Mitsubishi i Electric Car

The highly anticipated Mitsubishi i was officially released today in Hawaii, where a special event was held and Mitsubishi’s Executive VP handed the keys over to the first owners of the electric car in the state.

Hawaii was selected as the first test market for the i because of the state’s impressive clean energy rebates. In particular, Hawaii’s clean energy rebate program gives those who purchase an electric car with substantial discounts and tax credits, bringing the overall cost of the electric car to about $16,000 (normally $28,000).

The new car owners had this to say about their electric Mitsubishi i:

“We purchased the 2012 Mitsubishi i primarily to save on gas – we currently spend about $70.00 a week on fuel. But it should cost us only around $3.00 for a full charge of electricity – that’s going to be a great savings for us! Long-term, the Mitsubishi i should save us at least $3,000 a year,”

The Mitsubishi i is the EPA’s fuel economy leader, reaching the equivalent of 112 MPG using Mitsubishi’s proprietary MiEV technology.

For more reasons why the Mitsubishi i is sure to be a fierce competitor to the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt, be sure to check out this article: Mitsubishi i Electric Vehicle to be Released in November

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  1. Ian,

    your information on the Mitsubishi Ielectric car is very interesting. The company seems to be making excellent strides with its preliminary features such as on charging fast, faster, and fastest where the car can be plugged into a standard 120 volt home outlet, a 240 volt home charging dock and the charging port on the driver’s side which can take the battery from 0-80% in half hour. I’m not too certain about the claim whether charging the vehicle can be around $3.00 because it would depend on the charging time and amount of electricity used during that time frame (it will also create an interesting scenario in terms of how electricity is being regulated and if it will increase peak hour restrictions—i.e. if people want to charge it over the night—that will increase restricted hours and thereby higher costs compared to off peak).

    I have also been trying to see where the mpge compares with most average cars but it is hard to get an accurate range as gas mileage is dependent on the size of the car’s tank and whether people are doing city or highway driving with the latter consuming less gas, but it seems like a range of around 200-400 whereas the Mitsubishi is around 112 which on the bottom range of a gas powered car is still half the distance and the top speed is just nearing the minimum for highway driving, so the car is still most likely a city use car where it is definitely sufficient.

    A few other things to consider are the electric components of the car and whether there will be shorts due to their usage and under what type of circumstances and whether this will be less prevalent of a problem compared to traditional vehicles. Because of the special circuitry and newer components electric cars will also be harder to service and will require specialized knowledge by the auto mechanics which also means a higher price and possibly higher component prices if the components are specific to the type of car and model which are tangibles that I believe are also needed to be taken into account as to the affordability of these vehicles. Nevertheless, with this being said, it definitely looks like major strides have been made in the last two or so years and the price of around $28,000 for a new vehicle is becoming more and more affordable—before it seemed like $40,000 was the lowest starting point, but as much and as great as the strides are there is still more work to be done in order for the electrics to catch up to the traditional cars and within a little more time it will happen (3-5 years I believe it can be done) providing the advancements continue to go the way that they have been.

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