2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Available Now – Pricing, Options, Features, Etc.

JUN 2 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 39

2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

For 2014, Mitsubishi slashed the price of the i-MiEV by $6,130.  The starting price is now only $22,995.

2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Pricing Info

2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Pricing Info

Mitsubishi adds:

“After factoring in the Federal tax credit of $7,500, the net MSRP of the 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV drops down to only $15,495*.

“With a net MSRP of only $15,495 after factoring in the available EV federal tax credit of $7,500 and, for example, with the California state EV financial incentive of up to $2,500** (other generous financial incentives are available through numerous states and municipalities), residents in California can obtain the technologically-advanced 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV for as low as $12,995.

Starting now, the 2014 i-MiEV is available to order and is shipping to dealers throughout the US.

All of the changes for 2014 for the i-MIEV have been known for months now, but just in case you need a refresher, here’s a look at what the 2014 i-MiEV offers:

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39 Comments on "2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Available Now – Pricing, Options, Features, Etc."

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Big Solar

Best city car deal out there.

Lou

None of the local Phila area Mitsu dealers, to my knowledge, yet have any of these in stock. Wonder if any will or if you can only get on by ordering it? Also, might there be manufacturer incentives(such as Mitsu loyalty program, etc)? In particular, what kind of leasing deals might we be seeing?

Lou

Big Solar

I think the leasing deals are on their website. I think you can order one from a nearby dealer or they seem to store some at the ports last time I checked.

Dan Gallagher

Well, not Philly, but not too far either, Lancaster has one:

http://www.lancastermitsubishi.net/for-sale/3790000/mitsubishi/4355A/

Don’t forget that in PA, you can get this for $2k less – until June 30 – due to the rebate.

Dan Gallagher

I just checked with the dealer – the listing was oddly wrong – and they sold their 2014 already. So, you can’t get it from Lancaster, you may as well order one if you want it.

David Murray

There are some things that are totally amazing about this. First of all, at one point Mitsubishi was selling this car for like $35,000 (or somewhere in that range). Does that mean they were just really, really overpriced at that time? Or are they just taking a loss on them now, knowing that not very many people will buy them? (probably because most people think they are ugly)

Now that we have the $2,500 in Texas, that means it is a $13,000 car around here too. That’s pretty cheap. But there are things about the car I just can’t stand.

Big Solar

if saving money is a priority and your commute is 25 miles or less I would not judge this book by its cover…

Aaron

All the ladies who see the car call it “cute”. It might not be a chick magnet in the traditional sense, but girls seem to really like it.

David, don’t people call your LEAF ugly too? 😉

Good points:
Cheap, great turning radius, easy to park, airy cabin, rear-wheel drive, simplified cockpit for fewer distractions, no battery intrusion into the cabin, tons of cargo space with the rear seats folded flat, tons of headroom, lighter than the i3, great regenerative braking.

Bad points:
Horrible in strong crosswinds, tiny tires (hard to find size), very little noise dampening (especially the roof on a rainy day), Tupperware interior, questionable ergonomic choices, small battery, slow.

offib

+1

But what about seating? I definately know that the foot well for the driver’s feet and where the pedals are, are a bit too narrow and that the steering wheel does not tilt or telescope. That would drive me crazy! Unless, the seat has as much adjustment as a Transit van’s.

Lou
David: I had some of the same questions in regards to the original pricing; such as how anyone could believe the car would sell for $33K-$35K when the Nissan Leaf(a larger and more comfortable car) was at the same price? Now, the things I don’t like about the car: 1)Battery size is still smaller than I like. I can go 85 miles per day in summer, 60 miles per day in dead of winter(Using no heat, not fun). Larger battery would mitigate some of those issues. 2)Small car means no room for 5 people. 3)Ride can be rough(potholes are simply an absolute killer!) 4)Kind of a goofy look to the car, although I have gotten past that. 5)3.3 KW on board charger. 10 miles per hour at 240V is just barely acceptable. They do make the QC standard, which is great. The car is bare bones in interior and dash display but that does not affect the “driveability” of the car. And, they should consider a hybrid cabin heater or possibly even a diesel mini-heater. Just changing the heater would be astoundingly helpful for those of us in the NE. Pennsylvania also has a rebate($2000 cash). It’s an impressive car… Read more »
Big Solar

I always thought these small all electric city cars could stand a weed eater size motor to run a heater for people in the north. Hopefully if someone does that they will make it an emergency trickle charger too…??

