Mitsubishi Spills Details On 2016 i-MiEV – Price Unchanged

MAR 6 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 25

Mitsubishi i-MiEV at Chicago Auto Show - Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Mitsubishi i-MiEV at Chicago Auto Show – Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

First reported by InsideEVs nearly one month ago, Mitsubishi is now re-confirming (via official press release with additional details) the soon-to-arrive 2016 i-MiEV.

Here are all the details (note that there’s no price change), according to Mitsubishi:

2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Arrives at Dealers in March

Starting MSRP of $22,995 (net starting MSRP of $15,495 after $7,500 Federal tax credit)
New touchscreen Navigation Package available for 2016 model
Arriving at Mitsubishi Motors dealers in late March 2015

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) today announced specifications and pricing for the 2016 i-MiEV—a 100 percent electric-powered vehicle—which will arrive at Mitsubishi dealers across the United States in late March 2015. With a starting MSRP of only $22,995*, the technologically advanced i-MiEV is the most affordably-priced electric vehicle (EV) available in America today, and after factoring in the Federal tax credit of $7,500, the net starting MSRP is reduced to $15,495**.

Despite its affordable price point, the 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV comes equipped with a variety of welcome standard features such as heated driver and front passenger seats, remote keyless entry and heated side mirrors. The i-MiEV also features a comprehensive vehicle warranty that includes a fully-transferable 8-year/100,000-mile limited warranty for the lithium-ion main drive battery pack and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty.

“Mitsubishi Motors is committed to developing EV and PHEV technologies,” said MMNA Executive Vice President, Don Swearingen. “The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a safe and reliable form of environmentally sustainable transportation and is a great option for those looking for a 100 percent electric vehicle.”

Additionally, a new Navigation Package is available for the 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV that includes an MMCS navigation system with 7-in. touchscreen display, real-time traffic, 3D mapping and Mapcare®, Bluetooth® hands-free phone system, USB port and rear view camera.

The 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the most affordably-priced 100 percent electric-powered production vehicle available in America today with a MRSP of $22,9951. A Federal tax credit of $7,500 is available, reducing the net MSRP to only $15,4952, and many states offer additional tax credits/rebates toward the purchase of an electric vehicle (EV) which can further reduce the cost.

New for 2016: Navigation Package
New for the 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is an optional Navigation Package that includes an MMCS navigation system with 7-in. touchscreen display, real-time traffic, 3D mapping and Mapcare®; Bluetooth® hands-free phone system; USB port and rear view camera.

The 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV comes equipped with the following standard features:

Interior

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
Driver and front passenger heated seats
6 speaker 100-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3/WMA
Electric manual air conditioning with micron filter
Electric compressor cabin heating
Remote keyless entry
Power windows, side view mirrors and door locks
50/50-split fold-down and recline rear seats
Passenger-side vanity mirror with lid
Numerous color/trim upgrades

Exterior

Aluminum wheels
Heated side view mirrors
Front fog lights
Rear LED combination tail lights
Daytime running lights
Black-out door sash trim

Safety

Advanced air bag system with dual-stage supplemental air bags
Driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
Roof-mounted curtain side-impact air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant protection
Antilock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and brake override system
Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL)
High voltage cut-off system
Engine immobilizer anti-theft system
Approaching Vehicle Audio System (AVAS) for alerting pedestrians

Technology

8A/12A switchable Level 1 charging cable
CHAdeMO DC quick charge port
Battery warming system
MiEV remote system (pre-activated air conditioning, heater and timer battery charging)
Approaching Vehicle Audio System (AVAS) for alerting pedestrians
Charging Times: 3
22 hours for 8amp
14 hours for 12 amp
7 hours with 240V/15A Level 2 charging system
Less than 30 minutes to 80% full with CHAdeMO Level 3 DC Quick Charger
Driving Modes:
“D” – allows maximum performance as it generates 100% torque in direct response to accelerator input
“ECO” – helps maximize energy usage (“fuel economy”) by slightly reducing overall power output to reduce the rate of battery consumption
“B” – increases regenerative brake biasing to augment energy recycling (with 100% of power production available)

Warranty:

5 year/60,000 mile powertrain limited warranty
8 year/100,000 mile main drive lithium-ion battery limited warranty
3 year/36,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty

MiEV Drivetrain – Smooth and Efficient
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is rated by the EPA to attain 126 mpg equivalency (MPGe) in city driving, 99 MPGe in highway driving and 112 MPGe combined, and achieves a “real world” EPA driving range of 62 miles and 98 miles in the EPA LA4 city cycle unadjusted.

The “real world” EPA driving evaluation test incorporates battery-sapping segments of aggressive driving and operating the vehicle in higher ambient temperatures with the car’s air conditioning on.
In the EPA’s LA4 city cycle test, the vehicle is driven approximately 7.5 miles with numerous brief stops along the way; this more accurately mimics in-town driving with its accompanying stops/starts for traffic signals.

