• Feb 5, 2011
2010 Mitsubishi i-MiEV (JDM) – Click above for high-res image gallery

's electric i-MiEV is either on sale, or will soon be available in Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, the UK and 14 other European countries. In addition, the Japanese automaker expects to begin shipping the i-MiEV to Finland, Serbia, Turkey and Slovenia in "the near future." Now, it's time to add Russia to the ever-growing list of countries with i-MiEV access.

According to Andrei Pankov, the head of Mitsubishi's Russian distributor, Rolf Import, the i-MiEV will hit Russia by the end of April. Pankov told Automotive News that the launch of the i-MiEV:

Is a sort of an experiment ... to see how the car will survive and if the car draws any interest from consumers.

Pankov admits that Russia, due to the lack of a charging infrastructure and plug-in vehicle incentives, is not a key market for the i-MiEV. Pricing for the Russia-bound i-MiEV has not been determined, but Pankov made it clear that "the car won't be cheap."

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[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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      • 9 Hours Ago
      Mitsubishi, how about concentrating on just a couple of markets and selling as many as possible, Volt-style?

      They were among the firsts out of the block last year, yet they are still not selling cars anywhere. Just leasing, testing, press-releasing...I dunno...

      Hope they ramp up soon.
      • 9 Hours Ago
      Norway, Russia, Britain, . . . . so why is it not available in the USA?
        • 9 Hours Ago
        They decided (correctly IMO) that the i-MiEV was just too small for the North American market and are bringing out a slightly larger version for us. Also the price is high, and competition is tougher here, so they would have to sell at a lower price point. But it is coming.