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Based on independent EPA testing, the i-MiEV can travel 62 miles1 on a full charge, in typical driving conditions. Incidentally, the EPA's MPGe ratings came in at 126 City and 99 Highway for a combined 112 MPGe—making the i-MiEV one of the most efficient electric cars in its class2.
When considering if the all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV is right for you, it's important to remember that it's designed for shorter city commutes. You should also keep in mind that the i-MiEV requires a parking area with access to a dedicated 120V / 15A power outlet for charging that's been inspected by a certified electrician. If you have those two things covered, the i-MiEV could be your ideal commuter car.
The public charging infrastructure is developing to the point where we foresee that possibility. In fact, thousands of public quick-chargers are currently under development across the nation. So in the near future, you may be able to take your i-MiEV on longer journeys.
The i-MiEV could be used as a primary vehicle if all of your round trips are within the 62-mile range1 of the car. For many, however, it would be an ideal second car—until public charging stations become more available.
Electric motors produce zero on-road emissions and are more efficient than gas engines. Even if you take into account the emissions produced by electrical power plants that provide the energy for charging in many areas across the U.S., EVs are far more environmentally friendly than the gas powered or hybrid alternatives.
Yes. We took great care to use recycled materials wherever we could. The front and rear bumper fascia, instrument panel and door trim of the i-MiEV are all made from recycled polypropylene materials.
As part of our long-term commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, Mitsubishi is currently investigating innovative ways to recycle lithium-ion battery packs for future re-purposing. For example, batteries that are no longer useful in EVs are in fact very useful for energy storage in solar and windmill generation plants. That's just one idea, and we're working with environmental groups very closely to look into many other possibilities.
Our unique rear-motor design maximizes driving performance without sacrificing interior space. The
i-MiEV is surprisingly roomy and offers a thoughtful 85 cubic feet of passenger space. In practical terms, it seats four tall adults comfortably with ample leg and headroom (or you can add two child car seats). There's also a cargo area that can easily handle small suitcases or shopping bags, and the rear seats fold down for extra storage space when needed.
Yes, the i-MiEV is equipped with standard 50/50 split folding rear seats so you can fit all of those weekend toys inside.
EVs are just as safe as any other similarly sized car. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV meets all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and has a six-airbag3* system including advanced frontal airbags. We invite you to explore all the innovative safety features in detail. Click here to learn more.
Yes, the i-MiEV will be equipped with an Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) to alert pedestrians. AVAS generates the sound by reacting to the condition of a speed sensor, a brake switch and the select lever in both forward and reverse. In other words, if you're moving, the AVAS is making an audible sound to let pedestrians know that you're nearby.
A convenient rear camera display is included with the HDD Navigation system, and is only available in the SE Premium package.
Prior to purchasing your i-MiEV, an inspection is required to make sure you have a dedicated 15 amp outlet at home with adequate wiring to sustain a prolonged charging time. That's why we've partnered with AeroVironment (1-866-732-3219) to offer convenient home inspections. The inspection will determine if your home's electric system can efficiently charge the i-MiEV. Also, be sure to review your owner's manual before you plug in your i-MiEV for the first time. And when you're about to start charging, always make sure your charger is plugged in before you plug in your i-MiEV.
At the current national average of 12 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), it costs approximately $3.60 for every 100 miles traveled to "fill up" the i-MiEV. On a yearly basis (if you drive about 15,000 miles) you'll end up spending approximately $550 on electricity. Your costs could be significantly lower if "off peak" electricity pricing is available in your area.
Very favorably. A typical hybrid gets about 50 miles per gallon. Assuming gas is $4.00 per gallon, it would cost you $8.00 to drive 100 miles in a hybrid, compared to the approximate $3.60 it would cost to drive the i-MiEV the same distance (based on an electricity cost of 12 cents per kilowatt hour).
Plenty. For a limited time, the US Federal Government is offering a $7,500 tax credit4 for the purchase of a qualified electric vehicle (the Mitsubishi i-MiEV definitely qualifies).
