Want to buy your own Mitsubishi i, their funky cartoonish EV set to hit the market in the U.S by year end? Mitsubishi has released pricing and order details for battery powered urban commuter. The base model, called the Mitsubishi i ES, starts at $27,990 before you factor in the federal tax credit. Even the base model gives you speed-sensitive steering, LED tail lights, a heated driver’s seat, air conditioning with a micron particle filter, remote keyless entry and a 4 speaker, 100w audio system. Base models come with a 120V, 8 amp charging cable, which allows for overnight charging.
Next up is the Mitsubishi i SE, priced at $29,990 before the tax credit. The SE includes all of the ES’ standard features, but also gives you a 360w, 8 speaker audio system, an upgraded interior, 15 inch alloy wheels and fog lamps. Topping the range is the Mitsubishi 1 SE, priced at $32,780, which includes a DC quick-charge port compatible with Level 3 chargers, a nav system, a rearview camera, FUSE hands-free infotainment system and steering wheel mounted audio controls.
If you want to get in line for your own Mitsubishi i, the company has established a four-step process:
1. Visit i.mitsubishicars.com to create an account and build your car.
2. Via PayPal, place a refundable deposit of $299 for the Mitsubishi i and $99 for the required home electrical inspection.
3. Schedule the home electrical inspection to determine what, if any, upgrades are required to your home’s electrical service.
4. Await word from Mitsubishi, confirming your selection, final selling price and delivery date.
Mitsubishi’s i has been on sale in the Japanese market since July 2009, and in the UK since January of 2011. Mitsubishi claims a U.S. market battery range of 75 miles on a full charge, with a recharge time of 14 hours on a 110v supply or 7 hours from a 220v supply.