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2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Complete Specs and Prices

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2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Arrives at Dealers in March

The 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the most affordably-priced 100 percent electric-powered production vehicle available in America today with a MRSP of $22,9951. A Federal tax credit of $7,500 is available, reducing the net MSRP to only $15,4952, and many states offer additional tax credits/rebates toward the purchase of an electric vehicle (EV) which can further reduce the cost.

New for 2016: Navigation Package
New for the 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is an optional Navigation Package that includes an MMCS navigation system with 7-in. touchscreen display, real-time traffic, 3D mapping and Mapcare®; Bluetooth® hands-free phone system; USB port and rear view camera.

The 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV comes equipped with the following standard features:


  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Driver and front passenger heated seats
  • 6 speaker 100-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3/WMA
  • Electric manual air conditioning with micron filter
  • Electric compressor cabin heating
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power windows, side view mirrors and door locks
  • 50/50-split fold-down and recline rear seats
  • Passenger-side vanity mirror with lid
  • Numerous color/trim upgrades


  • Aluminum wheels
  • Heated side view mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear LED combination tail lights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Black-out door sash trim


  • Advanced air bag system with dual-stage supplemental air bags
  • Driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant protection
  • Antilock braking system (ABS) with Electronic  Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and brake override system
  • Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL)
  • High voltage cut-off system
  • Engine immobilizer anti-theft system
  • Approaching Vehicle Audio System (AVAS) for alerting pedestrians


  • 8A/12A switchable Level 1 charging cable
  • CHAdeMO DC quick charge port
  • Battery warming system
  • MiEV remote system (pre-activated air conditioning, heater and timer battery charging)
  • Approaching Vehicle Audio System (AVAS) for alerting pedestrians
  • Charging Times: 3
    • 22 hours for 8amp
    • 14 hours for 12 amp
    • 7 hours with 240V/15A Level 2 charging system
    • Less than 30 minutes to 80% full with CHAdeMO Level 3 DC Quick Charger
  • Driving Modes:
    • "D" – allows maximum performance as it generates 100% torque in direct response to accelerator input
    • "ECO" – helps maximize energy usage ("fuel economy") by slightly reducing overall power output to reduce the rate of battery consumption
    • "B" – increases regenerative brake biasing to augment energy recycling (with 100% of power production available)


  • 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain limited warranty
  • 8 year/100,000 mile main drive lithium-ion battery limited warranty
  • 3 year/36,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty 

MiEV Drivetrain – Smooth and Efficient
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is rated by the EPA to attain 126 mpg equivalency (MPGe) in city driving, 99 MPGe in highway driving and 112 MPGe combined, and achieves a "real world" EPA driving range of 62 miles and 98 miles in the EPA LA4 city cycle unadjusted.

  • The "real world" EPA driving evaluation test incorporates battery-sapping segments of aggressive driving and operating the vehicle in higher ambient temperatures with the car's air conditioning on.
  • In the EPA's LA4 city cycle test, the vehicle is driven approximately 7.5 miles with numerous brief stops along the way; this more accurately mimics in-town driving with its accompanying stops/starts for traffic signals.

Weighing 108 lbs., the electric motor powering the i-MiEV utilizes a synchronous permanent magnetic motor design, allowing for reduced weight and compact size. Electric motor reliability is also improved through the use of an advanced neodymium magnet – the strongest type of permanent magnet for use in an electric motor-powered production car.

Producing nearly 49 kW (66 bhp)  at 3000 to 6000 rpm and 196 Nm (145 lb.-ft.) of torque from 1 to 300 rpm, the 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV accelerates quickly because maximum torque output is available at any rpm.

The operation of the electric drivetrain is smooth and quiet, and Mitsubishi Motors engineers have designed a special mounting system for the electric motor for an even greater reduction of unwanted noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The motor mounts for the electric motor include a pair of dual insulators that have been developed to minimize vibration where the mount connects to the chassis by cutting off high-frequency noise produced by the electric motor.

