Mitsubishi Motors North America announced on Friday it has chosen Hawaii for a North American launch of its Mitsubishi i electric car in November.
The Mitsubishi i will carry a retail price of about $27,990 for the base ES model. Hawaii residents can use the state’s clean energy rebate of $4,500 and a federal tax credit of $7,500 to reduce the out-of-pocket cost to under $16,000, after rebates and credits.
Hawaiians can reserve a Mitsubishi i starting April 22, with a fully-refundable deposit of $299 via PayPal at the company’s website.
Mitsubishi will also waive the $99.99 home electrical inspection fee for the first 2,000 people who place a reservation and purchase the new electric car.
“We thank Mitsubishi Motors for choosing Hawaii as one of the first states to receive the new “i” electric car. Electric vehicles use a fraction of the fuel needed by traditional cars, so each EV on the road means we’re reducing our dependence on imported oil and increasing our ability to reach Hawaii’s goal of 70 percent clean energy within a generation,” said Estrella Seese, Acting Energy Program Administrator, Hawaii State Energy Office.
The Mitsubishi i can be charged using the onboard household charger through either 120V or 240V power sources or by a DC quick-charger system that utilizes a three-phase 220V power supply (80% charge in 30 minutes). The charging times from a very low battery to completely full are approximately 6 hours at 240V and 22.5 hours at 120V. Mitsubishi is targeting a driving range of 85 miles for the vehicle.
The base model Mitsubishi i ES packs a full complement of welcome standard equipment and amenities. These include speed-sensitive electric power steering (EPS), LED rear tail lamps, driver seat heater, electric air conditioning with micron filter, remote keyless entry, 3-spoke sport steering wheel, an on-board recharging system with 120V portable 8 amp charging cable, and a 4 speaker, 100-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3/WMA playback.