The 2013 Mitsubishi i-MiEV That You Can’t Buy In The US
Every month here at InsideEVs we do a little round-up of all the plug-in cars that are on sale in the United States, and how they fared over the past 30 days.
For the i-MiEV so far in 2013, it has been both ends of the sales spectrum. After only selling 588 of the 62 mile (EPA) Japnese kei car in 2012; and in response to a new drastically lowered priced, US-made Nissan LEAF, Mitsu put its EV on clearance, and sold an amazing 594 over the first 60 days of 2013.
On the surface, it appeared Mitsubishi was getting back into the business of selling electric vehicles in a big way. But looking at the story behind the scenes, revealed some heavy discounting on existing inventory.
…and then March came along, and only 31 were sold, less than 10% of the 337 sold in February. A check of inventories showed a lack of supply, and zero new 2013 models available. And that is because they never came in.
All the i-MiEVs sold during the 2013 model year cycle (which started for many continuing car models in September of 2012) are last year’s model.
A check of Mitsubishi’s website, still only lists the 2012 model. For a company that is already promoting the new upcoming 2014 Mirage, you have to wonder if the 2013s are coming at all, or if any new i-MiEVs will ever arrive. It is April after all.
Last November, we filed a report from Mitsubishi saying that the company had no intention of building a second generation of the i-MiEV, or to offer any full electric vehicles anytime soon in the US, but rather focus on PHEVs, like the upcoming Highlander plug-in, which goes on sale in the US in January of 2014.
However, our neighbors to the north in Canada are indeed receiving 2013 editions of the i-MiEV, and we figured we would report on what we are missing in the US, on the off chance it never comes. Is there a heck of a lot of differences? Not really, and most are on the higher end SE model, but it is still interesting to note that it does exist so close to home.
Some highlights of the new 2013 Mitsubishi i-MiEV:
- Some color choices seems to be gone (Raspberry in favor of Ocen Blue Metallic)
- A new “two mode charging cable” (think 120V) is now available that has 2 amperage settings (8A and 12A), which lets you plug into a 120V/15A dedicated outlet. What does that mean in the real world? Gone are the 22.5 hour L1 charges, hello 14 hours
- Heated driver and front passenger seats and seatbacks on SE (previous i-MiEVs featured a heated driver’s seat cushion only)
It should be noted, while Canadians can own a 2013 i-MiEV, they do not come cheap. The ES starts at $33,998 ($33,560 USD), while the SE will set you back $35,498 ($35,000 USD) +$1,700 destination abnd pre-delivery inspection charges.
Check out the 2013 i-MiEV and some of its new features at Mitsubishi Canada’s website, which can be found here.
UPDATE (July 2013): Mitsubishi has now pulled the 2013 MY information and pricing from their website…perhaps in anticipation of 2014s