The Mitsubishi i-MiEV – America's most affordable electric vehicle – offers distinctive styling, a space-efficient interior and an EPA-rated "fuel" economy of 126 MPGe. Every i-MiEV includes a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, CHAdeMO DC quick charge port, heated front seats and side mirrors, and aluminum wheels.
The 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the most affordably-priced 100 percent electric-powered production vehicle available in America today with a MRSP of $22,995*.
New for 2016: Navigation Package
New for the 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is an optional Navigation Package that includes an MMCS navigation system with 7-in. touchscreen display, real-time traffic, 3D mapping and Mapcare®; Bluetooth® hands-free phone system; USB port and rear view camera.
The 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV comes equipped with the following standard features:
MiEV Drivetrain – Smooth and Efficient
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is rated by the EPA to attain 126 mpg equivalency (MPGe) in city driving, 99 MPGe in highway driving and 112 MPGe combined, and achieves a "real world" EPA driving range of 62 miles and 98 miles in the EPA LA4 city cycle unadjusted.
Weighing 108 lbs., the electric motor powering the i-MiEV utilizes a synchronous permanent magnetic motor design, allowing for reduced weight and compact size. Electric motor reliability is also improved through the use of an advanced neodymium magnet – the strongest type of permanent magnet for use in an electric motor-powered production car.
Producing nearly 49 kW (66 bhp) at 3000 to 6000 rpm and 196 Nm (145 lb.-ft.) of torque from 1 to 300 rpm, the 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV accelerates quickly because maximum torque output is available at any rpm.
The operation of the electric drivetrain is smooth and quiet, and Mitsubishi Motors engineers have designed a special mounting system for the electric motor for an even greater reduction of unwanted noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The motor mounts for the electric motor include a pair of dual insulators that have been developed to minimize vibration where the mount connects to the chassis by cutting off high-frequency noise produced by the electric motor.
Like the electric motor, the single-speed transmission is also compact, measuring less than 7 in. in length and weighing less than 42 lbs. When mated to the electric motor, the combined transmission/motor measures less than 19 in. long and weighs 143 lbs. – a fraction of the weight of the typical internal combustion engine and transmission pairing.
The Motor Control Unit (MCU) is a critical component of a 100 percent electric-powered vehicle as it manages and regulates the electrical power supply to the electric motor to generate the necessary level of torque to power the vehicle by converting the battery pack's DC voltage into three-phase AC. Conversely, the MCU is responsible for managing the electrical energy that is produced by the regenerative braking system and is fed back into the lithium-ion battery pack. The Motor Control Unit measures 11.3 in. wide, 12.2 in. long and 6.7 in. high and weighs 33 lbs. Like the lithium-ion main drive battery pack, the MCU is housed in a strong and waterproof/dustproof structure for maximum protection.
Lithium-ion Main Drive Battery Pack
Consisting of 88 individual battery cells, the lithium-ion main drive battery pack's total energy storage capacity is 16 kWh. The battery pack is sandwiched between the vehicle's interior floor (sub-floor) and the chassis (body frame) inside a specially-designed stainless-steel protective battery case. This design not only helps to protect the battery pack in an accident but also minimizes penetration of objects/debris that can be picked up from the road surface while driving. Additionally, this support structure also contributes to the vehicle's structural rigidity as it is bolted directly onto the chassis. Another benefit of the lithium-ion main drive battery pack's location is that it aids overall vehicle dynamics, handling and stability by lowering the vehicle's center of gravity.
Well-Engineered i-MiEV Platform
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle is a global car sold in a variety of geographic markets around the world, and numerous design enhancements have been made to the vehicle to better suit the American automotive consumer.
The suspension system – a MacPherson strut layout up front and a 3-link De dion type at the rear – provides increased handling stability, and the updated rear suspension has been modified accept wider tread tires.
Another design improvement for North America is an increase in interior room – the interior cabin width is about 4.5 inches greater when compared to that of the European-spec car.
Regenerative Brake Control
The goal of the Regenerative Brake Control system is to provide the maximum amount of regenerative energy back into the lithium-ion main drive battery pack in a controlled and efficient manner.
The system calculates the torque level from the electric motor based on the shift lever position (D, Eco, or B), and the accelerator and brake pedal positions. Data from the anti-lock braking system (ABS), the battery management unit (BMU), the inverter and the Motor Control Unit (MCU) are also factored into the equation to help optimize torque levels.
The driver can see a visual metric while the Regenerative Brake Control system is at work simply by glancing at the "Charge/Eco" needle gauge at the upper left hand section of the speedometer readout. The needle will drift down into "Charge" under braking and regenerate energy back into the battery pack while the needle will move up into "Eco" when discharging power under acceleration.
