The 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV – Review
The 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV stands amongst the several all-electric cars introduced in the market. Despite its very odd look, it still gets its place in the world of autos. This car would add no harmful pollutants to the atmosphere same as most electric cars. It is based on a gasoline-powered car attaining few modifications allowing Mitsubishi to gather a set of batteries and an electric motor.
The 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is available in the base SE and SE Premium trim levels.
Exterior and Interior
Despite its small size compared to Nissan Leaf, it is still known as a good city runabout due to loads of headroom and the upright seating position. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV’s American version is wider and longer than its Japanese version to offer stricter crash-safety regulations. The extra width means three people can occupy the back seat, while the added eight inches of length improves leg room. The interior is fairly basic as, except for the center console, there is nothing much to say about the dashboard. The center console is pretty slick containing air-con switches and the blower controls. The steering wheel, with a large tri-diamond logo in the center and silver accents, is a three-spoke design. Some basic information is provided by the instrument cluster: current gear, battery charge level, speed and an analog dial. This 2014 model’s interior features are: Driver and front passenger heated seats, Rear door speakers, Battery warming system, Leather-covered steering wheel and shift knob, Passenger-side vanity mirror with lid and numerous decorative color/trim upgrades.
The i-MiEV’s exterior is designed aiming at increasing the usable space. The wide wheelbase and short overhangs give it a fairly large greenhouse, and a great view out is offered by the wide expanse of the raked windshield. Its design makes it easy for the car to maneuver in city traffic and also can easily be parked in tiny spaces. The Clucky design of this car has a purpose: offer a fairly large interior space with some luggage and accommodating four fully-grown adults. This 2014 model’s exterior features are: CHAdeMO DC quick charge port, Charge port lamp, Heated side view mirrors, Front fog lights, Aluminum wheels, New daytime running lights (DRL), Black-out door sash trim and a 8A/12A switchable Level 1 charging cable which can fill the battery from near empty to fully charged in 22 hours for 8 amps, while 14 hours for 12 amps.
It gets a long list of safety features with a variety of air bags for the passengers, Traction Control Logic with Active Stability Control, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, 4-wheel ABS along Electronic Brake force Distribution and a high voltage cut-off system. All these are standard on every Mitsubishi i models.
Power and Performance
A small electric motor which is mounted under the rear seat is used by the i-MiEV. Power to the motor is provided with a pack of considerably heavy, lithium-ion batteries fitted in a low-slung position helping to lower the center gravity to ensure better handling. The motor produces 66 horsepower and 145 pound-feet torque, which is acceptable for this type of car but not too fantastic. A single-speed transmission delivers power to the rear wheels. This car is meant to be a sprinter, hence reaches 0-60 mph in 13 seconds.
Battery and range
This car excels in emissions as compared to other gasoline or diesel powered machines. It has no emissions and is rated at 99 MPGe highway and126 MPGe city. Mitsubishi states between charges, a total EPA range of 62 miles. When connected to a 120-volt domestic supply, its battery pack would take 22 hours for a full recharge. The charging time would be reduced to seven hours if it is connected to a 240-volt supply, easily supported by this car. However, 80 percent of the battery capacity can be charged in 30 minutes when connected to a public quick-charge port.
Pricing and Availability
Base price is MSRP $22,995 and is available for sale.
Nissan Leaf is the only rival.
The i-MiEV, despite its awkward proportions, is one of the leaders in the constantly changing world of electric cars. Surly the design is not attractive and is a little goofy, but it still remains among the EV pioneers. The 2014 model year provides it a bit more boost due to the extra features and reduced prices.