The serial electric car Mitsubishi i-MiEV was first presented in 2009 in Japan. The model is based on the Mitsubishi i five-door hatchback, and the MiEV prefix is an abbreviation for Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle.
The overall length of this compact is only 3,475 mm, width – 1,475, height – 1,610. The size of the wheelbase is 2,550, the ground clearance (clearance) is 150 millimeters, and the volume of the tiny trunk is 168 liters. At the same time, the mass of the electric vehicle, in comparison with the gasoline version of the model, increased from 900 to 1,100 kg.
Configurations and prices Mitsubishi i-MiEV 2016.
|Base||999 000||electric (64 HP)||variable speed drive||front|
European sales of Mitsubishi i-MiEV began in 2010, and on June 9, 2011, ROLF Import, the official distributor of Mitsubishi Motors in Russia, began accepting applications for the i-MiEV electric car with us. Initially, it was decided to offer the electric car only in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and its price is an impressive 1,799,000 rubles. For the entire 2013, only 113 electric hatchbacks were sold, most of which went to government agencies.
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is powered by a 64-horsepower electric motor (180 Nm), and a full charge of the batteries should be enough for 150 kilometers. Further charging of the lithium-ion batteries located under the floor will require about seven hours from a 220-volt home power grid, or half an hour at a special express charging station, where the battery capacity will fill up to 80 percent during this time.
According to the manufacturer, a rear-wheel drive electric car accelerates from zero to a hundred in 15.9 seconds, and its maximum speed reaches 130 km / h. But active driving, low temperatures and the use of the stove, wipers and music significantly reduce the power reserve, which in Russian realities is hardly enough for the promised one and a half hundred kilometers.
All this, coupled with the incredibly high cost and undeveloped infrastructure, explains the extremely low sales of Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which are purchased mainly by the administrations of large cities for administrative parks. However, the situation changed slightly for the better in 2014, as the government temporarily canceled the 25 percent duty on electric vehicles effective February 1.
All this led to the fact that the cost of Mitsubishi ai-mi decreased from the previous 1,799,000 to 999,000 rubles. This is still a lot, but, for comparison, at home, in Japan, they ask for 2,500,000 yen for this model, which, at the current exchange rate, equals 812,000 rubles. So those who want to buy environmentally friendly transport will not have to overpay as much as before. In the fall of 2016, sales of an electric car in the Russian market were curtailed – in just five years, dealers managed to sell 267 cars.