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2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Goes on Sale in March with More Options

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America’s most affordable electric vehicle, the 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, will go on sale in the United States in March, according to Inside EVs.

It might be a surprise that a 2016 model is going on sale so early in the year, but there was no 2015 Mitsubishi i-MiEV. All of the 195 sold in the US last year were 2014 models.

The 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV starts at an MSRP of $22,995 and is eligible for a Federal tax credit of up to $7,500, which would reduce the cost to $15,495. The 2016 model receives an optional Navigation Package, Bluetooth phone system, USB port, and a rearview camera. A Level 3 DC quick charging port will also come standard, which can charge the car to 80% in less than 30 minutes.

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The car will offer three driving modes that are manually selectable based on the needs of the driver. “D” mode uses 100% of available torque for maximum performance, “ECO” reduces power output slightly to conserve the battery, and “B” turns up the regenerative braking system to extend the battery life even longer.

Hopefully these added options will encourage greater sales numbers for the little EV, which sold 1,029 units in 2013 but fewer than 200 in 2014, while the Nissan LEAF remains the king of the American EV market.


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News source: Inside EVs

  • Terry

    I think you made an error on the options. You state it comes with a level 3 DC quick charger. It should state it comes equipped with a level 3 DC quick charge port. A DC quick charger would cost almost as much as the car.

    • The News Wheel

      Terry, you’re correct. We’ve made the edit. Thanks for pointing that out!

  • A few clarifications/corrections:

    – The 3 driving modes (D/E/B) have been present in all i-MiEVs since the 2012 launch. This is not a new feature.

    – The Navigation Package, Bluetooth phone system, USB port, and rearview camera are not offered separately, but only in a single $2k option package. Though this was not available in the 2014 version (so is in a sense “new” for 2016), it’s pretty much the same as the Premium package offered on the SE trim level in 2012.

    – The Level 3 DC quick charge port (CHAdeMO format) was standard equipment in 2014, so this is also not a new feature.

    So as far as I can tell, the big change for 2016 is that they brought back a high end electronic goodies package that was dropped in 2014.

    All things considered, it’s a great deal for households that can use a small mid-range (25-30 mile radius w/o opportunity charging) BEV – you sure can’t beat the price. Let’s hope Mitsubishi is actually willing to sell the vehicles this year – that low, low 192 sales figure for the 2014 model was limited more by Mitsubishi’s supply than customer demand. Last time I checked there was a 4-6 month wait to fill orders.