Mitsubishi chose Earth Day to announce that pricing on its new 2012 Mitsubishi i electric vehicle will start at $28,865 for the ES version and $30,865 for the upline SE model. Those figures do not include the $7,500 federal tax credit nor any other state and/or local credits/rebates. The automaker has now begun taking pre-orders for the car via a dedicated website: http://i.mitsubishicars.com/ and plans to starts deliveries to buyers in the state of Hawaii in November. Shortly thereafter, dealers in California, Oregon and Washington will begin receiving the new Mitsubishi i with distribution expanding to the northeastern U.S. by March 2012 and going national by the end of the year.
All versions of the four-passenger mid-engine/rear-drive 2012 Mitsubishi i will be powered by Mistu's MiEV electric package that matches a 66 horsepower (49kW) electric motor that makes 145 lb-ft of torque with a 16kW lithium-ion battery pack. Top speed and range targets are 80 mph and 85 miles, respectively, with a recharging time of 22.5 hours on a 120V outlet or six hours using a dedicated 240V dock that charger. Standard features in the ES include speed-sensitive electric power steering, electric air conditioning with micron filter, remote keyless entry, driver seat heater, four-speaker, 100-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system, an on-board recharging system with 120V/eight-amp charging cable. The SE adds a 360-watt/eight-speaker premium sound system, upgraded interior trim, 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps and more. While both trims can be fitted with an available Cold Zone package that includes a Li-Ion Battery Warming System and heated outside mirrors, the SE will offer a Premium Package that nets an HDD navigation system with rearview camera, FUSE Hands-free Link with USB port, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and a Level 3 DC quick charging port that can replenish 80 percent of the battery's charge in 30 minutes.
Pre-ordering a 2012 Mitsubishi i will entail placing a $299 refundable deposit via PayPal as well as a $99.99 fee for the required home electric inspection, although the latter cost will be waived for the first 2,000 who pre-order and subsequently purchase a vehicle.