Mitsubishi i-MiEV EV Set For America

Mitsubishi has begun producing the North American version of its i-MiEV electric car at its Mizushima manufacturing plant in Japan, with cars bound for the western states of Hawaii, California, Washington and Oregon by the end of this month.

Sales of the mass-market electric car, seen potentially as a major rival for the Nissan Leaf, will expand throughout other parts of the United States and Canada by the end of fiscal year 2012, the company says.

Mitsubishi's i-MiEV electric car

image via Mitsubishi

As we reported in September, the retail price for the basic i-MiEV model is $29,125. Subtract the $7,500 federal tax credit for buying an EV, and the net price to the buyer is $21,625. Top speed for the i-MiEV is around 80 mph, and it has a range of about 90 miles.

image via Mitsubishi

The North American version of the i-MiEV is said to have more torque, a larger body and new front and rear bumpers, plus upgraded safety features (advanced airbag and tire pressure monitoring systems) to conform to North American safety requirements.

image via Mitsubishi

The EV, as you can see in the photo above, may be a little bare bones for some on the interior. Still, Mitsubishi said it has been selling its “ultimate eco-car” in Japan since July 2009 and started full-scale export to Europe in 2010.  Cumulatively, it has sold more than 16,000 units to date, so there is definitely a market for a more scaled down electric car.


  • Reply November 7, 2011

    Stuart Hampton

    I know that over time that the fuel economy will make the initial sales price seem like a bargain, but ($29,000 or even less than $22,000) still comes across as a major sticker price shock for the style and size and performance metrics of the vehicle.

  • Reply November 8, 2011

    David Gaines

    Would it be possible to charge an EV Vehicle by way of PV panels? u00a0Because charging it by coal power is not green at all.

    • Reply November 8, 2011


      There are some solutions out there being unveiled in partnership between car makers and solar companies, but the technology has a bit to go to scale properly.

    • Reply November 8, 2011

      Steve Archer

      Of course you can charge using photovoltaics. And as a matter of REAL fact, as opposed to “the facts” put out there by certain interests who for whatever reasons choose to perpetuate this loaded assertion, charging by “coal power”- assuming that this is your only option in the first place (rolling eyes)- is in fact much greener than running an equivalent internal combustion engine.

  • Reply November 15, 2011

    Paul Sport

    This is the first small electric car I have liked. I am really glad to see someone like Mitsubishi come out with this, as I am not a big fan of Honda or Toyota these days. I am extremely excited it is finally coming to the US, I hope a dealership close by me will offer it 🙂 I’ve been reading up on it a lot at a great site for those looking to learn some more about this car other than the above article!

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