The Mitsubishi i-MiEV has always played second fiddle to the Nissan Leaf, so the company has introduced an updated model that costs $6,130 less than its predecessor.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV has always played second fiddle to the Nissan Leaf, so the company has introduced an updated model that costs $6,130 less than its predecessor.

Set to go on sale next spring, the 2014 i-MiEV has a familiar design but adopts new daytime running lights, front fog lights and restyled aluminum wheels. The cabin has also been upgraded with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats and "numerous decorative color/trim upgrades."

Besides the styling tweaks, the i-MiEV has been equipped with a battery warming system and a CHAdeMO DC quick charge port. The model also has a Level 1 charging cable that enables the battery to be recharged in approximately 14 hours (12 amp) or 22 hours (8 amp).

Pricing starts at $22,995 but that effectively drops to $15,495 after factoring in the U.S. EV federal tax credit of $7,500.

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