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A Giveaway To Celebrate the All-New 100% Electric Mitsubishi i

by Tiffany in Frugal Green

Well, if you happened by thinking I am giving away a car you will be disappointed. Of course I kept that prize all to myself… muahaha!!!

Well, it’s nice to dream right?

Up until a few months ago, when I went to the North American international Auto Show with one of the major auto companies, I was clueless about what green cars were on the market. The green cars have always seemed out of my budget and truthfully they still are. BUT they are coming down in price which is good news for all of us. Soon enough it won’t cost us more than we pay monthly for our home mortgage to have a great hybrid/electric or all electric vehicle. I am drooling at the prospect because the cars I saw at the NAIAS were GORGEOUS! But then again I am so far removed from the new car scene (I have a 2000 and a 1995 model) that I felt the new cars resembled futuristic space ships. Anyway the Mitsubishi i is going to be released soon and in honor of that the company has arranged a giveaway here. The prize details are below but here are some stats on the car…

The Mitsubishi i is a very affordable 100% electric-powered mass-market production vehicle available in North America very, very soon. The starting MSRP IS $29,125 and the net MSRP* after a federal tax credit is a very affordable $21,625 for the standard ES model and only $23,625 for the upgrade SE version, making the starting price for the all-new Mitsubishi i several thousand less than other comparable electric vehicles available in the market. I was at the NAIAS checking all prices and comparing all the green cars and I can tell you that this price rocks!!

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. That would be perfect for many commuters and certainly for stay at home moms who need it for kiddie transfers and errands. The car 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 Mitsubishi i is a compact car for sure but the design make for very roomy and comfortable accommodations for four adult-size passengers. Sadly, it is too small for us but for many a family this car would a great ride. The rear seats fold flat, allowing the cargo capacity to expands greatly, perfect for a couples weekend or for bulkier items at Costco or Lowes.

The cars will begin shipping in early 2012 to select markets, and will be available in the Northeast by April 2012 and nationwide by January 2013. You can reserve your i now though and Mitsubishi will cover the cost of the electrical inspection by Best Buy’s Geek Squad to make sure your home can efficiently charge an EV: http://i.mitsubishicars.com/reserve. Very cool!

If you are reading this Mitsubishi I am totally willing to test drive this baby and review it extensively for as long as you desire! No seriously, I am willing to undertake that hardship for the sake of green research.

For more on the Mitsubishi i, visit Mitsubishi Cars and their Facebook page.

The Giveaway is CLOSED. The winner is comment #5 Good Girl Gone Green, Thanks for entering!

*Includes federal tax credit of up to $7500. Retail MSRP of ES starts $29,125 and SE starts at $31,125

Giveaway sponsored by Mitsubishi.

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

85 Comments

  • http://www.mycrunchylife.com/ crunchycake

    I would like to pre-order the electric vehicle because my husband gets to drive the LEAF and I would love to have a sexy electric to spew no emissions too.

  • Kristinfriesen

    I would love to preorder this for my husband if i could! He drives a lot for work and it would be so nice if we could use less gas and lower our carbon footprint. What a great car!

  • Bethnbaker

    Electric cars are such a great alternative to gas-powered, I wish we could switch!

  • Ashley Carter

    I would pre-buy an electric car if I could because we are currently a one car family to save on money. I would love to have another car to make little trips around town!

  • Good Girl Gone Green

    I would love a new car especially a green one! And I could also use a WF gift card! :)

  • Amy A.

    I would love to be on the cutting edge of this technology!

  • ormegirl3

    Definitely would want a green car to save money and stop polluting the environment with our oldie :) 

  • Brandi384

    I just saw gas at $5 per gallon!!!!  The electricity costs would be so much less than gas.  Plus that car looks much much sexier than our minivan. This would be the perfect car for hubby to take to work. Work is only a few miles away and he could leave the gas guzzling van with me, I usually walk the babies to stores anyhow.  I was literally just saying how I would love an electric car yesterday. I would choose it over a Lexus or BMW, why pay more for a car that will just make you pay more to make it run?

  • Saradaniel13

    We fit both kids in a compact car now, and I would love even better gas mileage!

  • Ann2boys

    This looks like a wonderfully economical way to get around town with my two boys to all of our home school adventures!

