Mitsubishi i-MiEV (2011–2017)

Model History

July 2009

Mitsubishi i-MiEV launched in Japan

The i-MiEV, on sale in Japan since July 2009 was a sell-out success. The 1,400 units allocated by Mitsubishi for the 2009 Japanese market flew out the door and by November 2009 900 orders had already been placed in Japan from the 2010 build allocation. European production will begin in October 2010 with left hand drive i-MiEV’s available in markets across Continental Europe towards the end of the year.

The cars are taking part in one of the Government’s Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator projects, run by the Technology Strategy Board. Through an extensive selection process, members of the public have been selected by consortium partner, Coventry University, to trial the cars for 12 months allowing analysis of driving and charging behaviour.

The West Midlands CABLED (Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrators) consortium combines the expertise of Arup – design and engineering consultant and project leader, power provider E.ON, the city councils of Birmingham and Coventry, three academic institutions, and five other car manufacturers, and is supported by Advantage West Midlands.

For orders delivered to the customer from 1 January 2011, to coincide with the UK government’s recently announced Consumer Incentive Scheme, the price was originally set at £38,699 including VAT. The government grant will be worth £5,000 off the purchase price of qualifying electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, making the transaction price a hefty £33,699 including VAT.

The ultra-low running costs of the i-MiEV are a key advantage over other cars, with additional incentives including:

  • Only £115 fuel costs for 12,000 miles driving (£0.96 pence for a full charge)
  • Low servicing costs and downtime – only approximately 4 working parts compared to over 300 in a typical internal combustion engine
  • Exempt from road tax (saving approx £300 per annum)
  • First year capital allowances for fleet vehicles
  • Zero benefit-in-kind company car tax
  • Lower rate of VAT for domestic electricity
  • Exempt from congestion charge (saving up to £2,000 per annum)
  • Free parking in many London boroughs and cities such as Milton Keynes
  • Expected high residual values due to high demand outstripping supply for several years to come

Mitsubishi’s newly opened Electric Vehicle Centre in Central London has already taken its first orders for delivery in January, and enquiry levels have soared following the Government’s consumer incentive announcement on 25 th February.

Customers will be able to fully personalise their car from a wide range of environmentally friendly and premium accessories including floor mats made from bio-degradable bamboo fibre; specialist leather seat trims including a monogram service; and a special collection of exterior vehicle designs – from Union Jack Flags to special customer requests. The European Whole Type Vehicle Approved i-MiEV has been engineered to achieve a target Euro NCAP crash test rating of 4-stars and illustrates that customers do not need to compromise in any area.

The days of the ‘milk float’ mentality are truly over as the following specification proves.

Vital Statistics:

  • Zero CO 2 tailpipe emissions
  • Top speed 81 mph
  • Range 80 miles (EU combined mode, estimated)
  • Seating capacity – 4 adults, plus luggage
  • 12-months / 12,500 miles service intervals
  • 3-year warranty and pan-European accident and breakdown cover
  • Kerb weight – 1,105 KG
  • Dimensions – 3,475 (l) x 1,475 (w) x 1,610 (h)

Mechanical:

  • 47kW AC permanent magnet synchronous motor (max power)
  • 1-speed fixed gear
  • Front McPherson strut and coil spring suspension
  • Rear 3-link de Dion suspension
  • Front stabilizer bars
  • Front 14" ventilated disc brakes
  • Rear 8" drum brakes
  • 9" master vac brake boosters
  • ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution)
  • Brake assist
  • ASC (Active Stability Control)

Exterior:

  • Alloy wheels
  • All-round ‘green’ glass
  • Colour-keyed front bumper
  • Projector type halogen headlamps with levelling device
  • Variable intermittent windshield wiper and washers
  • Black foldable and electronically controlled door mirrors
  • Rear combi LED lamps with clear glass
  • Colour-keyed rear bumper with rear fog lamp
  • Roof Spoiler with High-mount stop lamp
  • Tailgate intermittent wiper and washer

Interior:

  • All-round electric windows
  • Central door locking with keyless entry
  • Driver’s and front passenger’s SRS front airbags
  • Side and curtain air bags
  • 3-spoke leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather wrapped shift knob
  • Headlamp levelling device
  • Odo and Twin trip and Rest driving range meter
  • EV system check warning indicator
  • Activation complete buzzer and indicator
  • Batteryremaining indicator
  • Dusk sensor
  • Glove box with card holder
  • Instrument panel secret box (above glove box)
  • Front cup holders (floor console, front of the passenger)
  • Electrical manual air conditioner with deodorant filter
  • Front 2 speakers and Front 2 tweeters
  • Seat belt warning (driver, front passenger)
  • Front passenger air bag cut off switch
  • ASC on/off switch

EV Functions:

  • Brakeforce regeneration
  • Lightweight electronic power steering
  • On-board recharging system with cable (flat-to-full in 6-hours, 240V 13 A input)
  • On-board rapid charging system (flat-to-80 in 30 minutes)
  • Energy-saving drive mode (reduces output to 18kW)

August 2010

Price cut to £28,990

For orders placed for delivery from January 2011. This coincides with the UK Government’s recently confirmed consumer incentive of £5,000 – which means customers will pay £23,990.

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