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Mitsubishi is getting ready to roll out its electric i-MiEV in the United States, which is expected to arrive in late 2011. When it does land on our shores, it will be larger than its Japanese- and Euro-spec cousins. Gregory Adams, head of marketing and product planning for Mitsubishi Motors North America, states that the changes were required to meet U.S. crash regulations and to conform to our super-sized tastes.

In addition to a roomier i-MiEV, U.S.-spec cars will feature an upgraded interior and a greater number of standard features. The electric egg-bus is expected to ring the register for less than $30,000, without the deduction of $7,500 for the electric vehicle federal tax credit.

The European-spec i-MiEV will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month and is expected to be sized and outfitted exactly like the version currently on sale in Japan.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      This car will sell like hot cakes. Spoke to Mitsu dealer, who said the Geek Squad wants to switch their fleet to MiVE. I don't think the Beetle is geeky enough, lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi i-MiEV is one of the pioneers in the competition for the mass market EV. It maintains, max speed 80 km / h and a range of about 75 km. But the small size of i-MiEV electric transmission and low to keep it away from some of the shopping list.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can immediately visualize the new US bumpers crudely tacked on.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Full electirc powertrain, bigger, better cabin, more features, for much less money. I'd like to see them pull that off but don't think they will. Be lucky to be in the high 30s.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I can see $30k before Fed tax credits.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This will not sell. At all.

      Aside from the commercial fleets (as banan mentioned above), Americans will not jump at this.