The all-new 2018 Mitsubishi i-MIEV is the least expensive electric car in the U.S. It is a perfect example of value and price. Thanks to its small dimensions, it is easy to park in tight spaces. The steering feels lively and the ride is smooth. If you want to win car races, this EV is not for you, as the speed is not the advantage exactly.
Inside, there is room for four, the cabin feels simple but it has some upscale features. With the projected range of 62-miles, Mitsubishi i-MIEV is the best for short and city rides.
2018 Mitsubishi i-MIEV Unique Design
The 2018 Mitsubishi i-MIEV is having a very unique and interesting design. It is cute in his own way, with small dimensions and elongated headlights. The new model reminds of a golf cart more than a real car. It comes with four doors and thanks to its high roof it is easy to get both in and out. The tires are very skinny with a short wheelbase and this EV is just 144.7 inches long. That is shorter than Mini Cooper Hardtop.
The interior of the upcoming 2018 Mitsubishi i-MIEV is practical but it looks cheap. The dashboard is drab and the is a lot of plastic materials inside the cabin. Even some competitors are using a fancy instrument cluster, this small EV stick to the basics. However, a 7-inch navigation system looks good and modern, so that will slightly boost the interior. There is a room for four persons, and while it looks small, the cabin is roomy. Mostly because of the ample headroom.
2018 Mitsubishi i-MIEV Cargo Space and Tech
The cargo space behind the rear seats is small and tight. The front seats are heated and that is using much less energy than the heater on the climate control. A 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system is standard, just like keyless entry and 6-way manual-adjust driver’s seat. Speaking of standard equipment, a Level 3 C quick-charge port is available.
It can fill the battery up to 80 percent in around 30 minutes. From optional equipment, real-time traffic and a new navigation package are available. The steering wheel is coming with controls for audio. Moreover, voice commanding, Bluetooth and USB kit for iPods are also optional. Furthermore, the rearview camera, map light, and rear parking sensors are completing the list of add-ons.
2018 Mitsubishi i-MIEV Engine Specs, Battery Pack and Charging Time
There is nothing to show under the hood of i-MIEV as the motor is placed behind the rear seat. This motor is a 16kWh lithium-ion battery pack with 66hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. When fully charged, short trips are not an issue as this EV can reach 80mph. A regular 120-volt home outlet can charge i-MIEV in 22 hours.
With a 240-volt outlet, charging time is around six hours. A public “Level 3” charging station will charge the battery up to 80 percent in half an hour. The fuel economy is 126 mpge in the city and 99 mpge on the highway. Estimated range per full charge is 62 miles respectively.
2018 Mitsubishi i-MIEV Release Date and Price
This small electric vehicle will hit the market somewhere around the September next year. The 2018 i-MIEV will cost just under $24,000. This price includes an $850 destination charge, and the highly recommendable Navigation Package will raise the price for another $2,000. This is also the least expensive EV you can get on the market at the moment.