In Portugal, a few years ago the i-MiEV was priced at 23.000 €, later the price was increased to 24.000 €. Recently the price was increased again, this time to 26.000 €.
This is a clear sign that Mitsubishi doesn’t want to sell it.
At the same time Nissan dropped the price of the 30 kWh Leaf by introducing the bigger battery to the entry level Visia trim, which now costs 26.015 € (after the Government contribution of 2.250€ ).
I really like the little Mitsubishi’s EV, but it’s way overpriced. I have no problem with the small 16 kWh battery and low range, but it shouldn’t cost more than 15.000 €.
There is always the alternative to buy an used one for around 10.000 €, the problem is when a reparation is needed out of the warranty, Mitsubishi will charge so much that you will give up having the car. This would be my biggest fear if buying an used electric car with expired warranty.
I’ve been a vocal critic of Nissan Leaf’s battery, I think that it was very badly designed, yet if something happens to it you already have an official price for the battery replacement. It’s not the case with Mitsubishi, ask them for a battery replacement price and you’ll get many different replies, from 10.000 € to 20.000 €. It’s crazy…
Maybe now that Nissan controls Mitsubishi things start to improve for electric cars. It’s public that both companies are working together for a long time to release a small and cheap electric car that will replace the i-MiEV.