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Review: Mitsubishi i-MiEV

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a five-door hatchback electric car produced by Mitsubishi Motors, and is the electric version of the Mitsubishi i. Rebadged variants of the i-MiEV are also sold in Europe by PSA Peugeot Citroën (PSA) as the Peugeot iOn and Citroën C-Zero. The electric Mitsubishi is powered by a 49-kilowatt (66-horsepower) electric motor driving the rear wheels. It draws its power from a 16-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack mounted in the floor and under the rear seat, and the EPA rates its electric range at 62 miles. The i-MiEV includes a variety of standard features in two trim levels, both incredibly affordable and equally earth-friendly.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Mitsubishi
  • Model: i-MiEV
  • First available: July 2009
  • Next Upgrade: February 2017
  • Electric/Hybrid: Electric
  • Seats: 4
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 13s
  • Range: 62 miles 100 km
  • Price: $22,995
    Price: €21'320
    Price: £18'420

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • 16 kWh 330 V lithium-ion
  • Charge time

    • 22h at 110V
    • 6h at 220V
    • public quick-charge port that connects to CHAdeMO Level 3 public chargers to deliver an 80% charge in as little as 30 minutes

1 User Review on “Mitsubishi i-MiEV”

  1. CarEnthusiast
    Ideal for Short Trips Around Town
    Reviewed
    Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES - I have test driven this car

    I was looking to move into the world of all-electric vehicles, but at the same time didn’t want to spend a fortune on one. With this in mind, I took a day off from work and went to my local Mitsubishi dealership to take a look at the i-MiEV. This is one of the oldest all-electric vehicles on the market and to be honest with you, it is seriously starting to show its age. The one good thing I can say about the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is that it does offer you zero emissions at a very affordable price.

    The first thing I noticed is that it simply does not perform as well as most of the other electric vehicles currently on the market. Zero to 60 miles per hour times are among the slowest of just about any car on the road and that includes gas only cars. The i-MiEV gets it power from a 49-kW electric motor that sports a mere 66 horsepower and drives the rear wheels.

    The electric motor gets what little power it has from a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that sits on the floor under the rear seat. According to the EPA, this battery pack gives the car a range of 62 miles, which is the lowest of any battery-electric car currently available in the United States. Even worse, is that when you use the air conditioning, heat, or drive at high speeds the battery lifespan is only 35 to 40 miles.

    The Mitsubishi i-MiEV seems pretty good for use driving around town as it offers just enough acceleration for stop and go traffic. However, when you get out on the open highway, the i-MiEV falls flat on its face. Not only does it have virtually no reserve power, but when you try to drive at highway speeds, you can literally watch the charge gauge drop.

    Battery charge times are just as unimpressive as it can take 14 hours to charge the i-MiEV’s batteries on 110-volt household current. If you have access to a 15-amp Level 2 charging station, recharging time drops to 7 hours. For 2017, Mitsubishi has added the CHAdeMO DC quick-charging port to all models of the i-MiEV that can charge the battery pack to 80 percent in a little under 30 minutes.

    If all you want is a basic all-electric car for your daily in-town commute or shopping trip, the i-MiEV will get the job done. But if you want to be able to drive out on the highway, you need to look elsewhere as this car is one you might want to avoid.

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