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