Like the electric motor, the single-speed transmission is also compact, measuring less than 7 in. in length and weighing less than 42 lbs. When mated to the electric motor, the combined transmission/motor measures less than 19 in. long and weighs 143 lbs. –  a fraction of the weight of the typical internal combustion engine and transmission pairing.

The Motor Control Unit (MCU) is a critical component of a 100 percent electric-powered vehicle as it manages and regulates the electrical power supply to the electric motor to generate the necessary level of torque to power the vehicle by converting the battery pack's DC voltage into three-phase AC. Conversely, the MCU is responsible for managing the electrical energy that is produced by the regenerative braking system and is fed back into the lithium-ion battery pack. The Motor Control Unit measures 11.3 in. wide, 12.2 in. long and 6.7 in. high and weighs 33 lbs. Like the lithium-ion main drive battery pack, the MCU is housed in a strong and waterproof/dustproof structure for maximum protection.

Lithium-ion Main Drive Battery Pack
Consisting of 88 individual battery cells, the lithium-ion main drive battery pack's total energy storage capacity is 16 kWh. The battery pack is sandwiched between the vehicle's interior floor (sub-floor) and the chassis (body frame) inside a specially-designed stainless-steel protective battery case. This design not only helps to protect the battery pack in an accident but also minimizes penetration of objects/debris that can be picked up from the road surface while driving. Additionally, this support structure also contributes to the vehicle's structural rigidity as it is bolted directly onto the chassis. Another benefit of the lithium-ion main drive battery pack's location is that it aids overall vehicle dynamics, handling and stability by lowering the vehicle's center of gravity.

Well-Engineered i-MiEV Platform
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle is a global car sold in a variety of geographic markets around the world, and numerous design enhancements have been made to the vehicle to better suit the American automotive consumer.

The suspension system – a MacPherson strut layout up front and a 3-link De dion type at the rear – provides increased handling stability, and the updated rear suspension has been modified accept wider tread tires.

Another design improvement for North America is an increase in interior room – the interior cabin width is about 4.5 inches greater when compared to that of the European-spec car.

Regenerative Brake Control
 The goal of the Regenerative Brake Control system is to provide the maximum amount of regenerative energy back into the lithium-ion main drive battery pack in a controlled and efficient manner.

The system calculates the torque level from the electric motor based on the shift lever position (D, Eco, or B), and the accelerator and brake pedal positions. Data from the anti-lock braking system (ABS), the battery management unit (BMU), the inverter and the Motor Control Unit (MCU) are also factored into the equation to help optimize torque levels.

The driver can see a visual metric while the Regenerative Brake Control system is at work simply by glancing at the "Charge/Eco" needle gauge at the upper left hand section of the speedometer readout. The needle will drift down into "Charge" under braking and regenerate energy back into the battery pack while the needle will move up into "Eco" when discharging power under acceleration.

Innovative i-MiEV Safety Technologies
Electric vehicle-specific safety technologies include the Approaching Vehicle Audio System (AVAS) external audible alert system to warn pedestrians of the approaching EV; automated electrical disengagement of the electric drivetrain and lithium-ion main drive battery pack to protect the vehicle's occupants and paramedics/rescue personnel in the event of a collision; and having all high-voltage wiring and componentry positioned between the passenger compartment subfloor and the vehicle's exterior floors so there are no high-voltage wiring harnesses running through the vehicle's cabin.

A High Voltage Control System instantaneously shuts down the lithium-ion main drive battery pack's high-voltage circuitry if the system detects any battery pack leakage or failure (the most likely cause of such a battery failure would be a severe vehicle collision). For an additional level of protection, a specially-designed supplemental G-force sensor will activate and shut down the lithium-ion main drive battery pack's high voltage circuit should the force of a collision be so severe that it damages the High Voltage Control System.

Additionally, Mitsubishi Motors innovative and patented RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) energy absorbing safety cell technology has been incorporated to help reduce injury to the i-MiEV's occupants.


