The i-MiEV is the smallest electric car coming to market. Think of those cute Smart cars—but seating four instead of two. Although its size will be an issue for some drivers, it is a fully capable subcompact that can carry four adults—even if the ride is less than spacious.
The i-MiEV has been offered in Japan since 2009, and Mitsubishi has scheduled introducing the car in the United States for 2011. Before coming to America, the company will probably widen the track by 3 or 4 inches for stability at higher speeds. The maximum speed is around 80 miles per hour, and a driving range of about 75 miles.
Price is still up in the air—although the LEAF’s price tag is putting pressure on Mitsubishi. In June, it was reported that the company could bring the price down to about $30,000, not including incentives.
Web site: www.mitsubishi-motors.com/special/ev
No. of passengers: 4
Battery size: 16 kWh
Range: 75 miles
Max. speed: 80 mph
MSRP: Approximately $30,000