Mitsubishi i-Miev price drops by 10k

* Electric car now 24k, including government grant * On sale January 1 2011 * 90-mile range, zero CO2 tailpipe emissions...

Mitsubishi i-Miev price drops by 10k

Mitsubishi has reduced the price of its i-Miev electric car to 28,990, which drops to 23,990 when the Government's 5000 electric car grant is taken into account.

Although the car won't be on sale until January 1, 2011, it had previously been priced at 38,699, almost 10,000 more than the revised figure. At 23,990, its priced the same as Nissan Leaf, which goes on sale in February 2011.

The i-Miev comes with a 49kW electric motor that can power the car to a top speed of 81mph. It has a range of 90 miles and takes nine hours to charge, although a rapid charge system can recharge to 80% of the batteries' power in 30 minutes.

Specifications have also been revealed, and the electric car gets:

• All-round electric windows
• Central door locking with keyless entry
• Drivers and front passengers front airbags
• Side and curtain air bags
• Heated drivers seat and wing mirrors
• CD player
• Leather-wrapped steering wheel
• Leather-wrapped shift knob
• Headlamp levelling device
• Battery remaining indicator
• Air conditioning
• Alloy wheels

The i-Miev comes with a five-year, 62,500-mile warranty for the main battery and EV components. A three-year servicing package can be bought for a further 300.