Assaf

David,

To your “price 2-3 years ago” question, I believe it’s the typical cost-of-tech-development factor at play. With new tech, the early sales are expensive b/c a larger share of your price goes directly to pay for the technology development.

I wager to guess Mitsu is now making money on those (don’t forget they probably get a lot of Japanese government $$ besides the US rebates that help sales). The tech-dev has been paid for, the battery is small plus the per-KWh price has dropped quite a bit since 2010 or even 2012, and the other systems and body are rock-bottom cheap from what I’ve heard.

Don’t forget Japanese makers have a long and successful history making money off of “kei cars”. They know how to make them cheap.

Ocean Railroader

I think what happened with the car starting at $30,000 the car makers and car dealers thought they were going to make a killing selling them the first year they came out. But then reality and falling battery prices came in and they started cutting huge chunks off of the price. Now the car is getting near reality in terms of what it is worth.

Lou

Ooops, meant to say $30/month not $300.

Lou

Ocean Railroader

I really like the looks of this car in that it has more head room then the leaf. I’m really thinking about buying this car when a used one drops to $8000. As of now there are two or three out there that are $10,000 to $11,000 dollars used. But oddly right now there is a big case were the new ones are cheaper then a lot of used ones in that no one has gotten the message they are supposed to be cheap.

Here’s a funny little artwork with a Mitsubishi in it that was vectored http://oceanrailroader.deviantart.com/art/Lilliput-Goes-Green-with-electric-car-charging-453009682?ga_submit_new=10%253A1401716008&ga_type=edit&ga_changes=1

abhishekifmr

From my POV best part is that it will give people another choice.. 8 years and 1,00,000 miles warranty will make people think of buying..

Francis L

Probably the best choice for a commuter who wants a second car. The only problem I see : why Mitsubitchi has to give the iMiev look so toy like? Why an EV can’t look like a Yaris for instead? But I can live with that.

Anon

Good to see the price becoming more reasonable for mass adoption… Just wish it was a better car.

offib

Well, at the $15,000 level, there would rarely be a car that would be “perfect” or impressive in every factor. For around $15,000, the i-MiEV is tough competition for the Prius C, Yaris, iQ, Smart ForTwo (including ED), 500, Spark and so on.

The i-MiEV was never considered tough compitition before and that’s a great turn of pace for it.

It’s roomy for those guys reaching the heights of 6ft 4″ or more according to several owners. The cargo space is well ahead of its competition, well a head of most mid-sized cars. 50.4 cu.ft. is van-like and I know that’s more than what the Prius can offer. That may entise a couple of fleet owners.

Dan Gallagher

+1 – as one of those 6’4″ drivers. Everyone chuckles to see me emerge from a small car, but there are few cars (big or small) designed to have enough headroom and legroom for my frame. The iMiev does it – and I love all but it’s highway inefficiency and instability in cross-winds. I also don’t like the look, but you get used it it and appreciate that it is, perhaps to an extreme, a “function defines form” kind of shape.

Andrei Gloaba

In Romania (Europe) last time I checked the price was over $46k.

DanCar

Would sell better if cost $4k more and at 150 mile range. In other words: Mitsu: please redesign this car and add more batteries.

Ocean Railroader

I think what will most likely happen next year for the 2015 model year they might at least make a 20% to 40% more energy dense battery to it to raise the range to 80 to 100 miles. They might also raise the 66 Hourse Power motor in it to maybe 90 to 120 to give it more power.

As for them raising the range by 20% to 40% this could be realistically be done with existing lithium batteries on the market in that there are several new types of 20% more energy dense ones coming on to the market now.

