Mitsubishi has said it wants to have over half of its sales to be electric vehicles by 2020, so rumors of an all-electric truck from the Japanese automaker make an awful lot of sense. That's just what the Nikkei is reporting, saying the light-duty truck is due some time in fiscal 2012. The truck will be Mitsubishi's third EV, following the i-MiEV (also known as the "i"), that has been on sale since 2009, and the Minicab-MiEV (pictured, more details here), a vehicle made in partnership with Suzuki that went on sale this month.

The Nikkei (via Reuters) says that plan for the upcoming light-duty truck is to let it easily charge from a household outlet and that it "will be targeted at farmers, contractors and others who use light trucks for their work." The cost? less than 1.5 million yen ($19,223 U.S. at today's exchange rates) after Japanese government subsidies. Sounds like a practical new entry into the plug-in universe.

Beyond this practicality, Mitsubishi's plans expand in many directions. We've heard that Mitsubishi will offer up a plug-in version of the Outlander Sport and an electric model based on the Evolution XI concept in 2013, as well as a plug-in Evo sedan.


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      Spec
      • 8 Hours Ago
      Damn . . . Japan seems to be going hardcore electric. And that is a good idea considering oil depletion. But they better figure out their electricity situation. Fukushima crapped radioactive particles all over their country. So . . . are they going to go heavy into wind & solar? The better start doing more geothermal, they have that.
        Dave
        • 8 Hours Ago
        @Spec
        "Monday, August 1, 2011 Japan announced Monday that it has plans to start testing the offshore extraction of methane hydrates by the end of fiscal 2012. Methane hydrates, called burning ice, are frozen deposits of methane that may be possible to safely extract. Methane is a clean burning fuel, but the gas itself is a source of aggravation to environmentalists. Although frozen methane deposits are mostly found near the ocean floor, Japan successfully extracted some of these deposits in 2008 by land in the Canadian permafrost. These offshore attempts will be the first of their kind. If Japan can pull it off, the implications could be huge. Brad Tomer, former director of the Department of Energy’s Strategic Center for Natural Gas and Oil, told Popular Mechanics in 2006 that “there’s more energy potential locked up in methane hydrate formations across the world than in all other fossil energy resources combined.”" http://www.investmentu.com/2011/August/methane-hydrates-burning-ice.html
          Spec
          • 8 Hours Ago
          @Dave
          I hope they can pull it off but I am very skeptical. Methane hydrates are very low energy density formations. Collecting slush off the bottom of the ocean is not easy. Methane hydrates may be like the Oil Shale (kerogen . . . not to be confused with the conventional oil in shale formations) in the USA . . . the fuel of the future . . . and always will be.
      fairfireman21
      • 8 Hours Ago
      As a contractor, how is it I can haul sheetrock in one of these? Is there room for my tools? Is there room to have tools am myself in there to do work if it were cold? Is there enough battery to get me 100 miles to my current job site and back without having to run a generator for 20 hours to get back? Can it tow? BS is all it is!
      DaveMart
      • 8 Hours Ago
      I assume this to be the L200, or perhaps a smaller version: http://www.mitsubishi-cars.co.uk/l200/ This would work well as a plug-in with an RE. Here in the UK Mitsubishi and NIssan are both very popular for trucks.
        DaveMart
        • 8 Hours Ago
        @DaveMart
        I was completely wrong about the L200! It is an electric version of this that they are intending: http://www.plugincars.com/mitsubishi-launch-electric-mini-truck-2012-111212.html This is of course a much smaller vehicle, a Kei car, and I can't see them bringing it to the States, and possibly not even Europe.
        DaveMart
        • 8 Hours Ago
        @DaveMart
        These seem to be the approximate specs: http://buckeyeminitrucks.com/Mini%20Truck%20Specifications.htm About 1,500 lbs it seems.
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 8 Hours Ago
        @DaveMart
        I like this vehicle very much.
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 8 Hours Ago
        @DaveMart
        Shees David, the L200 weighs approx 4200 lbs. My club cab Silverado weighs 5100 lbs. I would have thought it would weigh less. Not exactly EV material.