Plus, many cities and states offer HOV lane access and free parking for EV drivers. For a complete list of available federal and local credits and incentives visit:
Because the i-MiEV is (like any EV) a new category of car, only an i-certified Mitsubishi dealership should make any repair or inspection of the vehicle.
The curb weight is 2579 lbs.
The i-MiEV must be transported on a flatbed towing truck.
As stated in the owner's manual, towing is not recommended.
No, only those dealers who are MiEV certified will be allowed to sell and service the i-MiEV. To find a certified dealer near you, go to the dealer locator.
The i-MiEV is equipped with a standard 100 Watt, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system on the ES trim and a 360-watt, 8-speaker AM/FM/CD deluxe audio system on the SE trim.
When equipped with the SE Premium option package, the i-MiEV includes the FUSE Hands-free Link System™ with a USB port. This feature allows you to plug in your iPod and select tunes by genre, playlist, artist, and album—all by voice command. A USB Adaptor Kit is available on vehicles without FUSE.
Sorry, cruise control is not available. But cruising in the i-MiEV is highly encouraged.
Our designers purposely decided against a sunroof since it would add extra weight and could affect the i-MiEV's all-important drag coefficient. It's decisions like these that give the i-MiEV best-in-class efficiency.
A roof rack is not available since it could affect the i-MiEV's drag coefficient. It's true: Our designers think of everything.
Absolutely. Say goodbye to frequent oil changes. We've completely replaced the gas-powered engine with an all-electric motor and battery so there's no need for engine oil changes commonly required in gas powered cars. This translates into less maintenance visits (and expenses) you'll have to deal with over the life of your car.
Based on independent EPA testing, the i-MiEV can travel 62 miles1 on a full charge, in typical driving conditions. Incidentally, the EPA's MPGe ratings came in at 126 City and 99 Highway for a combined 112 MPGe—making the i-MiEV one of the most efficient electric vehicles in its class2.
Many different factors, such as hot or cold temperatures, vehicle speed, percent grade of roadway, and use of either the cabin heater or the air conditioning system can reduce driving range. On the other hand, it's possible to increase the range of the vehicle by driving more slowly and using the heater and air conditioning sparingly.
No, when the vehicle is not moving the primary battery system does not lose charge. This makes the i-MiEV ideal for urban areas with heavy traffic congestion. Because, unlike a gasoline-powered car, the i-MiEV doesn't "idle" in traffic, burning fuel while you sit there.
We do. The high-quality lithium-ion battery in the i-MiEV is made possible by Japan Lithium Energy. This company is a joint venture between GS Yuasa and Mitsubishi Corporation, giving us the ability to offer a battery that was specifically designed for our EV. Click here to learn more about charging times or safety features.
You have three options.
At the current national average of 12 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), it costs about $3.60 to "fill up" the i-MiEV, for every 100 miles, starting with a fully-discharged battery. On a yearly basis (if you drive about 15,000 miles) you'll end up spending approximately $550 on electricity, a figure that we invite you to compare to the gasoline-powered or hybrid car of your choice. Also, your costs could be significantly lower if "off peak" electricity pricing is available in your area.
The low battery warning indicator will remind you of the low-fuel warnings you'll find in most gas-powered cars. First, a low battery-warning lamp will illuminate, then the warning lamp will flash more rapidly as the battery loses juice.
That depends on the method you use. With a standard dedicated 120V / 15A outlet, it takes about 22 hours. The recommended optional 240V EVSE home charging dock reduces that to approximately 7 hours. Public quick-charging stations can charge the battery to 80% capacity in as little as 30 minutes. Visit our charging page for more details about the three charging options.
Actually, no. Our high-performance battery has outgrown this claim that used to be true of older lithium-ion battery designs. Frequent charging from a non-empty state is perfectly okay, and it doesn't affect the long-term performance. However, you should not repeat charging when the battery is at or near a full charge.
