The small, 2,161 lb. sporty car features a more powerful all-electric drive train than that of the production-based vehicle giving it a max output of 80 horsepower and a torque of 170 lb-ft. Its very low center of gravity and 50-50 weight distribution gives drivers full control around curves. The mid-motor layout and transmission are located just forward of the rear axle and beneath the rear seat, with the battery also configured beneath the cabin’s sub-floor.
Although not yet officially rated by the EPA, it is expected to get over 120 MPGe under ideal driving conditions. The second generation 330V high-tech lithium-ion battery charges fully in about 7 hours but those who need to do a quick charge can get the battery up to 80% capacity in about 35 minutes. The i-MiEV can go about 62 miles on a full-charge and consumers can expect similar or better results with the Sport Air. In terms of the savings this offers compared to a hybrid, at the current national average of 12 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), it costs approximately $3.60 for every 100 miles traveled to “fill up” the Mitsubishi i. For a typical hybrid getting about 50 MPG, the equivalent distance would cost about $8, assuming gas is around $4 per gallon. On a yearly basis (if you drive about 15,000 miles) you’ll end up spending approximately $550 on electricity with even lower costs if “off peak” electricity prices are available in your area.