  • Beth D

    Because it looks so cute!

  • Mcdanc14

    This car looks like a responsible way to get better gas mileage. I love it.

  • Marla

    I would love that beautiful electric car (but would also like the Whole Foods gift card and reusable bags).

  • Cindy

    To save on gas money.

  • Mfroling

    I could definitely use a new car!

  • http://www.itsawahmlife.com Jackie Lee

    wow ~ I am “testing” a minivan right now and can’t BELIEVE the crappy gas mileage it gets. I would LOVE an electric car ~ to help the environment, and cut down on gas. Until then ~ I’m going back to my Honda, no more minivan for me. 

  • Leslie

    I would preorder because it is affordable and has a great epa rating as well. What a great way to save some and help the environment! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/elta.meinert Elta Meinert

    That would be an awesome way to commute to work or run errands around town. With gas at $4 a gallon this would bring a welcome relief to the pocket book as well :)

  • Latonya r

    This would be great to order for that college student of mines with all the benefits it has. if she can’t save money anywhere else, she will surely save gas money here;) and have a safe economical car

  • Latonya r

    This would be great to order for that college student of mines with all the benefits it has. if she can’t save money anywhere else, she will surely save gas money here;) and have a safe economical car

  • nd

    This would help us remove gas costs for my spouse’s commute while we start a business

  • Crogirl

    Sounds like an awesome car! We spend a ton on fuel, and would love an alternative that didn’t cost as much, and would be so much better for the environment.

  • Jude Griffin

    I’d preorder to support the ongoing evolution of alternatives to gas-powered vehicles.

  • LeAnn Waletzko

    Looks sweet…If we could work out the logistics for a NYC charging station it could be the perfect urban vehicle.

  • Amelia M.

    The nearest town is 70 miles away….we do a LOT of driving and spending money on gas!  This sounds like it could help a ton!

  • Jennifer S

    I would preorder this vehicle if possible in order to lower my carbon footprint.

  • Alaine

    Because it is a great way to be economical!
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  • Kperales25

    This car has everything I am looking for 62 mph, tax credit, its electric powered =] Although I can’t purchase it right now, I will in the near future, I even see this as it being my oldest daughter car when she can drive =] 

  • Kevindavidwright

    With my commute to work around 11 miles each way, throw in a stop at the gym and maybe the grocery store, this car seems to be the perfect fit for my lifestyle. Plus I would be the first person on my block to have an EV and be on the forefront of helping drive the world electric 

  • http://profiles.google.com/kylebryan.kb Kyle Bryan

    It does seem very affordable and nobody likes paying the current gas prices, which ARE expected go even higher.  My husband has a pretty big commute so if we could pre-order, those would be some of our reasons!  Have a great day!

  • Jackie Jamison

    I currently get 20 mpg in a Ford Freestyle and am amazed at the money I am spending at the pump.  I would love this car to save $ and reduce oil consumption in this country!

  • Rebecca

    It’s electric! Love that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Davis/100000464866358 Jason Davis

    We at Ted Russell Mitsubishi in Knoxville, TN are very excited about the I MIEV’s arrival.  We should have our first car in about 30 days.

  • tawnya

    Electric.  ELECTRIC!  Fabulous.

  • Michelle O

    We are totally wanting a new (four-door) car right now!  Two doors is just really tough to get an infant car seat in and out of. . .

  • Amy Lee

    Would love to replace my old gas-guzzler hand me down jeep with a more earth friendly car!

  • Barb D

    Because it will save me $11 per day while I thumb my nose as I pass the gas station! The car will pay for itself before the battery warranty runs out. I have already ordered mine and should get it this month. My current car is an ’02 Subaru that gets only 20 mpg.

  • Kim_Meyers

    I would love to save gas and drive something that is better for our environment!

  • Tammy Bierwagen

    besides the fact that it fits the bill for my needs? it’s adorable!

  • Kim

    It would be a great money-save for our military family!  And we like to be GREEN!

  • Cherie

    This would be the perfect car for use in running my children to and from school and their numerous activities.  No gas – and cleaner air, a win-win for me.  

  • Nisha

      If I had the money,I would love pre-order Mitsubishi since my son just turned 2 and as a single mother it is getting harder to go about an do the simple things such as grocery shopping and laundry. I need a car but the green options are currently out of my budget range.

