The Mitsubishi i started
out in Japan as a gas-powered car in 2006, and was outfitted with the MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) system
shortly after its release. Utility companies tested the cars until they were released, for sale, to fleets in 2009 and private
owners in 2010. The i-MiEV (as the electric version is called) is reported to outperform the gas version. In the US, the electric
version is now called the i-MiEV to reduce confusion, although it's sometimes referred to as "i" or "i-car". The i-MiEV was
widened and lengthened for more interior space and increased crumple zones for North America.
i-MiEV is available in the US at a few Mitsubishi dealerships. Currently, there are fewer than 40 i-MiEVs left on dealers'
lots. The remaining 2012 inventory is being sold off to make way for the upcoming 2014 model. A 2013 model was never released.
The 2012 model comes in two trims, ES and SE. The ES is the base model, equipped with steel wheels, AM/FM/CD radio, heat and
AC. Options include the Quick charge port, cold weather package (cold weather package is built into the quick charge package,
and therefore only one or the other can be selected), reverse parking sensors, floor mats, fog lights, and more. The SE has
these options, as well as the premium package, which incorporates the quick charge package with a navigation radio, steering
wheel controls, and bluetooth phone connectivity. More details are available on Mitsubishi's website. Please see the note
to the right for info on the 2014 model.