Nearly every automaker around the globe is
looking closely at EVs and hybrids to help meet the ever more stringent CAFE
standards that are being mandated. The latest automotive company to jump on the
EV bandwagon here in the U.S. is Mitsubishi.
The car is called the Mitsubishi
i and it carries a MSRP of under $30,000 before federal
tax credits. The price after the $7,500 federal tax credit for the Mitsubishi i
will be $20,490. That makes the car one of the cheaper EVs on the market. The
EV comes in different trims with the low price being for the ES trim. The SE
trim adds features like a 360W 8-speaker sound system, leather steering wheel
and shift knob, as well as 15-inch aluminum wheels. The SE package adds $2,790
to the base price of the car.
One of the more impressive features of the
Mitsubishi i is that with the DC quick charging port the battery pack can be
recharged to 80% capacity in 30 minutes. The base car includes speed sensitive
electric power steering, 120V 9-amp charge cable, four speaker stereo, and a
100W AM/FM/CD player.
The Mitsubishi i is powered by a 63hp electric
motor and has a targeted
driving range of 85 miles.
The car will be offered first in Hawaii. Buyers in
the Aloha State will be able to get the federal rebate along with an additional
$4,500 rebate from the state.
The car went up for pre-order on April 22 with a
non-refundable deposit of $299 via PayPal due when the person orders. Buyers
will also normally have to pay a $99 inspection fee to be sure their home will
support the charging of the EV. The first 2,000 that pre-order won't have to
pay that fee though.
“We thank Mitsubishi Motors for choosing Hawaii as
one of the first states to receive the new "i" electric car.
Electric vehicles use a fraction of the fuel needed by traditional cars, so
each EV on the road means we're reducing our dependence on imported oil and
increasing our ability to reach Hawaii's goal of 70 percent clean energy within
a generation,” said Estrella Seese, Acting Energy Program Administrator, Hawaii
State Energy Office.
While the Mitsubishi i is just hitting the market,
the company plans to stop
making three models in the U.S. this August. The three models that will be
discontinued at the Normal, Ill. plant this summer include the Eclipse Coupe,
Eclipse Spyder, and the Endeavour. The Galant will continue to be made at
There have been concerns recently that the Evo
may be discontinued as well.