Mitsubishi i-Miev Advantages

The Mitsubishi website pushes the advantages of the i-Miev in an effort to get people to register for the North American Mitsubishi i. Most of these advantages are comparing the Mitsubishi i to a gasoline powered car – they didn’t do much to try and stand out amidst the other electric vehicle options like the Nissan Leaf and the soon to launch Ford Focus Electric!

Federal Tax Credit

As we are all aware, the US government will give a $7,500 tax credit to people who purchase the Mitsubishi i. Mitsubishi also says that if you purchase an EVSE 240V home charger you’ll qualify for another $1,000 tax credit.

Keep in mind cities and states sometimes individually offer incentives to electric vehicle drivers – before and after the purchase in the form of tax incentives, special parking spots, HOV lane access without passengers and more.

Gasoline Costs

Gasoline costs are on the rise, and electricity usually costs around 12 cents per kilowatt-hour. Compared to a hybrid vehicle rated at 50mpg, the Mitsubishi i is $4 cheaper to drive 85 miles.

The i-Miev is cheaper to drive than a hybrid

Less Maintenance

There are many components on gasoline cars that are unnecessary on electric vehicles. Since you don’t have them, they can’t break, and you don’t have to pay to fix them. There are of course some components that are unique to electric vehicles, but those aside, here are some common items that don’t exist on the Mitsubishi i-Miev:

  • Engine oil
  • Oil filter
  • Fuel filter
  • Engine air filter
  • Fuel-injection components
  • Spark plugs
  • Muffler
  • Exhaust system
  • Smog-control system
  • Transmission
  • Transmission fluid
  • Fan belt
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