Mitsubishi earlier this week shipped its first i electric vehicles to the U.S. East Coast with a delivery of the cars making it to Baltimore. Mitsubishi also reported February sales of 44 i vehicles, up from 36 in January.

The Baltimore-area EVs will be used by regional dealers as demonstration vehicles in advance of nationwide sales this summer. Dealerships in the northeastern U.S. as well as Virginia and Illinois will have the EVs for local customers to test drive.

The Japanese automaker in January bumped up the nationwide sales date by about nine months because of better-than-expected advance inquiries. Mitsubishi started selling the car in Hawaii and on the West Coast in November.

The model was named by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in November as the country's most fuel-efficient production vehicle, getting a fuel economy rating of 112 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent, combined. The i can go about 62 miles on a single charge, or about 11 miles fewer than the Nissan Leaf.
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First East Coast Shipment of 2012 Mitsubishi i Electric Vehicles Arrive at the Port of Baltimore

Mon, Feb 27, 2012 - Baltimore, Maryland -


Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) has received the first shipment of 2012 Mitsubishi i electric vehicles to the eastern United States. These units will be delivered to Mitsubishi Motors dealerships for use as demonstration vehicles.

This initial delivery of the Japanese auto manufacturer's groundbreaking 100% electric-powered vehicle to the Port of Baltimore – recently named by the EPA as the #1-ranked most fuel-efficient vehicle available in the United States – marks the debut of the fun-to-drive, efficient and proven 2012 Mitsubishi i to most of the eastern seaboard.

"With so many vehicles sold in different parts of the globe, Mitsubishi's 100% electric-powered vehicle has a proven record of reliability, safety and ease of use," said MMNA President & CEO Yoichi Yokozawa."And as the #1 selling electric vehicle (EV) in Norway, the Mitsubishi i should have no problem adapting to American households in the cold-climate northeast corridor."
Customer and fleet deliveries of the 2012 Mitsubishi i began last December on the west coast (California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii). The vehicle will be available to test drive at participating dealerships throughout the northeast, Virginia and Illinois beginning in March and will be available nationwide by this summer.

With a starting net value of $21,625* for the well-equipped entry-level ES model (the premium-grade SE version begins at $23,625*), the 2012 Mitsubishi i is the most affordably-priced mass-produced electric vehicle (EV) available in the United States and is the first of several new advanced, alternative-fuel production vehicles that the Japanese auto manufacturer plans on bringing to the North American market in the next few years.

For more information on the 2012 Mitsubishi i, please visit media.mitsubishicars.com and i.mitsubishicars.com.

* ES $29,125 MSRP less $7500 federal tax credit = $21,625 after tax credit; SE $31,125 MSRP less $7500 federal tax credit = $23,625 after tax credit

About Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, sales, marketing, research and development operations for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells coupes, convertibles, sedans and sport utility vehicles through a network of approximately 400 dealers. In November of 2011, MMNA launched the battery-powered electric vehicle Mitsubishi i as part of a corporate mission to offer consumers more environmentally responsible modes of transportation. This battery-powered electric vehicle technology addresses the need for vehicles that produce zero tailpipe emissions and support a growing agenda for sustainability. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.


