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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

By Jeff Youngs, March 12, 2013
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV was one of the first modern electric cars to go on sale when it arrived for the 2012 model year. Providing space for 4 passengers, the plug-in electric i-MiEV is tall and narrow, yet provides 13.2 cu.-ft. of cargo space behind its rear seat. Fold the rear seat down, and the i-MiEV can hold 50.4 cu.-ft. of cargo. Interested to learn more? Here are 5 fast facts about the Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

1. What does Mitsubishi i-MiEV mean? This electric vehicle's name is an acronym for "innovative Mitsubishi Electric Vehicle." The Mitsubishi i-MiEV sold in the United States is larger than the model sold in other parts of the world. U.S. buyers get a car that is wider and roomier inside.

2. The rear-wheel-drive Mitsubishi i-MiEV is equipped with a 66-horsepower electric motor powered by a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that provides a 62-mile driving range on a full charge. Drivers can select between Performance, Efficiency, and Regenerative Braking driving modes. To achieve the car's EPA-rated 112 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) rating, it is best not to use the Performance mode, and it is best not to explore the vehicle's top speed of 81 mph on a frequent basis.

3. According to Mitsubishi, the i-MiEV can be completely recharged in 22.5 hours using a standard household power outlet. A 240-volt home charging station cuts that recharging time to 7 hours. Using a public quick-charging station, the i-MiEV can be charged to 80% of capacity in just 30 minutes. The company estimates that it costs 3.6 cents per mile to drive the i-MiEV.

4. Two models are on sale: ES and SE, each equipped with an Acoustic Vehicle Alert System that emits a sound at low vehicle speeds to warn pedestrians that an electric vehicle is operating nearby. The i-MiEV SE model is equipped with 15-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, leather seats, a premium audio system, upgraded interior materials, and more. The SE model is exclusively offered with an optional navigation system, and can be upgraded with a reversing camera, and Bluetooth connectivity.

5. After applying the $7,500 federal tax credit offered for the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, this vehicle costs as little as $22,475, including the $850 destination charge. (Price accurate as of March 12, 2013.)

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