Mitsubishi i News

  • 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

    Think back, if you can, to early 2008. In the real world, that's just 10 years ago, but in electric-car time, it's several millennia. The Tesla Roadster had been announced, but hadn't yet struggled into production. The Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt were still deep in development, and the plan for a Tesla Model S hadn't been announced beyond a vague promise in Tesla's published 2006 "Secret Master Plan." DON'T MISS: RIP Mitsubishi i-MiEV: lowest-range, slowest electric car departs U.S. market (Aug 2017) So it was nothing short of a revelation when Mitsubishi announced it would produce and sell a...

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    2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Drive Report Of 62-Mile Electric Minicar

    It’s been nearly four years since the tiny Mitsubishi i-MiEV hit the market. And considering the rapid evolution and transformation of the electric-car market that’s occurred over the past several times the earth has gone around the sun, that’s really light years. So when we...

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    Kei Cars: Japan's Tiny (But Often High-Tech) Minicars

    You don't need us to tell you that the Japanese car market is about as far-removed from the U.S. market as it's possible to get. Where big trucks still dominate in North America, vehicles that almost fit in the average truck's pickup bed make up almost half of all Japanese car sales. Those cars are...

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    Mitsubishi Looks Into Separate Japanese Plug-In Battery Fires

    Prepare yourselves everyone--more electric cars have caught fire. This time, Japanese automaker Mitsubishi has reported two battery fire incidents in Japan, related to two of its plug-in products--the Mitsubishi i electric car, and Outlander plug-in hybrid crossover. A press release from Mitsubishi...

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    Mitsubishi i-MiEV Electric Cars Recalled To Fix Braking Problem

    Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is recalling 14,700 Mitsubishi i, or i-MiEV electric cars over a brake fault. The global recall will fix a component of the brake booster system. In normal operation, an electric pump sends air to the brake booster, which applies extra force to that generated by the driver...

  • Mitsubishi i $69 per month lease deal
    Mitsubishi i In Cheapest Electric Car Lease Yet: $69 Per Month

    If you're eager to get behind the wheel of an electric car, then there are few cheaper ways of doing it than one lease deal from an Illinois Mitsubishi dealer. O'Brien Mitsubishi in Normal, IL, is offering a new Mitsubishi i electric car for lease from just $69 per month over 24 months--far less...

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    For a time, the 2012 Mitsubishi i was the cheapest electric car on sale in the U.S. When smart announced its third-generation Electric Drive would retail from $25,750 for the coupe model, it made the $29,975 Mitsubishi look a bit expensive. Even if it does have two extra seats. Now, Town & Country Mitsubishi in Milwaukie, Oregon, is selling the Mitsubishi i at a discounted price, undercutting the smart. With a discount of $5,075, the 112 MPGe Mitsubishi can now be had for only $24,900. That's before you take any local and federal incentives into consideration, too. If you're able to...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Spark minicar, New York City, Aug 2012
    Ultimate Guide To Gas-Sipping Minicars On Sale In The U.S.

    Which side are you on? Bigger is better? Or perhaps 'No replacement for displacement'? Or do you think more along the lines of 'small is beautiful' and 'good things come in small packages'? If it's the latter, then you may also be a fan of the smallest cars manufacturers have to offer. And if you...

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    Quick-Charging Your Electric Car? It Could Be Less Full Than You Think

    Chademo-specification DC quick chargers make it possible for owners of electric cars like the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i to travel well beyond the range of a single charge in a day without waiting for hours every time their car needs charging. But while quick DC charging stations can charge the...

  • 2012 Mitsubishi i, City Island, NY, Aug 2012
    2012 Mitsubishi i Electric Minicar: Drive Report VIDEO!

    We liked the 2012 Mitsubishi i electric minicar we drove last week rather more than we expected. Its main handicap, even in city usage, is its low electric range. We didn't test the car to its limits, and indeed the range indicator may be slightly pessimistic (much safer than being optimistic...

  • 2012 Mitsubishi i electric car, New York City, August 2012
    2012 Mitsubishi i Electric Minicar: Driven

    It took a while, but we've finally had a chance to spend time with the smallest plug-in electric car sold in the U.S. The 2012 Mitsubishi i (also known as the i-MiEV) is a battery electric minicar roughly the size of a Mini Cooper. The little hatchback has four doors, four usable seats, and a lot...

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV Evolution crashes during Pikes Peak practice
    Mitsubishi 'i' Electric Cars At Pikes Peak Hill Climb

    If racing improves the breed, then the next generation of Mitsubishi's electric cars could be a significant step up from the humble Mitsubishi 'i' sold today. The 'i' itself is the focus of Mitsubishi's efforts at this year's Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, where a production-spec car and a...

