But £5k government grant still makes it more expensive than an entry-level Jaguar XF
23 March 2010

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car will cost £33,699 from 2011, when it will be eligible for a £5000 government grant for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Currently, it costs £38,699.

However, even with the grant the price it is still higher than those of many premium models, including the mid-spec BMW 5-series, an entry-level Jaguar XF or the top-spec Lexus IS or Lotus Elise.

Read Autocar's Mitsubishi i-MiEV first drive review

Lance Bradley, Mitsubishi Motors UK’s managing director, conceded that the asking price was high, saying, "We are aware that, by their very nature, any new technologies always command a premium, which has been true for anything from plasma televisions to cars.

"Others make price claims and estimations, but we have a real vehicle that is available now and is proven in the real world."

In layman’s terms, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is an all-electric version of the i four-seater, with the combustion engine and fuel tank replaced by a 63bhp electric motor and a large battery pack. Mitsubishi claims a range of 80 miles and top speed of 81mph.

Mitsubishi is keen to highlight the low running costs of the car to potential buyers, including the fact that 12,000 miles' worth of electricity costs just £115, the low servicing costs, the fact it is road tax-free and that it is congestion charge-free and attracts no benefit-in-kind company car tax.

Mitsubishi has also announced a personlisation programme so that buyers of the car can specify any exterior colours they want, and items such as floor mats made from bio-degradable bamboo fibre.

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23 March 2010

[quote Autocar]The Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car will cost £33,699 from 2011, when it will be eligible for a £5000 government grant for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

However, even with the grant the price is still more than cars including a mid-spec BMW 5-series, entry-level Jaguar XF or top-spec Lexus IS or Lotus Elise.

Lance Bradley, Mitsubishi Motors UK’s managing director, conceded that the asking price was high, saying: "We are aware that, by their very nature, any new technologies ...Read the full article[/quote]

34 GRAND?! They've got to be kidding! Think how much petrol/diesel/LPG/biodiesel/bioethanol/methane/CNG that would buy... heck, even buy a Prius for that money. Frankly, this is a pointless car for raging ecomentalists. Like I say, microturbine hybrids are the way forward - imagine a RWD Chevy Volt, only with a tiny turbine instead of an ICE. This cramped, ugly, plug-in (therefore mostly nuclear or fossil-powered) electric thing (I won't dignify it with the title of 'car') is not going to be anywhere in the same league of ecofriendliness as my idea.

23 March 2010

Stupendous!

23 March 2010

I'm guessing that Peugeot will be charging a similar amount for the Ion then....

No one will ever buy any of these!

23 March 2010

Good job we have the falkland islands, we need our oil!

23 March 2010

[quote rosstopher]No one will ever buy any of these![/quote]

some fellow called Stephen Byers has just bought one for his taxi business. Reckons with just six days of work he'll have it paid off.

23 March 2010

[quote nicksheele]some fellow called Stephen Byers has just bought one for his taxi business. Reckons with just six days of work he'll have it paid off.[/quote]

Ahahahahahahaha!!!

Just to clarify, I won't tolerate anyone preaching the tired old maxim of 'all politicians are pigs with their snouts at the trough' - my local (Tory) MP is an extremely selfless and hardworking individual who remained spotless throughout all the recent Parliamentary crises...

23 March 2010

Much too expensive, I think.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

23 March 2010

This thing is smaller, slower and has a smaller range than the Nissan Leaf we know is to be built here soon. So i assume that will be about £50,000 because it will need far more batteries.

The price needs to be half before anyone takes them even half seriously, (and i wouldnt be given one then).

23 March 2010

This car whilst it is bigger and faster than the frankly rubbish G-Wiz is almost 5x as expensive. Is it five times as good...humm maybe not. I can't see anyone buying it 'because they want to'.

23 March 2010

Nissan Leaf is on sale next march, so Mitsubishi will understand what its like to be wrong.

Leaf will be well under £20k.

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