Just a dozen examples of Mitsubishi's i-MiEV electric car rolled off dealer lots in November, and little more than a thousand have found homes since the start of the year.

That number may climb when the 2014 model goes on sale though--as Mitsubishi has just announced a massive $6,130 price drop for the diminutive electric city car.

It pulls the sticker price of an i-MiEV down to $22,995, and much closer to the sort of pricing many feel it should have been in the first place.

For buyers able to make use of applicable Federal and state tax incentives and other benefits, the price could tumble even further. Those eligible for the full $7,500 Federal tax credit, that price could fall to $15,495--and if you live in California with its $2,500 electric car incentive, the car could cost just $12,995.

As well as the price cuts, Mitsubishi has also broadened the range of standard equipment for its electric car. All these features are in addition to those of the 2012 model--as the company made no updates to the car for the 2013 model year.

Now standard are driver and front passenger heated seats, a CHAdeMO DC quick charge port, battery warning system, heated mirrors, rear door speakers, a leather-covered wheel and shift knob, new daytime running lights, front fog lamps and various trim upgrades.

8A/12A switchable Level 1 charging cable is also standard, while a charge port lamp guides the way for your charging cable.

Mechanically--or perhaps that should be electrically--the 2014 i-MiEV is unchanged. The car still features a relatively small 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which powers the wheels through a 49 kW (66 horsepower), 145 lb-ft electric motor.

Efficiency and range should be the same, too. That means an EPA-rated 62 miles and 30 kWh per hundred miles energy usage--for MPG-equivalent figures of 112 combined, 126 in the city and 99 at highway speeds.

The 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV goes on sale late spring 2014.


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