1 Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Excludes destination/handling, tax, title, license etc. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your Mitsubishi retailer for details

2 Tax savings subject to rules and availability. Taxpayer must incur federal tax liability to receive full benefit. Consult your tax professional. Actual prices set by retailer.Financial incentives vary from state to state and are subject to change. Check for availability.

3 Charging times can vary due to the main drive lithium-ion battery pack temperature and conditions.

Feature Description ES
Mechanical Features
100% Electric, No Gas required, Zero Tailpipe Emission Vehicle STD
Transmission/Drive System
Single speed, fixed reduction gear transmission STD
Rear-Wheel Drive STD
Electric Power Steering STD
120V portable 8 /12 amp switchable charging cable STD
On-board battery charging system with Level 1 120V and Level 2 240V charge port STD
Level 3 DC quick charge port STD
iMiEV remote system (pre-activated air conditioning & timer charging) STD
iMIEV Shift Selector (Drive, Eco, Brake) Modes STD
Regenerative braking system STD
Battery warming system STD
Charge Port Lamp STD
Center Instrument Display STD
Exterior Features
Auto on/off headlight control STD
Halogen projection headlights STD
Halogen fog lights with DRL function STD
Body-color outer door handles STD
Body-color power sideview mirrors STD
Side fender running lights STD
Front and rear intermittent wipers STD
Electric rear window defroster with timer STD
Rear LED combination tail lights STD
Roof-mounted radio antenna STD
Heated outer mirrors STD
Black door sashes STD
15" Aluminum alloy wheels STD
Interior Features
4-passenger seating capacity STD
6-way manual adjustable driver's seat STD
4-way manual adjustable front-passenger's seat STD
Heated front seats STD
50/50 split fold-down and recline rear seats STD
Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob STD
Matte black audio and shift panels STD
Silver interior accents STD
Front and rear seat adjustable headrests STD
Carpeted floor mats STD
Convenience Features
Electric Air Conditioning with pollen filter STD
Electric cabin heater STD
100-watt, AM/FM/CD /MP3-compatible audio system with 6 speakers STD
Driver and front passenger visor vanity mirrors STD
Power windows with driver one-touch auto-down feature STD
Height-adjustable front shoulder-belt anchors STD
Remote keyless entry with panic feature STD
12-volt power outlet STD
Front map lights STD
Rear dome light STD
Retractable assist grips (x4) STD
Front Cup Holders STD
Front-door storage pockets STD
Safety & Security
Advanced dual-stage front air bags STD
Front seat-mounted side airbags STD
Side curtain airbags STD
Active Stability Control with Traction Control Logic STD
3-point seat belts for all seating positions STD
Front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters STD
LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for children) STD
RISE Chassis construction with front and rear crumple zones STD
Tire Pressure Monitoring System STD
High voltage cut-off system STD
Acoustic Vehicle Alert System STD
Vehicle Immobilizer System STD
Vehicle Security System STD
Low battery warning indicator STD
Option Packages
MMCS Navigation system with 7" high definition touch panel, voice command, 3D mapping, point-of-interest information, real-time traffic, and Mapcare® includes 2 annual map updates (replaces std. audio system head unit) OPT
FUSE Hands-free Link System® with Bluetooth® technology, USB port, and steering wheel controls (audio and Bluetooth®)
Rearview camera system
LED Illumination Package ACC
Floor Illumination (Blue)
Map Light
Room Light
Cargo Package ACC
Cargo Net
Cargo Mat, Reversible
Accessory Options (PIO)
Rear park assist sensors ACC
Side window wind deflectors ACC
USB Adaptor Kit for i-Pod ACC
Wheels locks ACC
Foldable cargo tray ACC
Body side molding ACC


