Monday, May 16, 2011

Electric Car 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is petite electric car. The 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV has been launched at L.A. auto show. The i-MiEV has been on sale in Japan since 2009, and will bow in several European countries this December.

The i-MiEV is set to go on sale here in late 2011. The i-MiEV has great competitors such as the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf. Mitsubishi is aiming for a price tag of around $30,000, before factoring in various state and federal tax incentives for electric-vehicle purchases. It’s just below that of the Leaf.

The 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV’s powertrain combines a 63-hp electric motor with a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. Mitsubishi claims a top speed of 81 mph and a driving range of 45 to 75 miles on one charge, which is in line with our real-world experience after driving a prototype in L.A.. A full charge on a 110-volt household circuit takes about 12 hours.

On the exterior, the U.S. i-MiEV’s body has been enlarged, and both the front and rear bumpers have been redesigned. As a result, the car is 11.2 inches longer and 4.3 inches wider than the Japanese-spec model, offering more interior space, although at just 144.9 inches by 62.4. The U.S.-spec cars also will receive different interior fabrics and option packages than European or Asian models. Stay tuned for more specific information about the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV!

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