just under £39,000 article ) although customers be able to benefit from a reduction thanks to the Government’s Car Grants which begin year. We have an in-depth of how the cost of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV up compared to a petrol car here the vehicle is also expected to be as the Peugeot i0n and the Citroen C-ZERO the end of the year. Nissan is yet to confirm the price tag of the LEAF in the UK, but it is expected to be the lines of its US retail price, would make it significantly than the i-MiEV.

How do the vehicles stack up?

While the price of the two vehicles will be to persuade or deter many from being among the to drive a mass produced car, there are other to be taken into account. is how each vehicle stacks up some key criteria:

Vital statistics of the Mitsubishi

Zero CO2 exhaust emissions.

Top 81 mph.

Range: 80 miles (EU mode, estimated).

Charging Seven hours with a system.

Seating capacity: adults, plus luggage.

weight: 1,105kg.

Dimensions: (l) x 1,475 (w) x 1,610 (h).

statistics of the Nissan LEAF:

CO2 exhaust emissions.

Top speed:

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Range: 100 miles (based on an driving cycle).

Charging Eight hours with a system.

Seating capacity: Four plus luggage.

Kerb 1,545kg.

Dimensions: 4,445 (l) x (w) x 1,550 (h).

The Nissan has the slight edge in terms of and performance capabilities, but the statistics are enough to suggest that the price tag may be the key in swinging consumers one way or the

Our verdict

The Nissan LEAF and the i-MiEV appear closely and the tussle over their prices in Japan may offer for the rest of the world too. traditionally technology is always expensive when it’s new – and vehicles may suffer from the first to market.

According to our analysis, it would take 12 for a Mitsubishi i-MiEV owner to his/her initial outlay compared to a similar petrol car through the savings that can be by charging a car rather than a tank. With most of us reeling from the global and struggling to make ends savings need to be made now than in the long term and additional savings through incentives and freedom from charges may not fail to sway all but the environmentally conscious drivers.

As take up increases however, traditionally fall with costs reduced, and within the two years we should see a host of cars made available may push both of these to the backburner. As such we hope both Nissan and Mitsubishi a serious look at their points to ensure their in being the first to market is and that these innovative receive the attention they

Faye Sunderland

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