Nissan Leaf undercut by price of Mitsubishi ‘i’

 

By Posted 22 Apr 2011, 17:36

Car manufacturers are making a big push into electric cars, and competition in the market is growing as the Nissan Leaf has been undercut by the price of the Mitsubishi ‘I’.

Alan Ohnsman from Automotive is reporting in an article that the electric Mitsubishi is almost $5,000 cheaper than the Nissan Leaf. The basic price for the electric car will be $27,990, but after the US tax credit the cost to customers will come in at $20,490. This will make the ‘I’ the cheapest electric vehicle in the country.

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While the Nissan Leaf starts at $32,780 before the tax credit comes into effect. Mitsubishi’s North American chief executive Yoichi Yokozawa, said to reporters that the company wants to sell 2,000 vehicles to start with, and eventually achieve 20,000 or 30,000 per year.

Nissan have started deliveries of their Leafs back in December, and is also looking to increase shipments from a few hundred per month to a thousand units per month. They are hoping to achieve 500,000 Leafs worldwide eventually.

From Friday consumers in the US can begin pre-ordering the battery powered ‘I’, and depending on driving conditions it will manage around 85 miles on a single charge. The market for electric cars will probably grow as more vehicles become available and more charging stations are built.

Will you ever consider an electric car?