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Published on June 3rd, 2014 | by Chris Demorro

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Updated 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Heading To Dealers

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June 3rd, 2014 by Chris Demorro
 

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Perennial EV underdog the Mitsubishi i-MiEV has gotten some much-needed updates for the 2014 model year to go along with a much lower price.  Are these changes enough to make this funky EV more appealing to buyers?

One thing that hasn’t changed is the i-MiEV’s 62-mile EPA-rated driving range, the lowest of any EV currently offered in the U.S.. However, it also has the lowest price, with a $6,130 price cut bringing the i-MiEV’s MSRP down to just $23,845 (after the $850 destination fee). Factor in the $7,500 Federal tax credit, and the i-MiEV has a starting MSRP of less than $16,000 before any local tax credits (like California’s $5,000 state tax credit). It may not go far, but it won’t subtract much from your wallet either.

Such a price cut usually means fewer features, not more, but Mitsubishi has actually packed a host of long-requested features into the 2014 model. Heated front seats are now standard equipment, as is the CHAdeMO Level 3 fast charger. Mitsubishi also added a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, battery warning system, heated side mirrors, front fog lamps, and other features to make it feel less…basic then the initial model we reviewed.

With just 62 miles of range, the market for the i-MiEV remains majorly limited, but if you’re in the market for a gasless commuter, this is the cheapest option by a wide margin. Any takers?

Source: Green Car Reports

 

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  • TedKidd

    “One thing that hasn’t changed is the i-MiEV’s 62-mile EPA-rated driving range, the lowest of any EV currently offered in the U.S..”

    The thing I’d be most interested in seeing change.

    Like the fast charge. Not sure heated seats are necessary any more, now that EV’s preheat with apps. Rest of stuff sounds good.

    Like to see floor shifter go away – unnecessarily takes up valuable real estate.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Yes.. disappointed in that. but with the lowest price on the market, it may find a select niche who are only using it as a 2nd vehicle for city trips.

    • AaronD12

      The 2014 i-MiEV comes with CHAdeMO fast charging standard.

      • TedKidd

        Not sure what value that brings with such tiny range. If you are going to work and it’s more than 60 miles, the car doesn’t work. If you are going to work 40 miles away, you don’t need fast charge – slow will have you ready by the end of the day.

        I just drove from NY to WY. I stopped every 150-200 miles with a 550 mile range vehicle. Even if charge points were perfectly located 60 miles apart I’m not interested.

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