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    This morning, Mitsubishi North America announced an official recall of certain 2012 Mitsubishi i electric cars after it became apparent that there may be an incompatibility between the air bag sensors and the car’s on-board diagnostics system. According to the official recall notice posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website , the problem affects some cars made between November 4, 2011 and December 22, 2011. In affected cars, the side and curtain air bags may be deactivated by the car’s self-diagnostic software, illuminating the SRS warning lamp on the...

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    2012 Mitsubishi i Gets 'Making Of' Program On Discovery Channel

    There's something fascinating about "how it's made"-style programs. Even the most mundane items can seem interesting as they whirr down a production line gaining attributes as they go. When the object is already interesting, like an electric car, that's even more reason to watch. To that end, keep...

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    2012 Mitsubishi i Electric Car Owners Speak Up: Pros And Cons

    There might not be many on U.S. roads--less than a thousand in total--but Mitsubishi's 'i' electric car is one of the few all-electric cars on sale at the moment, and has a small, dedicated band of owners only too happy to sing its praises. Someone has to, that's for sure, as reviews for the little...

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    Mitsubishi Aims To Plug In Entire Range Within 4 Years

    In the automotive world, there are automakers who ignore plug-in vehicle technology, those who experiment with it, those who do it because they have to, and those for whom it is part of the company future. With its 2012 i electric minicar already on sale in the U.S., and its Outlander plug-in...

  • Rafael de Mestre's round-the-world Tesla [Image: 1e-race.com / @chargelocator on Twitter]
    Two Electric Cars, One Planet To Race Around: Who Will Win?

    Remember the two French guys in their Mitsubishi i (well, Citroen C-Zero)? Their eight-month, 15,500-mile journey in the tiny electric car is just one of many long-distance EV publicity drives we've seen, but certainly one of the longest. Naturally, they're not the only people to have thought of...

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    Consumer Reports Hates 2012 Mitsubishi I’s Range: Is It Right?

    Mitsubishi’s tiny egg-shaped electric car known as the 2012 Mitsubishi i is currently the cheapest electric car you can buy in the U.S. Starting at $29,125 before incentives, the 2012 Mitsubishi i features seating for four adults, a 16 kilowatt-hour battery pack, and an EPA-approved range of...

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf electric car - net pricing shown on Nissan website

    Always read the fine print. That's a lesson every car buyer should take to heart. Especially since Nissan, Chevrolet, Tesla, and Mitsubishi all now engage in a pricing practice of which they should be ashamed. It's so-called "net pricing" of their electric cars, in which the price appearing in their marketing and on their websites is $7,500 lower than the actual list price. While electric-car advocates and fans may understand the practice, the broader public doesn't. And the sticker shock at dealers can be substantial when a buyer, prepared to spend $27,700 for a brand-new 2012 Nissan Leaf...

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV Evolution Pikes Peak racer
    Mitsubishi Reveals Its Crazy Pikes Peak i-MiEV Electric Racer

    We've already brought you news of Mitsubishi's two challengers for this year's Pikes Peak hillclimb, but now the Japanese firm has revealed its purpose-built prototype, set to take to the stage on July 8. While a largely stock Mitsubishi i will be driven up the hill by Beccy Gordon, racing-driver...

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    2012 Mitsubishi i Wants You To Be Free From Electriphobia

    Let’s face it. The U.S. auto industry hasn’t always been very good at advertising the benefits of the electric car. Among them of course, General Motor’s infamous 1996 ad for its EV-1, the cringe-worthy Chevy Volt Dance, the Nissan Leaf Bear Hug ad, and of course, Nissan’s...

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    Electric Car Prices Drop In Europe, Will U.S. Follow?

    When Renault launched its Zoe electric car at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show with a starting price of little over $21,000 (after the U.K's plug-in car grant), more than a few jaws hit the floor. After all, that's easily the cheapest proper electric car on sale in Europe, and even looks good in the U.S...

  • Electric Odyssey: Citroen C-Zero around the world
    Long-Distance Electric-Car Trip: Two French Guys, One i-MiEV

    "We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard" So said President John F. Kennedy in 1962, and only seven years later humankind had set foot on the moon. It's a metaphor for human progress, and...

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    Mitsubishi MiEV House: 2012 Geneva Motor Show

    However efficient combustion engines are getting, they're still more suitable for powering vehicles than they are for powering your house. In that respect, as storers of large amounts of electrical energy, electric cars are more suited to the task, and to prove it, Mitsubishi has brought its "MiEV...