U.S. Spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV Has Been Unveiled

November 10th, 2010 - 9:17 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
imiev-3_610x350Nov 10, (THAINDIAN NEWS) It is true that Nissan has outpaced other car manufacturers in the race for electric cars but Mitsubishi was among the first few companies to declare plans for its electric concept car. It even came up with a prototype of first generation i-MiEV in 2008. The model has undergone a number of changes since then and recently the much awaited car was unveiled by the company. It has been reported that the i-MiEv is finally going to make its US debut in the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. The Us version has a bigger body to adhere to the safety protocols. Apart from that the U.S.-spec i-MiEV from Mitsubishi has revamped and attractive rear and front bumpers.

The US version of i-MiEV is likely to arrive with a 63 HP engine that draws the power from in built lithium ion batteries. The car can cover a distance of 100 miles on a single recharge. It takes almost seven hours for a full recharge from a household power outlet. There is a fast charge pack available that charges the battery to 80 percent of its strength in a little more than 30 minutes. The model will cost around $30000 excluding the federal tax credit worth $7500. It is now being sold in japan and the US buyers can get it next year.

The US version of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is 4 inch wider and a foot taller than the Japanese model. It has the latest safety features but gets beaten by both Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf since it excludes a navigation system. At last the images of the car do not show it.

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