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GCR: Appreciating the i-MiEV: oldest modern electric car still in production after 10 years

Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:47 pm

AKA the Rodney Dangerfield of BEVs (I test drove one once, and could have seen using it for commuting if I needed a car for that): https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1115896_appreciating-the-i-miev-oldest-modern-electric-car-still-in-production-after-10-years

While about the same size as the 500, it could actually seat four adults in reasonable comfort for the length of a commute, something that no one who wasn't off their meds would claim for the Fiat. Not that that matters for the typical single-person commute, and the 500e would go farther and was a lot more interesting to drive as well as being a lot better looking. The iMiEV was definitely not a car for anyone who depended on a car's status to boost their ego! :lol:
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Re: GCR: Appreciating the i-MiEV: oldest modern electric car still in production after 10 years

Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:26 am

It’s a car that definitely fit some people’s lifestyle. If you read the comment section you find a lot of fond memories by the users.

It is still sold in other countries, just not in the U. S. ; Rodney Dangerfield of EVs lives on.
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Re: GCR: Appreciating the i-MiEV: oldest modern electric car still in production after 10 years

Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:32 am

So are you saying that they do not sell the imiev in the US anymore?

I test drove one for 24 hours from my local Mitsubishi dealer a few years ago.. It was very nice, in a Spartan, practical kind of way. I would still buy one if I could get one for $15k new...

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Re: GCR: Appreciating the i-MiEV: oldest modern electric car still in production after 10 years

Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:46 am

powersurge wrote:So are you saying that they do not sell the imiev in the US anymore?

I test drove one for 24 hours from my local Mitsubishi dealer a few years ago.. It was very nice, in a Spartan, practical kind of way. I would still buy one if I could get one for $15k new...

You can get *lightly* used i-MiEV for around $8000. They're an amazing bargain. Yeah, the car is quite spartan, but with rear-motor and rear-wheel-drive, it drives nicely. Driving almost exclusively in the city, I was able to get around 80-85 miles of range on a full charge (16kWh battery).
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Re: GCR: Appreciating the i-MiEV: oldest modern electric car still in production after 10 years

Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:47 am

powersurge wrote:So are you saying that they do not sell the imiev in the US anymore?


Mitsubishi USA officially discontinued the iMiEV last August, but I think they had stopped importing them some time before that, possibly as MY 2016's or even 2015's.
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