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      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      This may fit in well with the what people actually want from an electric vehicle at this stage, as a comparatively low cost commuter for people with more than one vehicle, which does what it needs to do without the fancies.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really, really want one of these stupid jellybean cars, but the price.. :(
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        sounds good 2WM. don't base a car on RC cells though. thundersky family or A123 if you feel experimental. maybe headway are you watching evtv? Audi A2 seems to be a good donor but you probably don't have those. honda insight gen1 could be good but those might be expensive. or you could heist an EV1. or make a replica
          marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          @Dave, Dan, 2WM, Ev conversion can be very rewarding, but also frustrating and time consuming. (Bit like restoring a classic). The old Audi-Porsche and Suzuki Vitari are very popular since they are both quite light vehicles for their class. Mid-engine layout provides good battery distribution. I have converted several Mazda MX-5's. they make excellent conversions and the finished product looks professional. In the UK and some European countries, rules are very lax about EV conversions. Australia is getting very tough! Australia with it's very high standard of design rules, the States are becoming more determined to stamp out poor quality 'backyard' EV's. It pays to ensure that your donor car is pre-complicated ESC, as this can be really difficult to adapt. Oh and finally, DF, it's not that cheap! Except for your labour, the parts are relatively expensive and to get a truly professional finished product, most people need expert assistance. But, for those enterprising souls like EV superhero, EV conversions are a really rewarding passion. The 1959-1970 UK produced Ford Anglia 105E, is an ideally attractive conversion for a show car.(Harry Potter look alike). Great Fun!
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          But Dan, a hobbyking powered car would be so fun... ;] Not sure what cells i'd go with tho. No, we don't have Audi A2's :| Insight gen1 is hard to come by, and yeah expensive.. kind of a shame to not just roll with the original hybrid engine anyway. EV1 - haha, that would be a riot to steal one from a museum ;] I've watched EVtv and it is about as entertaining as watching paint dry. On the other hand, it will make my girlfriend leave the room, so it has some utility :D Message boards are where it's at for the builders.. imho..
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          2WM I saw a couple dozen used 1-st gen Insights online (on cars dot com). They're relatively expensive, but they're so efficient you'll save a lot on gas too.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Well, you are not going to find a cheaper EV in the near future.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          2WM, depending on your budget, have you considered a porsche boxster? they can be gotten quite cheaply in USA and looks a lot better than the old porsches
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          That's a shame, 2WM. Here in the UK buying kit car flyers is really easy: Vehicle regulations in the UK allow the production of up to 200 vehicles a year without the extensive regulation and testing requirements applied to mass-market vehicles. This has led to an expanding industry of small producers capable of offering partial and complete kits, some for export, and finished vehicles for domestic use. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kit_car
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          DaveMart, unfortunately not. All we get is the Smart car ( with the awful manumatic and 1.0L gas engine ).. the next smallest car is the Mazda 2. When the Geo Metro was discontinued around 2000, there were no tiny gas cars like the Smart or MiEV available for sale in the USA until 2008, when the Smart came over as a non-grey market import. But the Geo Metros are rusting out these days, so yeah here in the USA we are kinda boned for small car conversion targets..
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          2WM, like this white boxster for 6000$ http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?ct=p&car_id=306397164&dealer_id=66621015&car_year=1998&systime=&doors=&position=top&model=BOXSTE&search_lang=en&start_year=1981&keywordsfyc=&keywordsrep=&highlightFirstMakeModel=&search_type=both&distance=0&min_price=&rdm=1330757347915&drive=&marketZipError=false&advanced=&fuel=&keywords_display=&sownerid=100237&lastBeginningStartYear=1981&end_year=2001&showZipError=y&make2=&certified=&engine=&dma=MIAMI-FT_LAUDERDALE_MI&page_location=findacar%3A%3Aispsearchform&body_code=0&transmission=&isFlashPlugin=true&default_sort=priceDESC&max_mileage=&color=&address=33133&sort_type=priceASC&max_price=9000&make=POR&seller_type=b&num_records=25&cardist=1115&standard=false you can sell the motor and junk after
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Dan, that's worth considering. I didn't know they were going for so cheap now. Not a fan of the egg headlights though. I really do dig the oldschool ones.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Don't they sell the petrol model there so you could just rip out the bits you don't want and replace them? Presumably not.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Incorrect. I have plans to build my own :) It's just that the jellybean would be more aerodynamic than the 80's Porsches that i'm looking at.
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          2wheel How about a Ford Fiesta? Also, look to Texas and Florida. I still see Mavericks, Torino"s and Vega's without rust. You can fine your Metro here (or others).
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          No, I don't believe they sell the petrol version here. But I think he is starting from 'donor' car that probably has a blown out engine to keep costs down.
      Jeremie Laflamme
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can confirm this. I got mine last week. Very nice car to drive.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeremie Laflamme
        Thanks for your report. How's the handling? rear engine seems like it would be tons of fun to toss around :)
      Rohit Lanjekar
      • 2 Years Ago
      it look like TATA nano cousin...may be stolen design from TATA or copy. guys when asked about TATA nano ..you just barl like dogs but TATA nano is better than any eletric car....don't make any creamy sentence just bcoz its mitshubushi!!!!
      Warren
      • 2 Years Ago
      "a hobbyking powered car would be so fun... ;]" Like this one? http://www.diyelectriccar.com/garage/cars/338
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Warren
        Oh, who the hell downrated you.. And... WTF? Jozzer is off his rocker! I love myself some hobbyking lipo, but looking at that amount of it makes my gut wrench. That thing's gotta be a riot though!!! thanks for the link :)
      Rohit Lanjekar
      • 2 Years Ago
      it look like TATA nano cousin...may be stolen design from TATA or copy. guys when asked about TATA nano ..you just barl like dogs but TATA nano is better than any eletric car....don't make any creamy sentence just bcoz its mitshubushi!!!!
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