Update: The giveaway entry period will close at 11:59pm EST on the 28th of May, 2012. The winner will be announced on the 29th of May.
Mitsubishi’s got a classy and super affordable new electric vehicle (EV) that I’m sure you’re all aware of. But to try to bring a little more attention to the beauty, and also to give one of you EV lovers a little reward for your green vehicle love, the company is offering our readers an exclusive prize package consisting of:
Summarizing some of those stories linked above, the Mitsubishi i site states: “Shortly after being named the EPA’s fuel economy leader, the 100% electric Mitsubishi i was recognized as ‘The Greenest Vehicle of 2012’ by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Thanks to an astonishing 112 combined MPGe, this EV is the most efficient car in production—beating the Nissan Leaf and, well, every hybrid or gas car in America.”
Additionally, “the Mitsubishi i is the most affordable electric vehicle in the entire United States. And considering there’s a host of federal and state tax incentives for EV drivers, it’s never been easier on the budget to own an electric car (and especially this one) than it is right now.”
The MSRP for the vehicle is $29,125, the net MSRP* after the federal tax credit is $21,625 for the standard ES model, and the net MSRP* after the federal tax credit $23,625 for the SE version.
Some more info:
Powered by Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle (MiEV) technology, the rear-wheel drive vehicle’s drive system includes a 49 kW (66 bhp) AC synchronous electric motor; an 88 cell, 330V lithium-ion battery pack for a peak storage of 16 kWh; and a single fixed-reduction gear transmission. This electric motor is capable of producing its peak torque of 145 lb.-ft. almost instantaneously when accelerating from a standstill; the vehicle has a top speed of approximately 80 mph.
The driving range of the Mitsubishi i is a very robust EPA certified “real world” rating of 62 miles/charge. The Mitsubishi i can be recharged using three advantageous methods: A 240V/15A Level 2 home EVSE Eaton charging system (estimated charge time from completely empty battery to fully charged – 7 hours; charging method recommended by Mitsubishi), a CHAdeMO Level 3 public quick charging station (estimated charge time from very low battery to 80% full – 30 minutes; requires optional DC charging port available as an option), and through the conventional 120V/8A Level 1 portable charging cable that plugs into a standard wall outlet (estimated charge time from very low battery to full charge – 22.5 hours; included on all Mitsubishi i models).
The i is available in some markets now and will be available nationwide in June 2012.
Mitsubishi i Giveaway
So, now, to enter the giveaway, you just have to do one thing: comment on this post telling us what you think most rocks about the Mitsubishi i, or even why you’re pre-ordering a car!
*Includes federal tax credit of up to $7500. Retail MSRP of ES starts $29,125 and SE starts at $31,125
Full disclosure: CleanTechnica gets nothing from this post other than the opportunity to have one of our readers win the prize package above.