The Mitsubishi i-MiEV hatchback never saw smashing success in the North American market, but it filled a niche with few competitors. Now, citing slow sales, the Japanese automaker has made the decision to pull the electric vehicle from the North American market. The 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV will be the last, and all available models are on the market.
As the range of electric vehicles continues to grow, Mitsubishi saw fit to retire the i-MiEV. The electric vehicle was one of the first mass-market electric vehicles to hit the industry. Its electric motor boasted 66 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque and offered an EPA-estimated 62 miles on a single charge.*
Many electric cars aren’t available in some states due to infrastructure limitations. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV filled the niche market that competitors simply couldn’t reach. Its affordable pricing and city-friendly range made it an enticing model.
Unfortunately, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV hatchback hasn’t aged well. The model peaked with 337 units sold in February 2013. Just six units have been sold in 2017, likely because there simply aren’t any left in stock.
While it wasn’t a sales success, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV held its own as one of the first electric vehicles.
We here at Schaumburg Mitsubishi bid a solemn farewell to the Mitsubishi i-MiEV hatchback.
*EPA mileage estimate. Actual mileage may vary.