Your main drive lithium-ion battery is covered by an excellent 8-years/100,000 miles limited battery warranty. If the battery is found to be defective during that period it will be replaced free of charge. Predicting the cost of battery replacement after the warranty period is a more difficult question. Over time, battery technology continues to improve and batteries for electric cars become less and less expensive to produce. So while we can't say how much a new battery will cost eight years from now, we can say with some confidence that it will be much less than it is today.
As for installation, our high-performance EVSE chargers will be available for purchase from our partners at AeroVironment (1-866-732-3219). Prior to installation, an expert will perform an inspection on your home's electrical system to make sure it's properly equipped to support the 240V charging unit. For more information, or to schedule your inspection, simply contact AeroVironment at (1-866-732-3219).
If your home is of contemporary construction, it is highly unlikely that the electrical system will require much (if any) upgrades. But if you live in an older home, you might need to upgrade your circuit breaker and ancillary wiring. Each case is different, but after your home inspection, the experts at Aerovironment will be able to provide answers to all of your questions.
For more information, or to schedule your inspection, simply contact AeroVironment at (1-866-732-3219).
If you decide to go with the recommended 240V EVSE home charging dock, we do recommend that you purchase a Mitsubishi-approved model. We're currently working with many different EVSE suppliers and over time, owners will have several different models and manufacturers of EVSE chargers to choose from.
For now, while public charging infrastructure is growing, you will likely do most of your charging at home. But the future looks bright. Public Level 3 quick-charge stations, when available, will give you an 80% charge in as little as 30 minutes, maybe even less.
More and more utility companies are offering financial incentives for EV owners. We suggest that you contact your electricity provider and ask about specific plan options for EV drivers.
Yes. Since the i-MiEV is a 100% electric vehicle, you pay at the plug. Not at the pump. But that's where you save. In fact, after a series of independent tests, the EPA determined that you can save up to $9,900 in fuel costs over five years compared to the average new gasoline powered vehicle.
Yes, the i-MiEV comes standard with our RF wireless MiEV Remote System. This remote allows you to wirelessly interface with the car to set the charging timer, pre-activate interior climate control (cool or hot), turn on the defroster, and view the state of charge of the battery. All from a distance.
Possibly for next generation; however, at this time a solar panel is not available.
Your local utilities department may have up-to-date information. If not, you can consult local municipality websites for more electric car information.
Lithium-ion battery technology is rapidly developing. We are at year one of mass-market electric vehicles, and over the next decade the innovations in battery technology are expected to provide an even greater driving range.
Charging times can vary from place to place, depending on voltage and amperage, but here's a quick look at what you can probably expect:
- Level 1 120V/8A = 22 hours (from empty to full capacity)
- Level 2 240V/15A = 7.0 hours (from empty to full capacity)
- Level 3 DC Quick Charger = 30 minutes (from empty to 80%)
We strongly recommended that only a certified electrician installs your EVSE home charging dock.
The public charging infrastructure is developing to the point where we foresee that possibility. In fact, thousands of public quick-chargers are currently under development across the nation. So, in the near future, you may be able to take your i-MiEV on even longer journeys.
Extreme fluctuations in temperature are a battery's worst friend. Avoiding that, if possible, will help your battery live a long, healthy life.
Yes, the i-MiEV can be plugged into a dedicated, 120V household outlet thanks to our portable charging cable. However, a home inspection from our partners at AeroVironment (1-866-732-3219) is required. Wherever you charge your i-MiEV, the outlet you use HAS TO HAVE BEEN INSPECTED AND APPROVED by a certified electrician.
We recommend that you speak with your apartment management about ways they can accommodate electric vehicle parking.