Spec9

Or just take up some of the storage space. This car NEEDS more battery.

offib
It’s a small car. It really can not fit a larger battery pack in it. Neither can Mitsubishi and its battery partner, GS Yuasa just come up with a new battery chemistry out of no where. They’re completely focussing on reducing the price/kWh, not improving the litre/kWh or Wh/kg. They’re on their right track on using the same outdated technology that no longer costs a fortunre. That’s why the i-MiEV and Outlander PHEV are regarded as affordable compared to their traditional and plug-in competition. What they should really do is improve areodynamics. It’s a great weakpoint for the i-MiEV, it’s Cd is 0.35 if I remember it correctly, and it shows. The underbelly is not covered, you can see pictures of the chassis and battery beneath the i-MiEV. It’s nothing more than massive, blocky and unareodynamic gaps and blocks. It’s worlds away from the underneath of the Model S. It really needs to be more energy ifficient. 112MPGe combined and 99MPGe on the highway with such a small battery and such a low gear ratio isn’t doing it any favours. Creating a flat floor (and covering up that motor) would also improve cabin quality. The US i-MiEV also seems to… Read more »
Pedro

Complete agree.

Miev should be aerodynamically improved specially by making it’s underbelly flat. That would improve aerodynamics, temperature stability and rust proof.

Mart Shearer

The battery packs get it halfway there.

Spec9

Did someone push it over?

And yeah . . . seriously . . . fix the aerodynamics of that. It would cost what . . . $10 maybe to screw on a flat plastic sheet to make it completely smooth.

Spec9

Oh pfftt. You can easily squeeze another 10 KWH of batteries into the car. Just make the under belly a little thicker. Use more of the empty space. Make it slightly longer.

Doug B

In Colorado that would be an EV for $13,015, after fed and Colorado rebates of $7,500 and $2,480. And with electric cost ~ $0.11/kWh, not a bad town car.

offib

I always thought that Colorado has a $6500 rebate! What happened, did I miss something?

Doug B

Colorado Tax Credit is based on sale price (after Fed) and battery size, so higher range, more expensive EVs get a bigger rebate. Its a sensible system, but is a shame, under $10k would be a steal :O)
http://electricridecolorado.com/get_set/my_home/ready-your-home/colorado-tax-credits

Spec9

It is a great bargain . . . but Jeez Mitsubishi . . . can’t you at least provide the option for a 20KWH or 24KWH battery? It would make it so much more useful!

Spec9

At $12995, the i-MiEV is basically a free commuter car. You will burn up much more than $12995 of gasoline driving pretty much any gas car (except may be the best hybrids) over 10 years of driving a gas car. Keep in mind that the price of gasoline will rise over that 10 years.

Lou

Spec9: It’s true that if you drive this car for 10 years, you’ll save(at least)$13,000. I realize that after 6-7 years you probably won’t be getting the range you get at day one. But as long as there is a leveling off of the battery degradation, and it still leaves you, say 75%(46 miles), you have a car forever that is essentially free to run. If you can get away with 30 miles per day in winter(better said 30 miles until you have to charge—and maybe you’ll have workplace charging…)you should be quite happy.

Lou

Surya

The range and power are somewhat limited, but for this price, this is an absolute bargain. I wouldn’t think twice if I needed a second car!

Ecological

I still drive my rhd 2009 Japanese imiev in England. <50,000 miles without any oil. It costs £293 every 14,600 miles in fuel 8 pence per kWh overnight. I charge at 13amps 240v and only use the 50kW jari chademo when travelling long distances. Every British freeway service station will have two Rapid chargers install end by 2015. We never pay to use these public chargers, which have been free to encourage EV uptake. My traction pack has degraded by 5% 750 watt hours since 2009. Buy one whilst their cheap. Free motoring during its lifetime, you can't get cheaper than free solar power for life. Just ask a Tesla owner!

Ecological

They’re the best value (lowest lifetime ownership cost) new electric automobile you can buy in North America. Fiat 500e doesn’t want to sell any more than they are mandated to. The i-car has more loadspace (with the rear seats down) and the 500e costs twice as much in California! Although it has twice the power and 33% better overall range. If your considering a Smart ED, don’t the Mitsubishi has an exceptionally tight turning radius and is just as simple to park in any space as a smart. Go electric for no maintenance motoring, swap tyres and fill the windshield reservoir and you’re set for 100,000 miles. Honestly I’m already half way there…

Ryan

What’s the deal with the cars that are white with a blue hood?