  • Lauren

    If i could I would immediately pre-order and sell our huge SUV:)

  • Michelle

    I would pre-order the i because of its awesome energy efficiency.

  • Julia Zinger

    If we could afford it, I would definitely love a greener car that would actually fit comfortably my family of 4 – my current acura tsx is getting smaller and smaller

  • http://www.maegandougherty.com/blog Maegandougherty

    We may need a second car soon and I would love a hybrid, but this would be even better!

  • pam

    I would love a green vehicle.  It would move us away from the oil dependence and improve the environment. 

  • tiemeupandspankme

    I would love to drive this baby across the country.  I’ve done it a few times but not in anything this fuel efficient!  

  • greg

    I would love a green car to replace my 12 year old 2 door car that won’t fit my kids

  • Melissa Camilleri

    I’m a SAHM and my husband is a pastor…errand are our middle name! It seems like we are always running here or this. This car would be perfect for our errand running lifestyle and would help offset the minivan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/renn.waters Ren Waters

    Oh sooo many reasons. I guess mostly because I’m driving my family around in a ’94 Suzuki Sidekick with safety features comparable to a cardboard box. Lol I’m serious, it’s that bad. But we can’t afford anything else, as much as I’d love it. Hopefully some time in the next 5 years we can start thinking about getting an -actual- family car.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=642112168 Justyna Pers

    Because each time I turn key in my petrol-fed car I WISH so deeply that I had a choice! A better choice for the environment. A better choice for me. Our city (Belfast, Northern Ireland) is introducing electric car charging points this year- it will be a breath of fresh air and a sign of change even here…

  • Jessica

    I would LOVE to preorder this car because I would love to reduce my families carbon footprint. I am a young 20′s mom and a green car is not within our budget now but will be within the next few years. I have just started going natural and I am loving it.

  • Andrea

    I would love to preorder this car if I had the money for so many reasons. I try to make choices everyday both big and small to protect the environment in hopes of making this world a little better for our kids.

  • http://twitter.com/aisazia Aisazia

    I’d like to pre-order the Mitsubishi car since it is not only wonderful for the environment but for the pocket in the long run. I’d like to buy one to make the most of my money and stay green as well. I’d love to probably get one for my Mom since she does a lot of driving around. :)

  • Mustangdogg

    I really need a reliable and economical car to TAKE CARE of my family … PLEASE!

  • tetricus

    There’s one at our local Mitsu dealer. I’d love to have this car for its practicality and create less pollution in my community. 

  • Jakes_Mom

    I only drive 2.5 miles to work.  This would be the perfect car for me! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Γιάννης-Γαλάνης/100002556744624 Γιάννης Γαλάνης

     I work in IKEA and the company said that they will place recharging stations in staff’s parking. :)

  • Aloha11080

    I would pre-order the Mitsubishi i because I am a commuting college student.  It would be the perfect car for going back and fourth to school every day.  It also is a very affordable option in the green car range.  Being a commuting college student it would be a great addition to helping me save even more money.  Having to drive on the congested California freeways every day I see the need for cars with zero emissions.  I would love to contribute to helping our environment, health, and my student budget by pre-ordering one of these cars if I could! 

  • Dee

    I would preorder this compact car because it not only looks appealing but it also sounds very comfortable. We don’t shop in bulk that much so that wouldn’t affect us but I like having the option just in case! I also like the fact that the battery power lasts for a long time and doesn’t pollute the environment like fuel does with emissions. Thanks for the chance and for the wonderful article — I had no idea they were offering such a vehicle!

  • http://twitter.com/cg689 Chris G.

    i would preorder this because it sounds very environmentally friendly! i would use it to commute to school and it seems like the better choice!!

  • NCearthmom

    I would love this electric car. I could get so used to not having to pay huge amounts of my paycheck to gas. It would be so much better for the environment and my pocket. I am trying every way to be a earth friendly single mom these days. I could use more of my money to buy better earth friendly foods and products. They just put some of the electric charge stations in my town too.

  • Gloria

    Awesome giveaway! I would love this electric car to avoid polluting the air further with the use of gasoline, never mind paying the ridiculous price for it. 

