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Published on June 3rd, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Updated 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Heading To Dealers

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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.

        • bioburner

          I agree that this car is not intended for 500 mile trips but the Fast Charge option increases the usable range if you are willing to wait 15~20 minutes to fast charge. That’s the whole idea behind fast charging.

          • TedKidd

            Dc charging is NOT cheap. So locations are limited. 15-30k is what I’ve seen, so its not likely to be common for a LONG time, if ever.

            Fast charging works great for Tesla. Big range means less are required, and the stop to charge frequency/wait time, and range anxiety aren’t issues.

            But the shorter the range, the less useful fast charging becomes. 60 mile range requires fast charging be almost perfectly situated for your out of range trip.

            When would that ever come into play in real life? Seems a silly added expense, but I guess it depends how much the add is.

          • TedKidd

            Dc charging is NOT cheap. So locations are limited. 15-30k is what I’ve seen, so its not likely to be common for a LONG time, if ever.

            Fast charging works great for Tesla. Big range means less are required, and the stop to charge frequency/wait time, and range anxiety aren’t issues.

            But the shorter the range, the less useful fast charging becomes. 60 mile range requires fast charging be almost perfectly situated for your out of range trip.

            When would that ever come into play in real life? Seems a silly added expense, but I guess it depends how much the add is.

          • bioburner

            It doesn’t matter if you like DC fast charging or not. A lot of people use it to extend the range of their EVs. Paying a couple of dollars to fast charge a EV once in a while is way way cheaper than renting a gas car. People that don’t have access to off street parking use DC fast charging in place of L2. Several charge providers have budget plans that allow unlimited use of DC fast chargers for a flat monthly fee. Therefor I suggest that Fast Charging does NOT always cost as much as you suggest. Buying shorter range EV and fast charging is way cheaper than paying say $1000 for a CHAdeMO adaptor for a Tesla or paying $2000 upfront to use the supercharger network which is way more expensive than paying as you go. Oh yea smaller batteries like the Meiv has DC fast charge faster than the bigger batteries like you find in the Leaf.
            The whole idea/benefit of fast charging seems to have gone over your head. Do you own an EV?

          • TedKidd

            Who said I didn’t like it? I said the infrastructure to support short range cars does not and likely will not exist in any meaningful way for these early, very short range cars to take trips.

            blah blah blah blah blah. Your keyboard have no enter key?

            I also said I don’t think the idea of stopping every 50 miles to spend 20 minutes charging is something anybody finds appealing. And that presumes you don’t have to drive 20 miles out of your way to get to the charger.

            That there are some fast chargers available for a fee is irrelevant. To be meaningful it needs to be built out enough to make the jump from early adopters to early majority, who will simply say no-way to this car being a consideration for a very typical 170 mile weekend getaway.

            Comparing this in any way to Tesla is foolish fallacy.

          • TedKidd

            Only if there is a fast charger conveniently located midway between you and your 100 mile destination. Do the math, that requires what, 100,000 chargers, many located in somewhat remote, low traffic locations?

            Give this some thought. Look this Tesla Supercharger map, http://bit.ly/superchargersNmore Play with the radius – take it to 50 miles and look at the gaps.

            Who will pay to install and operate these chargers?

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