In October of 2010, Mitsubishi commenced production of its Euro-spec I-MiEV. The European-bound electric hatch differs only slightly from its Japanese counterpart, but production of the Euro version marked the beginning of Mitsubishi's full-fledged plans to export its pint-sized electric. To date, Mitsubishi has shipped 2,500 i-MiEVs and the re-badged twins, the Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero, to 15 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Furthermore, Mitsubishi says it has received numerous requests to bring the i-MiEV to Finland, Serbia, Turkey and Slovenia. The automaker intends to honor those requests and is expected to begin shipping i-MiEVs to those four countries "in the near future." Later this year, Mitsubishi will ramp up production of the i-MiEV with the intent of expanding its availability and landing additional sales.
The i-MiEV Goes On Sale in 15 European Countries
Tokyo, January 14, 2011 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced today that sale of the European-spec i-MiEV new-generation electric vehicle is to commence in 15 European countries*1.
As a reminder, MMC began production of the i-MiEVs for Europe from October of last year. Three months after starting shipment, about 2,500 units*2 were shipped.
Currently, the i-MiEV is attracting high attention in Mitsubishi Motors Europe's territory. In addition to the first 15 countries the car is to be sold in, there have been requests to introduce the i-MiEV from Finland, Serbia, Turkey, and Slovenia. In response to these requests, MMC plans to ship units to these countries in the near future, making the European countries the i-MiEV will be sold in to 19. Later on, the i-MiEV shall be sequentially introduced further within Mitsubishi Motors Europe's territory.
*1: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.
*2: This number includes Peugeot iOn and Citroën C-ZERO.