Mitsubishi i-MiEV 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...

  • 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Quick Drive  -  Portland OR  -  July 2015   [photo: Doug Berger]
    RIP Mitsubishi i-MiEV: lowest-range, slowest electric car departs U.S. market

    The Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car deserves a place in history. It was arguably the first mass-produced modern electric car put on sale, well before the Nissan Leaf arrived in December 2010. Pre-production i-MiEVs were operating in test fleets in Japan as early as 2007, and it was on sale in that...

  • 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Quick Drive  -  Portland OR  -  July 2015   [photo: Doug Berger]
    Little i-MiEV Electric Car: How Does It Compare To VW e-Golf?

    The 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is an outlier—in design, in layout, and in the way it drives. Yet our long-term 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf is nearly the polar opposite—a full battery-electric model wearing the look, feel, and functionality of one of the world’s best-selling cars of all...

  • 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Quick Drive  -  Portland OR  -  July 2015   [photo: Doug Berger]
    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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    Used Electric Cars: About To Get Big, What You Need To Know

    Think electric-car ownership is priced out of your league? It’s simply not. Even if leasing isn’t for you, or you don’t have the stellar credit required to get some of those deals, prices are plummeting on used electric vehicles—and that makes it a buyers’ market...

  • 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
    2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Electric Minicar To Start Deliveries This Month: UPDATE

    The little Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the smallest four-seat electric car sold in North America, and its sales have been commensurate with its size: low. Since it went on sale more than three years ago, sales have totaled less than 2,000 units--against 72,300 for the larger Nissan Leaf. DON'T MISS: 2014...

  • 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, 2013 Wheego LiFe electric cars  [photo: Jen Danzinger]

    Reader Jen Danzinger explains what it's really like to drive a very small battery-electric car year-round in the Midwest. In the years following my participation in the Progressive Automotive X-Prize, I have watched with keen interest as major car companies introduced electric vehicles into their fleets. Obsessed with cars since my teen years, I now have a newly-developed nerdy focus on electric cars. DON'T MISS: 2012 Mitsubishi i Electric Minicar: Drive Report VIDEO (Aug 2012) Unfortunately, most models are not available in my state, as Illinois doesn't offer the same tax incentives as...

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    Cheapest Electric Car, Under $10K: Only For Tesla-Hating Car Dealers

    A 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car can be had for under $10,000, but only after some complicated math.

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    2012-2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Recall: Brake Pump Corrosion

    Mitusbishi i-MiEV electric cars will be recalled to address faulty brake pumps.

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    Italy's Crisp Carabinieri Get New Patrol Cars: Tiny Electric Minicars

    The Mitsubishi i-MiEV joins Italy's Carabinieri.

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    Mitsubishi i-MiEV Electric Car: Ultimate Guide, What You Need To Know

    The Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car has been around in one form or another for several years now, so there's a lot of information to keep track of. Once simply known as the Mitsubishi 'i', the tiny egg-shaped electric car, with four doors and four seats, has been on sale for several years now U.S...

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    Nissan And Mitsubishi To Join Forces On Low-Cost Electric Minicar

    Mitsubishi was the earliest maker to launch a modern battery-electric small car and sell it in volume, and Nissan has emerged as by far the world's highest-volume seller of electric cars. Now the two makers have announced they're teaming up to develop an inexpensive electric minicar. According to...

  • 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

    There are times when being first to the market with something just isn't enough. Take the Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car. It may have launched as long ago as July 2009 in Japan, but worldwide sales have been just a fraction that of Nissan's Leaf--and in the U.S, total sales are still in the low four-figures range. The 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is unlikely to change that, but it does at least give drivers a different option, and it's hitting dealers as we speak. There was no 2013 i-MiEV--in the U.S, at least--but the 2014 car brings with it a host of detail changes, a price cut and a few more...

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    2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: $6,130 Price Cut, More Standard Features

    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...

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    Will Next Mitsubishi i-MiEV Be Shared By Nissan Too?

    Six degrees of separation: The theory that every person on the planet is connected to every other person in six steps or fewer--Elon Musk perhaps, or his polar opposite, Jeremy Clarkson. The automotive world is similar. A new technology partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Mitsubishi...

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    The Five Greenest, Most Energy-Efficient Cars of 2013

    What cars available in dealers today make the most efficient use of energy? The answer turns out to be four battery-electric vehicles and one plug-in hybrid. Gasoline and diesel cars don't even come close; internal combustion engines waste two-thirds to three-quarters of the energy in their fuel on...

  • 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 electric car

    It seems that Nissan isn’t the only automaker suffering from low electric-car sales figures: Mitsubishi is too. Yesterday, the Japanese automaker announced a temporary halting of shipments of its all-electric i minicar to French automaker Peugeot Citroen. Slightly smaller than the U.S.-spec 2012 Mitsubishi i, the European version of the four-seat car is available under the Mitsubishi brand as well as rebadged for Peugeot as the iOn and Citroen as the C-Zero. One of the first all-electric cars to hit the market, the Mitsubishi i was the highest selling electric car in the world for a...

  • First Production 2012 Mitsubishi 'i' Delivered In San Francisco

    December seems to be the month when new electric-car makers manage to squeak their first deliveries in under the wire. Last year at this time, Nissan delivered its first Leaf electric car in San Francisco on December 12, with the first Chevrolet Volt following on December 18. This year, it's the...

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    2012 Mitsubishi 'i': Taking The Electric Car On The Road

    Mitsubishi is showing U.S. specification, but pre-final production “i” cars in a touring roadshow

  • Hertz electric-car rental press event, New York City, September 2010
    Hertz Says 'We Need More Electric Cars' After Year Of Rentals

    Hertz has now been renting electric and plug-in cars for almost a year, and the company has learned some lessons along the way. Among them: "We need more electric cars!" Specifically, "We've got about 50 electric cars in our fleets now, and we could use another 2,000 to 3,000 if we could just get...

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car at quick charging station
    DC Fast Charging: Mitsubishi Says You Can Do It Every Day

    The 2012 Mitsubishi i batteries will retain 80 percent of their original charge after ten years—and that includes a consideration that the battery might be frequently quick-charged.

  • 2012 Mitsubishi i  -  First Drive, U.S.-spec MiEV
    2012 Mitsubishi i: First Drive, U.S.-Spec MiEV

    The 2012 Mitsubishi i (what it’s called here) is the most efficient DOT-legal vehicle for sale in the U.S. market, with an official MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) rating of 112.

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