If you drain the battery while on the road, just give the Mitsubishi Roadside Assistance number a call and we'll have someone out to give you a tow to the nearest i-MiEV certified dealer. As part of our extensive warranty program, you'll be eligible for one free tow every three years. The i-MiEV has an accurate battery level indicator that functions much like the gas gauges you're used to. So with a little attention to that, we doubt you'll need towing services frequently, but it's nice to know our service is there if you need it.
The primary battery is protected underneath the center of the vehicle and enclosed in a stainless steel, watertight compartment.
You'll be pleased to discover that battery drainage is minimal during static vehicle storage. Please see your owner's manual for details.
Cold temperatures could affect the i-MiEV's driving range due to heater usage, which consumes more energy.
The car has a top speed of about 81 mph and is fully freeway capable.
We're using an efficient 49 kWh AC synchronous motor that produces 66 hp and 145 lb-ft of instant torque. In plain English, the i-MiEV provides lots of instant acceleration. You'll find that it has surprising pickup and is really fun to drive.
While there's plenty new to marvel at, there's little new to learn. The i-MiEV drives just like a gasoline-powered car and you'll be right at home behind the wheel. Charging the vehicle is easy, too. Just plug it in.
For many performance and practical reasons, the i-MiEV is rear wheel drive.
The i-MiEV shift selector provides three convenient modes for the driver to choose from:
We've engineered the i-MiEV to perform just like a gasoline-powered car. You'll notice surprising acceleration, smooth braking and an overall driving experience that's just plain fun. And since the gasoline combustion engine has been replaced by an efficient 100% electric motor you'll experience a nice, quiet ride.
The actual horsepower of an electric motor can be deceiving and the comparison to gas cars isn't quite fair. For example, it may sound like our 66-horsepower motor doesn't have much power. But the real judge of power in an electric motor is torque and we have 145 ft-lbs of it. That's a nice amount, since 100% of torque is instantly available from electric motors, unlike gasoline engines. So in the end, when you step on the accelerator in the i-MiEV, you definitely feel it.
The i-MiEV comes standard with a single fix reduction gear transmission (basically, a single speed automatic transmission).
When you take your foot off of the accelerator pedal, the regenerative braking system takes effect. Using the kinetic effect from deceleration, the energy is restored to the primary battery, thereby extending the battery range. When decelerating, the motion energy is converted into electric energy—basically the i-MiEV is now using the motor as a power generator.
Yes. EVs have far fewer parts than cars with gas-powered engines and drivetrains. That means they have fewer parts that can wear out or fail. Your Mitsubishi dealer will be able to provide accurate estimates of maintenance costs when the car arrives in early 2012.
From a mechanical perspective, EVs are entirely different from traditional cars, so you must take it to a certified i-MiEV dealer for maintenance.
Yes, and maybe even more reliable. Electric motors have far fewer parts than gasoline engines. Fewer parts mean less to go wrong. And you'll never need an oil change.
Either way, it's one of the most affordable electric vehicles in America. Here's an overview of the pricing.
Please do. The i-MiEV is available at dealers in select markets nationwide. If it's available in your area, we highly encourage that you take it for a spin.
The US Federal Government is offering a $7,500 tax credit4 for the purchase of qualified electric vehicles such as the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and many states and cities are offering additional incentives.
For a complete list of available federal and local tax credits and incentives visit:
Of course. The 100% electric i-MiEV — with room for four and a range of 62 miles 1 — is an economical solution for fleets that specialize in short deliveries and car sharing (just to name a few of its many corporate uses). For more i-MiEV information regarding fleets, visit our Fleet page.
Should you decide, for any reason, that the i-MiEV is not quite right for you, the $299 deposit to reserve your car is 100% refundable up to the time of delivery. In addition, the $99.99 fee to secure your home electrical inspection is also refundable, assuming the inspection has not been initiated. If you have scheduled a garage site inspection through AeroVironment, please contact them directly to cancel as it may impact your refund amount. To reach AeroVironment, call (866) 732-3219. Subject to location. Some locations may require additional surcharges. Please allow up to 30 business days for this refund transaction to take place.