Advertisement

2010 Los Angeles Auto Show Preview: U.S.-spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Follow Viknesh

Mitsubishi was one of the first major automakers to announce plans for a mass produced electric vehicle and even had a working prototype out testing back in 2008 in the form of the first generation i-MiEV. Since then the i-MiEV has gone through a series of redesigns until finally being launched in production trim earlier this year in Japan and Europe.

Now, finally, the i-MiEV is about to make its official debut in the U.S. at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. The car being shown will be a U.S.-spec i-MiEV, which means it will sport a wider body that was designed to meet U.S. crash standards as well as the country's appetite for bigger vehicles.

In addition, the U.S.-spec i-MiEV's front and rear bumpers are all-new. Airbags that detect passengers' seating position and control deployment force, tire pressure monitoring systems and stability control are all standard. Inside, there is space for four adults.

The i-MiEV is expected to arrive with a 63 horsepower electric motor running on lithium-ion batteries. This should be enough to provide the car with a driving range of roughly 100 miles and should take about seven hours to charge from a regular household power outlet. In an attempt to curtail long charge times, a 'quick-charge' pack is also being developed by power companies, which will see the i-MiEV's battery being charged to 80 percent of its capacity in just 35 minutes.

Mitsubishi has confirmed that the i-MiEV will go on sale in the U.S. in the fall of 2011 with a pricetag below $30,000 without including the $7,500 federal tax credit for electric vehicles.

[Mitsubishi]
Advertisement
 
Follow Us

 

Have an opinion?

  • Posting indicates you have read this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use
  • Notify me when there are more comments
Comment (1)
  1. I'm curious to see how well this car will do for range. I trust it's build quality-Mitsubishi is very adept at building cars-I own a 2008 Mitsubishi LAancer GTS and am really impressed with it's punge, reliable engine and beautiful bodystyle.
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

 

Have an opinion? Join the conversation!

Advertisement
Advertisement

Take Us With You!

 

Get FREE Dealer Quotes

From dealers near you
Go!
Advertisement

Research New Cars

Go!


 
© 2014 MotorAuthority. All Rights Reserved. MotorAuthority is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.