Updated on 1/12/2015
Information subject to change without notice

2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Tech Feature Description

Feature Description ES
Type AC synchronous permanent magnetic motor
Engine Code Y4F1
Cooling System Water-cooled
Horsepower BHP @ RPM (kW) 66 hp (49Kw) @ 3000~6000
Torque lb-ft. @ RPM (Nm) 145 lb-ft (196 Nm) @ 0~300
Max RPM 9900
Emissions Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV)
Engine Oil Type -
Recommended Fuel Type AC electricity
Radiator Core size 370mm x99mm x16mm
Auxiliary Battery
Battery type 34B19L(S)
DC Converter Output 80A
Main Drive Battery
Main Drive Battery chemistry Lithium-ion
Energy (kWh) 16
Voltage (V) 330
Cooling system Forced air ventilation
Charging time: 120V / 12A-8A (switchable charger) 14 hours (12A) - 22 hours (8A)
Charging time: 240V / 15A (requires EVSE) 6 hours
DC quick-charge port (CHAdeMO protocol) Standard
Battery heater for cold weather charging Standard
Single speed, Fixed reduction gear STD
Final Gear Ratio 7.065:1
Front MacPherson strut with 21mm stabilizer bar
Rear 3-link de Dion type
Type Rack-and pinion EPS
Overall Ratio 16.06
Turns, lock to lock 3.49
Turning circle (curb to curb) 30.8 ft.
Brakes/ Tires/ Wheels
Front Ventilated disc, 10.1 in
Rear Drum, 8.0 in
ABS 4 sensor, 4 channel with EBD
Swept Area - front (sq in) 159
Swept Area - rear (sq in) 59
Total Swept Area (sq in) 218
Wheels 15 in. Aluminum-Alloy
Tires (Front) 145/65 R15
Tires (Rear) 175/60 R15
Tire Brand Dunlop Enasave 01A/S (all-season)
Spare Tire None (Tire Repair Kit)
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase 100.4 in
Overall length 144.7 in
Overall width 62.4 in
Overall height 63.6 in
Track, front 55.9 in
Track, rear 54.3 in
Ground clearance 6.1 in
Interior Dimensions
Head Room
Front 35.6 in
Rear 34.3 in
Leg room
Front 33.8 in
Rear 30.0 in
Shoulder room
Front 54.8 in
Rear 54.8 in
Hip room
Front 49.4 in
Rear 47.8 in
SAE volume
Passenger volume (cu ft) 84.7 cu. ft
Cargo volume (cu ft) 13.2 cu. ft
Cargo volume (cu ft) with rear seats down 50.4 cu. ft.
Interior volume (cu ft) 97.9 cu. ft.
Passenger Seating 4
Curb Weight 2,579 lbs
GVWR 3,329 lbs
Weight distribution 45 / 55 %
Fuel Economy
City (MPGe) 126
Highway (MPGe) 99
Combined (MPGe) 112
Range Combined (EPA 5-cycle - official) 62 Miles
Range City (EPA LA4 cycle) 98 Miles
Basic 3-year / 36,000 miles
Limited Powertrain 5-year / 60,000 miles
Battery 8-year / 100,000 miles
Anti-corrosion 7-year / 100,000 miles

Updated on 1/12/2015
Information subject to change without notice

Description (Eng./Tran) Suggested
i-MiEV ES 49kW AC Synchronous Motor / AT $22,995.00 330V, 16 kWh Lithium-Ion Battery

Option Availability
Navigation Package
Navigation System with High Definition 7" Touch Screen, Real Time Traffic, 3D Mapping, and Mapcare® includes 2 Annual Map Updates, FUSE Handsfree Link System® with USB Port, Steering Wheel Audio and Handsfree Switches
$2,000.00 OPT


* Please refer to Dealer Coding Guide.
** Includes Dealer Holdback Allowance & Flooring Assistance.
*** Suggested Retail . Dealer is free to establish his/her own mark-ups or margins.

Prices are subject to change without notice.
Vehicle MSRP does not include Destination/Handling Charge. Taxes, Advertising, Promotional Fees, if any, are additional.
Features, options and other equipment are based on the latest information available at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.

" OPT " = Item is available as a factory installed option