• Jun 5, 2009
Mitsubishi i MiEV - click above for high-res image gallery

Mitsubishi has launched series production of its iMiEV electric car at its Okayama, Japan factory. That makes the tri-diamond brand the first major automaker to kick off full scale production of a new EV, though it will be followed by many other automakers over the next two years. The automaker plans to build about 2,000 units through the remainder of this fiscal year and then crank that up to 5,000 next year. The first cars are going to corporate fleet customers but retail sales are expected to start later in the year.

The iMiEV has a range of about 100 miles from its lithium ion battery pack. The batteries are the result of a joint venture between Mitsubishi and GS Yuasa. Factoring government incentives available in Japan, the $45,660 iMiEV will end up costing about $31,300 at current exchange rates, which is a bit higher than the $27,000 price previously rumored. No decision has been made yet on when the car will be offered in the U.S. market, but we do know it will make its way here sometime. First, Mitsubishi needs to develop a production left-hand drive version.



[Source: Nikkei]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This car would be better if it had a Gas option. only 100 miles per charge is kinda dumb.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ah. Well then I want that one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It does. Its called the Mitsubishi i.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At least it won't be huffing blue smoke anytime soon, unlike their gas-powered cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Boy is that thing ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The discrepancy in price might have more to do with the yen's fluctuating value than anything else.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm certainly not an expert on the currency markets, but it's something to at least think about. Another thing is also that car prices in many other countries (i.e. Europe, and ...I think Japan, too) tend to be quoted with tax included (and these taxes are often higher than they are in the US), whereas this is never the norm here. It's not always so straightforward!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey cool, a pimped out Nano..
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Toy Yoda
        I didn't notice a nod and wink in your post, you do know there is a Hello Kitty i that was reported here on AB, right? Just checking.