U.S. Mitsubishi i-MiEV to be Unveiled at LA Auto Show
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV to be unveiled for the U.S. market is speculated to have a wider body and better safety features
Attendees at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month will be able to see the US version of the 2011 i-MiEV electric car from Mitsubishi, up close and personal. The company announced the auto show exhibition on Twitter, and analysts are speculating about the car details that the company will need to alter for the US market.
The current i-MiEV being driven in Japan looks a bit like a Volkswagen on steroids. Mitsubishi is planning to introduce the electric car to the US market in 2011, with some yet-to-be-revealed alterations to make it more attractive to the North American consumer.
The current on-the-road Mitsubishi i-MiEV being driven in Japan is a zero emissions, 100% electric car model that seats four and travels 100 miles without recharging. Sketches released on Autoblog earlier this week revealed that a wider body version of the electric car may be in the works for North American consumers, one that will probably seat 5. This new version looks much more like a crossover with sleek rounded lines.
According to Mitsubishi, the CO2 emissions resulting from the manufacturing and battery charging of the i-MiEV, are 30% lower than the CO2 emitted by comparably sized gasoline powered cars. The cost to drive the electric car is about one-third of a similar gasoline-powered automobile, even less if it is recharged during off-peak times. The car features a 16-KW battery pack that offers more power than the Nissan Leaf. A wider body version of the electric car would allow for stronger cross beams and better protection from side impact to meet US safety standards.
Federal tax credits of $7,500 help to sweeten the cost of electric cars, not to mention the sweeter air we’ll all breathe. The North American i-MiEV will compete with the Nissan Leaf and is expected to cost less than $30,000, beating out the Leaf’s $32,780 base MSRP.