• Feb 21st 2008 at 11:26AM
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The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is one of the most exciting pure-electric projects discussed by a major automaker. For one thing, the numbers being tossed around for this city car are astounding: something around 100 miles per charge (depending on driving style) and 1,000 vehicles that might be ready for sale for €17,000 ($24,800US) in 2009 or 2010. The trouble is, for American drivers, that these vehicles are only going to be available in Japan and Europe (so far, Mitsubishi has only said "maybe" to U.S. sales of the i-MiEV).
So, what's the answer? An online petition organized by one Ben Robeson and tipped to AutoblogGreen by Steven L. The petition encourages Mitsubishi Motors North America to bring the i-MiEV here because "the American public is ready for this type of vehicle" (read the full text after the jump or sign on here). As Steven wrote to us, this call won't have a lot of impact unless there are a few thousand signatures, which might take a while. I can't tell when the petition was put online, but it currently has just 75 votes.

[Source: Petition Online]

Petition text:

To: Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

We would like to encourage Mitsubishi to bring the i MiEV electric car to the United States of America. We feel there is sufficient demand for an affordable electric vehicle and the market is just waiting for a strong candidate to be sold. The attention that the Tesla Roadster and GM Volt prototype have received in national media are strong indications that the American public is ready for this type of vehicle, and Mitsubishi has shown that it has a good candidate for opening up this market in America.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok, I'll answer the "why iMiEV over Aptera" question. Really, the list is very long, but most if is that the iMiEV is a "real" car, and not classified as a motorcycle.

      I would have to wear a helmet in the Aptera. I would have to get a motorcycle license. The Aptera is single wheel, rear drive, and living in part of the US where winter = snow & ice, rear drive is out of the question. My wife won't let me buy a vehicle that cannot hold my whole family. The list goes on, but again, iMiEV = "real car"
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd rather have an Aptera, but the MiEV isn't a bad alternative. I especially like how it has multiple charging options.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Even if you're in Canada, sign it and put a comment on the comment field. They'll read it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I will love to have this car in Puerto Rico. We really need to move toward this direction...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ben: I'll give my Aptera a run in Iowa and let ya know how it works out. I'm buying through an intermediary ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      jeepers, 17000 euros in 2009?
      I'm impressed! 17000 euros is the price of a normal car in the B segment in Europe, and 2009 isn't that far off....

      • 7 Years Ago

      The looks are more appealing to me--the Aptera is out of the Jetsons. I trust the brand name more, and know the MiEV has been in testing for years. I'm guessing it's safer. Plus I think it's going to be cheaper (although I could be wrong).
      • 7 Years Ago
      The upside for Mitsubishi is a strong pent-up demand for EVs - note high demand for the Tesla Roadster and rising prices for used RAV4-EVs. The downside is rapidly increasing competition in EVs and PHEVs - Tesla, Aptera, Phoenix, Venture, Visionary Vehicles, GM, Toyota, etc.

      Personally, I'd prefer the streamlined Aptera, but I can see the appeal of the minivan-like extra room of the iMIEV. Different Volts for different folks, if you'll pardon the pun.

      It would be nice to have an "extra battery" option for those needing more range (or power!) and are willing to pay a few thousand extra for it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's up to #265. I'd like to see the SPORT version get to the North American Shores as well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      bring this car in to usa now..
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would opt for the MiEV over the Aptera in a heartbeat. In fact, I will sign a check today if I can order one of these for the U.S.

      Maybe Mitsubishi should look at the success of the Smart for two and see that Americans are serious about small cars. I want my EV!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Being from Canada and reading ABG regularly, I would sign the petition in an instant if it said "North America" instead. U.S. citizens aren't the only one being excited at the idea of electric cars and green ways of transportation in general.
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