  • Valentinebaby50

    If I could afford this car, I would order it for my daughter and grandson. It would be a good investment for her to get back and forth to college and help the environment at the same time. Our planet is in trouble!

  • Ambydoo143

    Wow, what an amazing giveaway!  I would LOVE to get this awesome car to save on gasoline, most def! It would not only cut down on air pollution, but it would help with our budget, and we could easily cruise around town for our weekly errands, in style, and being green! :o)

  • Teri Morrison

    I would love to get this wonderful fuel efficient car!!  We live 30 miles from the closest grocery store and 60 miles from the closest whole foods store.  So, this would save us a LOT of gas money!!

  • Nicki G.

    I have always wanted an eco friendly car.  Most of my traveling is done within 25 miles of my house so I could rely on the 62miles/charge everyday.  Also with just it being my hubby and me-the compact size would be perfect!

  • Seashellis

    My retired husband & I would love this car. Living simply in our golden years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.k.cannon Jessica K Cannon

    This car looks really neat and I would love to test drive it with my little one! Go green!

  • Tammie E

    I’ve already told my husband Id like my next car to be electric/hybrid. I’ve been waiting for some improvements. Looks like this one had a lot mire to offer!

  • Stacey

    It looks like a very fun car to drive!

  • Beth

    I would love to buy this car and get rid of my gas guzzling SUV. I even noticed that there are more and more charging stations nearby. Very cool.

  • Julie

    This would be great for my 16 mile commute to work!

  • Camille

    This would be the perfect car to help us scale back on gas!

  • Nancy

    If we are trying to live green we should also drive Green! It looks like a fun car to drive and the kids would love it too!

  • Michele Bowdoin

    I have only driven Mitsubishis since 1995 when I bought my VERY first new car. It was a sporty two door Mitsubishi Mirage 5 speed!  I am on my third Mitsusubishi! I drive an 2007 Endeavor!

    I would LOVE to order one and drive it all over Smyrna, TN to outshine all those Nissan Leafs that are made here! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-VandenBoogart/100001732367643 James VandenBoogart

    I would pre order one because I love small cars and had have 4 small cars and always believed in driving green ( 1 Mazda 323 2 honda Civic Hatchbacks and 1 Honda Fit) and with gas prices in Chicago reached $5/Gallon Ouch!!!. This car would be great because I drive less than 100 miles per day!

  • Chinakidoliver Iab

    I would love to have onw of these because we are always going to worry, that my friend is unchangeable but with the mitsubishi it not only is a unique car ( much unlike the priuses) but it just makes us feel set apart from those who worry for the enviroment but dont take the next step. This car us the game changer , the entrepreneur, the blueprint for the future. This car is the one and only mitsubishi i

  • Youaburgerb

    For one it’s a mitsubishi and i would pre-order so i could skoot around town gas free with the homeys:) awesome car! Great for mitsubishi!

  • Lizdollens

    Wanting to test drive one of these NOW!

  • Connie Perez

    I love to test drive one.

  • Stan_NJ

    I have that car for 4 weeks and already made 605 miles on it (New Jersey). I love it, our kids love it and I am estimating greater than 112 MPG. Operating and owning EV is different experience, different paradigm and life style. Despite being thrilled with my i, I am skeptical about broad acceptance among typical consumers. People love their gas cars and it is comparable to religion! Every colleague asks the same questions: 1) how often do you have to charge it? 2) how many miles can you go on single charge ? (they compare with gas cars…). My simple answer is by asking them: What is your car doing at night? My EV is working at night – it is being charged. It does not bother me that my EV needs a whole night to recharge because I don’t drive at night. Range anxiety? Really? What is your daily commute? This is what matters because I don’t mind plugin every day.
    The only limitation is that EV’s are not for a long-haul trips, even if you have Level 3 charging stations along the highway. You don’t want to stop every 30-45 minutes to charge your car for another 30 minutes. So, if a typical American family owns 3 cars, one dedicated long-haul gas-powered vehicle is sufficient.

  • Bigtantrum

    I would love to pre-order. Because I’d like us to start healing the earth back up. She deserves it. And me and my reusable bags and cool new water bottle would go to Whole Foods, give a friendly honk to all the other earth lovers in the parking lot and start an electric honking awareness movement that would spread all the way to Sears.

     

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