Mitsubishi confirmed the rumors that were going around; new 2016 i-MiEV is ready to hit the road and come on the market. This car is 100% electric and it is the cheapest entirely electric car on the market. This car has had very little attention in the past and 2014 model was sold in just less than 2.000 units in USA. During that period, Nissan Leaf sold more than 72.000 units. Reason for this poor result may be the fact that this car has very short range. In perfect conditions, it can travel up to 62 miles which is not enough for any bit longer journey. However, for the people who don’t have far to go, it is a perfect city car.
2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV engine
Mitsubishi i-MiEV is smooth and efficient and it has 126 mpg EPA rating in city driving, 99 mpg in highway and 112 mpg combined. With electric motor weighing only 108 lbs., this car has reduces weight and it is more compact. Electric engine consists of 88 individual lithium-ion battery cells which store 16 kWh. Powertrain can produce 49 kW and 145 lb. –ft. of torque from 1-300 rpm, which allows i-MiEV to accelerate quickly because it can reach maximum torque at very small rpm. It comes with 8A/12A Level 1 charging cable which can recharge this car in 22 hours for 8A and 12 hours for 12A. With 15A (240V) Level 2 charging system, it takes about 7 hours to recharge, while with CHAdeMO Level 3 quick charger it takes only 30 minutes to recharge this vehicle to 80% full. It comes with 3 drive modes: “B” which gives increased regenerative braking to augment energy recycling, “D” which allows maximum performance by generating 100% of torque and “ECO” which help maximize fuel economy (energy usage) by reducing power output to reduce battery consumption.
2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV interior
Interior comes with a lot of features including leather-wrapped steering wheel, front passenger heated seats, remote keyless entry, 6 speaker 100-watt audio system with MP3/WMA, numerous color trims and many more. Exterior of this car shows that this is an electric car. It is small and compact. Exterior features are aluminum wheels, LED combination tail lights, front fog lights, heated side view mirrors etc.
2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV safety
A lot has been done to improve the safety of this car. Some of the features are advanced air bag system with dual-stage air bags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) that comes with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution, engine immobilizer anti-theft system, traction and stability control and approaching vehicle audio system which is supposed to alert pedestrians.
2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV release date and price
Mitsubishi announced that i-MiEV will arrive at the dealerships somewhere in march this year with the starting price of $22.995. However, in USA this price will drop to $15.495 after $7.500 federal tax break which will make this car very affordable.