Innovative i-MiEV Safety Technologies
Electric vehicle-specific safety technologies include the Approaching Vehicle Audio System (AVAS) external audible alert system to warn pedestrians of the approaching EV; automated electrical disengagement of the electric drivetrain and lithium-ion main drive battery pack to protect the vehicle's occupants and paramedics/rescue personnel in the event of a collision; and having all high-voltage wiring and componentry positioned between the passenger compartment subfloor and the vehicle's exterior floors so there are no high-voltage wiring harnesses running through the vehicle's cabin.
A High Voltage Control System instantaneously shuts down the lithium-ion main drive battery pack's high-voltage circuitry if the system detects any battery pack leakage or failure (the most likely cause of such a battery failure would be a severe vehicle collision). For an additional level of protection, a specially-designed supplemental G-force sensor will activate and shut down the lithium-ion main drive battery pack's high voltage circuit should the force of a collision be so severe that it damages the High Voltage Control System.
Additionally, Mitsubishi Motors innovative and patented RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) energy absorbing safety cell technology has been incorporated to help reduce injury to the i-MiEV's occupants.
*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination & handling, tax, title, license, etc. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. Includes CHAdeMO DC quick-change port, battery warming system and heated side-view mirrors. Destination/handling charges for Mitsubishi i-MiEV $850 ($975 Alaska/Hawaii). Actual prices set by retailer. Federal and state tax credits and/or rebates may be available "post- sale" (after purchase of the vehicle has been completed by the dealer). Consult your tax professional for details.
**Charging times can vary due to the main drive lithium-ion battery pack temperature and conditions.
New for 2016:
Key Specifications and Stats:
|Electric motor output/torque:||66 bhp (49kW)/145-lb.-ft.|
|Main drive lithium-ion battery capacity:||16 kWh|
|Fuel economy:||126 city/99 highway/112 combined MPGe|
|EPA-rated drive range:||62 miles|
*Charging time can vary due to the main drive battery temperature and its conditions.
**Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes destination & handling, tax, title, license, etc. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. Includes CHAdeMO DC quick-change port, battery warming system and heated side-view mirrors. Destination/handling charges for Mitsubishi i-MiEV $850 ($975 Alaska/Hawaii). Actual prices set by retailer. Federal and state tax credits and/or rebates may be available “post- sale” (after purchase of the vehicle has been completed by the dealer). Consult your tax professional for details.
|100% Electric, No Gas required, Zero Tailpipe Emission Vehicle||STD|
|Single speed, fixed reduction gear transmission||STD|
|Electric Power Steering||STD|
|120V portable 8 /12 amp switchable charging cable||STD|
|On-board battery charging system with Level 1 120V and Level 2 240V charge port||STD|
|Level 3 DC quick charge port||STD|
|iMiEV remote system (pre-activated air conditioning & timer charging)||STD|
|iMIEV Shift Selector (Drive, Eco, Brake) Modes||STD|
|Regenerative braking system||STD|
|Battery warming system||STD|
|Charge Port Lamp||STD|
|Center Instrument Display||STD|
|Auto on/off headlight control||STD|
|Halogen projection headlights||STD|
|Halogen fog lights with DRL function||STD|
|Body-color outer door handles||STD|
|Body-color power sideview mirrors||STD|
|Side fender running lights||STD|
|Front and rear intermittent wipers||STD|
|Electric rear window defroster with timer||STD|
|Rear LED combination tail lights||STD|
|Roof-mounted radio antenna||STD|
|Heated outer mirrors||STD|
|Black door sashes||STD|
|15" Aluminum alloy wheels||STD|
|4-passenger seating capacity||STD|
|6-way manual adjustable driver's seat||STD|
|4-way manual adjustable front-passenger's seat||STD|
|Heated front seats||STD|
|50/50 split fold-down and recline rear seats||STD|
|Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob||STD|
|Matte black audio and shift panels||STD|
|Silver interior accents||STD|
|Front and rear seat adjustable headrests||STD|
|Carpeted floor mats||STD|
|Electric Air Conditioning with pollen filter||STD|
|Electric cabin heater||STD|
|100-watt, AM/FM/CD /MP3-compatible audio system with 6 speakers||STD|
|Driver and front passenger visor vanity mirrors||STD|
