If you almost bought an electric car this year but held off, you may now be glad that you did – yesterday, Mitsubishi Motors North America announced that the 2014 edition of its i-MiEV will be selling for US$6,130 less than the current model.
The six-grand-plus reduction will bring the total price to $22,995. If you factor in the $7,500 federal tax credit available to EV buyers in the US, that price drops to $15,495.
Full specs on the 2014 i-MiEV aren't yet available, although if it's like the current 2012 model, it will feature a 49kW AC synchronous motor fed by a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery, a top speed of approximately 80 mph (130 km/h) and a range of about 80 to 100 miles on one charge.
Additionally, formerly optional features that are standard on the new model will include heated front seats, a CHAdeMO DC quick charge port, a battery warming system, and an 8-amp/12-amp switchable Level 1 charging cable. That cable will enable a full charge from near-empty in 22 hours at 8 amps, or 14 hours at 12 amps.
There's currently no word on pricing or features for non-North American versions.