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Mitsubishi's battery-powered i is set to hit the U.S. market in November. However, the Japanese automaker is already experiencing a flood of potential buyers seeking info on the "around $30,000" electric hatch. Mitsubishi spokesman Maurice Durand told Green Car Advisor that customer requests for the i have "easily doubled" as gas prices inch closer to the $4-per-gallon mark.

Due to this rising interest, Mitsubishi has decided to launch an online reservation system for its four-seat electric car prior to the vehicle's arrival. Durand told GCA the website will be opened "within the next 90 days."

The electric i, which boasts a range of approximately 85 miles, will be Mitsubishi's first – but probably not its last – battery-powered vehicle offered in the U.S. Look for the i's reservation site to go live sometime this spring.


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[Source: Green Car Advisor]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm all for EV's but this thing is awfully ugly for 30000 bucks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, the Americanized version looks significantly cheaper than the original version:
        http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/03/18/automobiles/533-imiev.jpg

        I think the body colored window frame actually looks cheaper than the black plastic version, so I don't get why automakers like to do that.

        "$4-per-gallon mark."
        Here in California, we have already hit the $4 gallon mark.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "...customer requests for the i have "easily doubled" as gas prices inch closer to the $4-per-gallon mark."

      Yep, I can only imagine this is going to be the case for every automaker offering EV's here in the next several months as oil future traders have already started raping us, again.

      Things are going to be different this time around though. EV's are approaching critical mass and the next round of jacked up gas prices are going to drive people to them, only this time there will actually be EV's they can buy from mainstream automakers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It usually costs me about £37 ($60) to fill my Fiat 500. Talk about pain at the pumps!

      C.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jeez, I wish our gas prices in the UK were almost "$4 per gallon"!! ;o)

      C.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. After my visits to Europe (mainly UK and Germany) I'm glad to get back stateside and purchase gas for $4.00 per gal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The i-MiEV has been in production since 2009 for the Japanese market, and they still aren't ready for it's U.S. launch? Mitsubishi has squandered away a 1.5 year head start on Nissan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They built the cars, but had no chance at all of getting the batteries at a reasonable price two years ago.
        They are also a much smaller player than Nissan.
        I think any criticism should be based on what is and was realistic for them to do, and in my view they have done well with limited resources.