A plug-in with economy car pricing?
One common criticism of the Toyota Prius is its futuristic styling and design cues. A science experiment gone bad, many have called it. While I've always found the Prius design to be quite functional, it is impossible to argue that the Prius is a hot looking car.
Yet, the i-MiEV electric car makes the Prius appear Best in Show.
Now, I'm not trying to be a hater, and I'm only familiar with the Japanese i-MiEV, so maybe the American version will be different, but the Japanese i-MiEV felt, well, cheap. If the i-MiEV were a gasoline car, for instance, I'd expect a price tag under $10,000. Yet, in Japan this EV goes for $40,000+.
Fortunately, the American version will be bigger and probably a bit safer, but it's expected to fetch nearly $30,000. $30,000 for 63 horsepowers of EV fun packaged in a Tata-esque package with 80 – 100 miles of top end range? Seriously?
Different strokes for different folks, I guess. But, hey, if you like looks of the i-MiEV, tax credits might make it even cheaper than a Prius.