Weighing 108 lbs., the electric motor powering the i-MiEV utilizes a synchronous permanent magnetic motor design, allowing for reduced weight and compact size. Electric motor reliability is also improved through the use of an advanced neodymium magnet – the strongest type of permanent magnet for use in an electric motor-powered production car.

Producing nearly 49 kW (66 bhp) at 3000 to 6000 rpm and 196 Nm (145 lb.-ft.) of torque from 1 to 300 rpm, the 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV accelerates quickly because maximum torque output is available at any rpm.

The operation of the electric drivetrain is smooth and quiet, and Mitsubishi Motors engineers have designed a special mounting system for the electric motor for an even greater reduction of unwanted noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The motor mounts for the electric motor include a pair of dual insulators that have been developed to minimize vibration where the mount connects to the chassis by cutting off high-frequency noise produced by the electric motor.

Like the electric motor, the single-speed transmission is also compact, measuring less than 7 in. in length and weighing less than 42 lbs. When mated to the electric motor, the combined transmission/motor measures less than 19 in. long and weighs 143 lbs. – a fraction of the weight of the typical internal combustion engine and transmission pairing.

The Motor Control Unit (MCU) is a critical component of a 100 percent electric-powered vehicle as it manages and regulates the electrical power supply to the electric motor to generate the necessary level of torque to power the vehicle by converting the battery pack’s DC voltage into three-phase AC. Conversely, the MCU is responsible for managing the electrical energy that is produced by the regenerative braking system and is fed back into the lithium-ion battery pack. The Motor Control Unit measures 11.3 in. wide, 12.2 in. long and 6.7 in. high and weighs 33 lbs. Like the lithium-ion main drive battery pack, the MCU is housed in a strong and waterproof/dustproof structure for maximum protection.

Lithium-ion Main Drive Battery Pack
Consisting of 88 individual battery cells, the lithium-ion main drive battery pack’s total energy storage capacity is 16 kWh. The battery pack is sandwiched between the vehicle’s interior floor (sub-floor) and the chassis (body frame) inside a specially-designed stainless-steel protective battery case. This design not only helps to protect the battery pack in an accident but also minimizes penetration of objects/debris that can be picked up from the road surface while driving. Additionally, this support structure also contributes to the vehicle’s structural rigidity as it is bolted directly onto the chassis. Another benefit of the lithium-ion main drive battery pack’s location is that it aids overall vehicle dynamics, handling and stability by lowering the vehicle’s center of gravity.

Well-Engineered i-MiEV Platform
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle is a global car sold in a variety of geographic markets around the world, and numerous design enhancements have been made to the vehicle to better suit the American automotive consumer.

The suspension system – a MacPherson strut layout up front and a 3-link De dion type at the rear – provides increased handling stability, and the updated rear suspension has been modified accept wider tread tires.

Another design improvement for North America is an increase in interior room – the interior cabin width is about 4.5 inches greater when compared to that of the European-spec car.

Regenerative Brake Control
The goal of the Regenerative Brake Control system is to provide the maximum amount of regenerative energy back into the lithium-ion main drive battery pack in a controlled and efficient manner.

The system calculates the torque level from the electric motor based on the shift lever position (D, Eco, or B), and the accelerator and brake pedal positions. Data from the anti-lock braking system (ABS), the battery management unit (BMU), the inverter and the Motor Control Unit (MCU) are also factored into the equation to help optimize torque levels.

The driver can see a visual metric while the Regenerative Brake Control system is at work simply by glancing at the “Charge/Eco” needle gauge at the upper left hand section of the speedometer readout. The needle will drift down into “Charge” under braking and regenerate energy back into the battery pack while the needle will move up into “Eco” when discharging power under acceleration.

Innovative i-MiEV Safety Technologies
Electric vehicle-specific safety technologies include the Approaching Vehicle Audio System (AVAS) external audible alert system to warn pedestrians of the approaching EV; automated electrical disengagement of the electric drivetrain and lithium-ion main drive battery pack to protect the vehicle’s occupants and paramedics/rescue personnel in the event of a collision; and having all high-voltage wiring and componentry positioned between the passenger compartment subfloor and the vehicle’s exterior floors so there are no high-voltage wiring harnesses running through the vehicle’s cabin.

A High Voltage Control System instantaneously shuts down the lithium-ion main drive battery pack’s high-voltage circuitry if the system detects any battery pack leakage or failure (the most likely cause of such a battery failure would be a severe vehicle collision). For an additional level of protection, a specially-designed supplemental G-force sensor will activate and shut down the lithium-ion main drive battery pack’s high voltage circuit should the force of a collision be so severe that it damages the High Voltage Control System.

