With US monthly sale figures headed back towards the double-digit range, Mitsubishi is once again trying to goose sales of its i electric vehicle (also known as the i-MiEV) with some heavy-duty rebates. The Japanese automaker enacted a $10,000 rebate towards the end of last month and is apparently doing so again, this time offering the rebate until the end of July. That means folks can get an i – dealer willing – for a smidgen under $20,000 before the $7,500 federal tax rebate kicks in.
Mitsubishi sold 588 units of the all-electric model last year and appeared to get a little momentum earlier this year, moving 594 i EVs through February. That may have been helped by lease deals for as low as $69 a month, and sales plummeted to 31 units in March and 127 vehicles in April.
We've asked Mitsubishi for more details on the new $10,000 promotion, but have not yet heard back. We will update this post if we get any more information.
*UPDATE: We heard back from Mitsubishi's Dan Irvin, who said there is no such national deal available (and the original source has taken the information down). Irvin wrote, "The fact is MMNA has no national rebate or i-MiEV price discount, however, some individual Mitsubishi dealers across the country are currently offering extremely attractive incentives to customers to buy or lease an
i-MiEV. Customers should check with their local dealer to see what they're offering."