|Power windows with driver one-touch auto-down feature||STD|
|Height-adjustable front shoulder-belt anchors||STD|
|Remote keyless entry with panic feature||STD|
|12-volt power outlet||STD|
|Front map lights||STD|
|Rear dome light||STD|
|Retractable assist grips (x4)||STD|
|Front Cup Holders||STD|
|Front-door storage pockets||STD|
|Safety & Security|
|Advanced dual-stage front air bags||STD|
|Front seat-mounted side airbags||STD|
|Side curtain airbags||STD|
|Active Stability Control with Traction Control Logic||STD|
|3-point seat belts for all seating positions||STD|
|Front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters||STD|
|LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for children)||STD|
|RISE Chassis construction with front and rear crumple zones||STD|
|Tire Pressure Monitoring System||STD|
|High voltage cut-off system||STD|
|Acoustic Vehicle Alert System||STD|
|Vehicle Immobilizer System||STD|
|Vehicle Security System||STD|
|Low battery warning indicator||STD|
|MMCS Navigation system with 7" high definition touch panel, voice command, 3D mapping, point-of-interest information, real-time traffic, and Mapcare® includes 2 annual map updates (replaces std. audio system head unit)||OPT|
|FUSE Hands-free Link System® with Bluetooth® technology, USB port, and steering wheel controls (audio and Bluetooth®)|
|Rearview camera system|
|LED Illumination Package||ACC|
|Floor Illumination (Blue)|
|Cargo Mat, Reversible|
|Accessory Options (PIO)|
|Rear park assist sensors||ACC|
|Side window wind deflectors||ACC|
|USB Adaptor Kit for i-Pod||ACC|
|Foldable cargo tray||ACC|
|Body side molding||ACC|
Updated on 1/12/2015
Information subject to change without notice
|Type||AC synchronous permanent magnetic motor|
|Horsepower BHP @ RPM (kW)||66 hp (49Kw) @ 3000~6000|
|Torque lb-ft. @ RPM (Nm)||145 lb-ft (196 Nm) @ 0~300|
|Emissions||Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV)|
|Engine Oil Type||-|
|Recommended Fuel Type||AC electricity|
|Radiator Core size||370mm x99mm x16mm|
|DC Converter Output||80A|
|Main Drive Battery|
|Main Drive Battery chemistry||Lithium-ion|
|Cooling system||Forced air ventilation|
|Charging time: 120V / 12A-8A (switchable charger)||14 hours (12A) - 22 hours (8A)|
|Charging time: 240V / 15A (requires EVSE)||6 hours|
|DC quick-charge port (CHAdeMO protocol)||Standard|
|Battery heater for cold weather charging||Standard|
|Single speed, Fixed reduction gear||STD|
|Final Gear Ratio||7.065:1|
|Front||MacPherson strut with 21mm stabilizer bar|
|Rear||3-link de Dion type|
|Type||Rack-and pinion EPS|
|Turns, lock to lock||3.49|
|Turning circle (curb to curb)||30.8 ft.|
|Brakes/ Tires/ Wheels|
|Front||Ventilated disc, 10.1 in|
|Rear||Drum, 8.0 in|
|ABS||4 sensor, 4 channel with EBD|
|Swept Area - front (sq in)||159|
|Swept Area - rear (sq in)||59|
|Total Swept Area (sq in)||218|
|Wheels||15 in. Aluminum-Alloy|
|Tires (Front)||145/65 R15|
|Tires (Rear)||175/60 R15|
|Tire Brand||Dunlop Enasave 01A/S (all-season)|
|Spare Tire||None (Tire Repair Kit)|
|Overall length||144.7 in|
|Overall width||62.4 in|
|Overall height||63.6 in|
|Track, front||55.9 in|
|Track, rear||54.3 in|
|Ground clearance||6.1 in|
|Passenger volume (cu ft)||84.7 cu. ft|
|Cargo volume (cu ft)||13.2 cu. ft|
|Cargo volume (cu ft) with rear seats down||50.4 cu. ft.|
|Interior volume (cu ft)||97.9 cu. ft.|
|Curb Weight||2,579 lbs|
|Weight distribution||45 / 55 %|
|Range Combined (EPA 5-cycle - official)||62 Miles|
|Range City (EPA LA4 cycle)||98 Miles|
|Basic||3-year / 36,000 miles|
|Limited Powertrain||5-year / 60,000 miles|
|Battery||8-year / 100,000 miles|
|Anti-corrosion||7-year / 100,000 miles|
Updated on 1/12/2015
Information subject to change without notice
|i-MiEV ES||49kW AC Synchronous Motor / AT||$22,995.00||330V, 16 kWh Lithium-Ion Battery|
Navigation System with High Definition 7" Touch Screen, Real Time Traffic, 3D Mapping, and Mapcare® includes 2 Annual Map Updates, FUSE Handsfree Link System® with USB Port, Steering Wheel Audio and Handsfree Switches
* Please refer to Dealer Coding Guide.
** Includes Dealer Holdback Allowance & Flooring Assistance.
*** Suggested Retail . Dealer is free to establish his/her own mark-ups or margins.
Prices are subject to change without notice.
Vehicle MSRP does not include Destination/Handling Charge. Taxes, Advertising, Promotional Fees, if any, are additional.
Features, options and other equipment are based on the latest information available at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.
" OPT " = Item is available as a factory installed option