Long-time readers of The Good Human may recall that back in 2008 I wrote about a Japanese video of an electric car called the Mitusbishi iMiEV. At the time I couldn’t wait to see this car on the road. Fast-forward to 2012 and the car’s official name has been shortened to Mitsubishi i and it began shipping earlier this year to select markets in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. (The rest of the year and next will see the car shipping to most other major markets.) Looks like Mitsubishi came thru and made this car a reality that we can actually buy now.
In order to garner interest and excitement about their new EV, Mitsubishi is sponsoring a giveaway of a Whole Foods prize package to one lucky reader of The Good Human! Details follow below, but before we jump ahead of ourselves let’s take a look at the new Mitsubishi i electric car. Can you imagine yourself driving one of these new EVs?
Mitsubishi wanted to make a low-cost, 100% electric-powered vehicle for the masses and with this car they have succeeded. The starting MSRP is $29,125 but after a federal tax credit the price comes down to $21,625 for the standard ES model and $23,625 for the upgraded SE version. This is six thousand dollars less than the other comparable 100% electric mass-market car, the Nissan Leaf, which comes is priced at MSRP $35,200 ($27,700 after tax rebate).
The Mitsubishi i is powered by an 88 cell, 330V lithium-ion battery pack which drives a 49 kW (66 bhp) AC synchronous electric motor turning the rear wheels. It has a top speed of about 80 MPH and an EPA certified “real world” mileage rating of 62 miles per charge. I don’t know about your commute, but I haven’t had a commute even come to close to being 31 miles each way, so chances are many people could drive to and from work in this car without spending a dime on gasoline. It can be recharged using three methods: A 240V/15A Level 2 home EVSE Eaton charging system (estimated charge time from completely empty battery to fully charged – 7 hours, the method recommended by Mitsubishi), a CHAdeMO Level 3 public quick charging station (estimated charge time from very low battery to 80% full – 30 minutes), and through the conventional 120V/8A Level 1 portable charging cable that plugs into a standard wall outlet (estimated charge time from very low battery to full charge – 22.5 hours; included on all models).
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