Additionally, Mitsubishi Motors innovative and patented RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) energy absorbing safety cell technology has been incorporated to help reduce injury to the i-MiEV’s occupants.

1 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes destination/handling, tax, title, license etc. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your Mitsubishi retailer for details

2 Tax savings subject to rules and availability. Taxpayer must incur federal tax liability to receive full benefit. Consult your tax professional. Actual prices set by retailer.Financial incentives vary from state to state and are subject to change. Check for availability.

3 Charging times can vary due to the main drive lithium-ion battery pack temperature and conditions

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25 Comments on "Mitsubishi Spills Details On 2016 i-MiEV – Price Unchanged"

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A 1777 word press release for a car which sold just 196 units (in North America) last year.

My advice to Mitsubishi: That’s a 9-to-1 ratio of PR words to cars actually sold. You should try reversing that ratio. Sell more cars, or write shorter press releases… or both.

Still has the 16KWH battery pack? Fail.

Actually, the iMiEV has “fail” written all over it. If it weren’t for the CARB requirements, this car wouldn’t exist at all. It’s the car that Mitsubishi *wants* to fail so it can say “See? Nobody wants electric cars!”

Too bad every other EV is doing so much better.

@toaster: Ugh, the ignorance, it hurts. “If it weren’t for the CARB requirements, this car wouldn’t exist at all.” ???? Not. This is a kei car, designed and sold first and foremost for the Japanese market and European markets, and last and least a very half-hearted attempt in the US, where Mitsu in general has a much smaller footprint. And Fail? The MiEV beat the Leaf to market by almost 1.5 years. It was the first BEV to sell 10k units ever. To date, it has well over 30k units sold worldwide: Japan (>10k), Europe (nearly 20k combined, including the re-badging under Citroen and Peugeot brandname). The US with <2k units was never a major target, with shipping to the US often stopped for a year or more at a time. Of course, this product can never be more than niche in the US, where the auto press and its naive followers keep insisting that redundant performance and convenience features, always trump basic consumer value for what a car is actually used for. It's a kei car, that's a concept as foreign to American culture as the Metric System. This lessened interest in the US is not a MiEV-only feature,… Read more »

I totally agree with your comments, Assaf. I’ve always been a small car guy, and really love our iMiev (maybe because it is way more luxurious than my normal ride). I think Mitsu could sell a lot more of them if they made them available and did just a little bit of advertising. But, alas, Americans think bigger (or faster or more gadgets …) is better, even if it’s contrary to their own self interests.

“I’ve always been a small car guy. . .”

I’ve always thought you were a girl, and your screen name was a reference to you being a female fan of Danica Patrick, the race car driver. LOL! 😀

Mitsubishi doesn’t need to sell the i-MiEV to meet CARB requirements.

The iMiev is definitely not a compliance car, it has been for sale in Texas for 5 years now. I see them from time to time unlike the Rav4 EV, Fit EV, 500e, and PiP.

That said, the product was optimized for Japan. Big crowded cities, short driving ranges (on a long skinny island), and tons of DCQC infrastructure.

The US is basically the opposite of all of those initial design requirements. Add to it that Mitsubishi’s brand value has been through the floor here for years. Unfortunately this car never had much chance here from the start.

The Outlander PHEV on the other hand…

IMHO, this car doesn’t fail due to its battery size (16kW). It’s actually a combo of dealership network and manufacturer (inventory + promotion). Yes, this situation is even far worse than the Chevy Volt! Major push for this EV came after it was launched back in 2010/11 – Hawaiian/CA governments/utilities, plus a few others, and that was pretty much it, and product promotion stopped (or greatly minimized) soon after. Then there is virtually hover around 200 units nationwide inventory for the past several years, not to mention, no new model year for 2 years on the USDM from Japan too! Then (from memory on a news report) the collaboration of the Mitsubishi/i-MiEV and Normal-Bloomington, IL (where Mitsubishi has its US factory) – to turn those 2 into EV towns with all sort of high tech gizmos ended not as planned. It was supposed to be that Mitsubishi would expand its factory for US i-MiEV production in the long run… Finally, the dealership network – it is extremely small! For example, using CA as a reference point, Northern CA – 1 in Silicon Valley, 4 in the suburbs; Souther CA – 5 in Greater Los Angeles area (it’s a big area),… Read more »

16kWh for a new car? I bought a top spec Nissan Leaf SL with every top end package including fast charging. It’s about $13,000 for a Leaf with 30,000 miles on it. And the battery is degraded to a point of only retaining 85% of capacity. Which is about 18-19 usable KWh on a used Leaf. My car now has 61,000 miles on it and I still have 9 bars left. At this point I have about 15kWh left on it.

