Mitsubishi i Electric Car To Start at $20,490

2012 Mitsubishi i

Mitsubishi announced today that its diminutive i electric car, formerly known as the i-MiEV, will retail for $27,990, or $20,490 after a $7,500 federal tax credit. That makes it the most-affordable electric car in the U.S. market.

At $22,490, the step-up SE trim level will add alloy wheels, fog lights, a premium stereo, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and upgraded seat upholstery and interior trim. A DC quick-charge port will come only with a $2,790 premium package option on the SE trim level along with a navigation system, backup camera and Fuse Hands-free Link, a voice-activated media system. Leasing will also be available, but the pricing hasn't been finalized.

The reservation process will begin tomorrow, April 22, at, where prospective buyers can place a $299 refundable deposit through PayPal. The first 2,000 to sign up will receive a free home inspection; the rest must pay an additional $99 at the time of sign-up. As we reported earlier, Mitsubishi has partnered with Best Buy to manage inspections and installations by third-party electrical contractors.

The i will initially be sold in West Coast states, starting this fall, and Mitsubishi says additional markets will be added gradually, with a goal of hitting all 50 states by November 2012.



i really wish the press would stop treating the tax credit as a rebate. it's not. just because there's a $7500 tax credit does not mean you'll get $7500 back when you file your taxes next year. it just means it'll lower your tax liability by $'s not the same thing.


I'm sorry,but Mitsubishi could have done a better job with this thing.Make it looks like a regular car....and it will sell.Make it look like a 4 door GEM car,and it WONT.

Brad Lewis

It is very easy to fix the Federal budget. Here is the new “Green Budget”:
Every person and company pays 15% income tax. There are no longer any deductions or itemizations. Money located anywhere in the world is taxed. Individuals can take 5% off of that if they vote in the Federal Election.
No Federal subsidies are paid to any company that is profitable.
No Federal agency can hire more than 800 people in Washington DC.
The Pentagon gets $300B per year.
Any other company that gets Federal military or social aid gets a bill for it and if they can’t pay it will turn into an interest bearing loan.
Every resident of the US gets $300/mo. for medical help. It is no longer legal for a medical provider to operate if they do not provide at least three $300/mo. insurance programs. It is illegal for a medical provider to use exclusions. If you make over $300,000.00 per year you do not get this.
Every agency must post its use-of-funds budget online for comments 6 months before they get to use their money. The Federal OMB office has police authority to prosecute abuse.
Fund ONLY electric cars.
Believe it or not, that would pretty much fix our budget problems!

What a cute car. I love the size and how it looks. Its best for a woman ride and also to those single men in the world who would love to date woman. Isn't it nice to be with your girl a little closer?


Wait, Mitsubishi still makes cars???


Too bad it looks like a hard top golf cart.

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