Bottom line, if you want a new iMiev, buy a 2 year leaf which drives nicer and is more luxurious for about 70% of the cost of an iMieve(including tax credit)

Every battery pack going into an i-MiEV should be going into a U.S. Outlander PHEV instead.

Mitsubishi must have the dumbest execs in the world.

No, American drivers are the most spoiled and self-centered in the world.

In the US, Mitsubishi is one of the lowest-ranking Japanese automaker, if not the very lowest. In Japan and Europe it gets far more respect.

Not to mention Mitsu can get much higher sales margins on a product like an SUV, which American buyers have become used to get near-free low-quality versions of from the Big Three.

At the moment the Outlander PHEV is top-seller car in Europe for the overall EV/PHEV segment, and is also in the major league of the SUV segment. Why even bother entering the extremely crowded US SUV field, and placating the spoiled American consumer at this point? They’ll get to it when the time is right.

Meanwhile, they can still use the MiEV, whose production costs are probably very low now, to undercut the market for those consumers savvy enough to understand what a bargain those commuter BEVs are. And yes, gain those CARB credits in the process 🙂

That, of course, IF they even bother shipping those over here rather than just announcing and then not shipping. That repetitive behavior on the part of Mitsu *is* rather silly and annoying.

Yeah, I’ve sat in an Imiev and its not that bad.

ALthough for me, I’d prefer the Smart42ED. Much nicer and a better value if you only need 2 seats.

If you are going to say that the U.S. consumer is spoiled and entitled, why bother shipping the useless i-MiEV over here?

That’s my point. The Outlander PHEV would have a monopoly in the American plugin SUV market; a market where SUVs are top-sellers. But instead, we get this flimsy kei-car that nobody wants.

I repeat (and clarify): every battery pack in a U.S. i-MiEV should be in a U.S. Outlander PHEV instead.

Meh. They need the CARB credits. And it is not like there are a whole lot of batteries going into iMievs. They only sold a couple hundred or so.

Worldwide sales of the iMiev are close to 40000, much more than most other EVs.

Like Tesla, Mitsubishi can sell its excess CARB credits to other automakers for a tidy sum.

This is what happens when you have a car company managed and planned out by morons. What makes the 2016 Mitsubishi i-miev a moron mobile is I can buy a used i-miev for $7000. Why pay $22,000 for this thing?

What would have really made the i-miev cool is if they would have raised the battery pack to a 120 miles range or at least 25 kilowatts.

” I can buy a used i-miev for $7000. Why pay $22,000 for this thing?”

You can say that for about every car model in the world. But it looks like people don’t bother paying a lot more to get a new one. I wont complain, as I also prefer to by used.

Just as random FYI: regionally it makes a lot of sense if you just need a car to ‘get around town’…or would like a bonus EV added to your fleet.

For example, if you live in Georgia and lease the i-MiEV, between the $7,500 fed credit and the portion of the $5,000 state incentive (while it lasts) it is essentially ABSOLUTELY FREE.

California you can get them on lease equal to around $70/month (nothing down) on average.

I love my MiEV.
It’s a 2012, bought in 2013 with DCQC. I have 24k miles on it and loved every single one of them. My commute is 35mi each way and I can charge on 110 at work. I don’t need/want any internet connectivity (hacking,…) – I have a smartphone for that. If the batteries need change after 8 years/100k miles, I unscrew some bolts and swap them (no water cooling).
It’s a simple, no frills car that gets me from A to B and back.
I can only recommend it to anybody with short commute and a 2nd family car.
In fact, I wish there would be more no frills cars ICE/EV on the market.

This is a good car. I test drove it a couple of times when we were looking a couple of years ago.

But it’s the wrong car for capturing market share in the US, unfortunately, for reasons others have stated.

We ended up leasing a Leaf, mainly because we wanted a little more range and it was just that much nicer. Also, a lease meant we can trade in as the technology improves.

But if we had wanted the best deal and only local driving exclusively, I would have very likely bought the iMiev.

It’s been a month since my purchase of an i-miev. So far it has exceeed my expectations and realistically has met all my needs for urban travel and as of last week my first travel between cities. I had been car sharing a Leaf, which had been great, but the “Meev” more easily transports my harp, work shop equipment and such, while being within my budget (for a used car.) A very fun and under rated car that will do what it says.. (and a bit more)

I bought a 2010 model secondhand. Great city and suburban runabout. Charged with my own solar panels or purchased Green power. Fun to drive – everyone in my family prefers the i-Miev over our ICE cars. I don’t understand the hate for these cars. I would buy another at that price. Good match with an Outlander PHEV.

I’ve totally enjoyed my 2012 I-MIEV. I could care less what other gas-lovers think. I laugh every time I pass a gas station…or Jiffy Lube…or Midas Muffler!