Last November, the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Mitsubishi announced a partnership to build some tiny electric vehicles for the Japanese market. Well, the partnership is going to build more than that (like the Nissan Dayz, pictured above in Roox form, and the Mitsubishi eK wagon), but we're most interested in the upcoming plug-in results.

Those results are not here yet, but we now know that the 50-50 joint venture is moving forward and that the first "kei car" EV from the project is now due in fiscal 2016, according to the Nikkei Asia Review. The makers of the popular Leaf and i-MiEV electric vehicles say that the new small EV will be the cheapest EV on the market when its released, potentially priced at 1.5 million yen (around $14,700 US). Currently, the i-MiEV is the cheapest EV option in Japan, with a 2.5-million yen starting price (just under $24,500 US) before incentives. Taking a good $10,000 of the purchase price is likely more than enough to counter the smaller size and, perhaps, more limited amenities.


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      danfred311
      • 2 Days Ago
      14k my rear. that's after incentives. the price drop relative to imiev is only a couple of thousand. ghosn is doing it wrong as usual
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 2 Days Ago
      Cool, suicide doors! Please lean a 6' 1", 200 lb American up against for reference please.
        DarylMc
        • 2 Days Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        Height wouldn't be a problem. Width would be cosy since the vehicle is so narrow. Have a look at the spare headroom the driver in the pic has:)
          EVSUPERHERO
          • 2 Days Ago
          @DarylMc
          Yes, I saw that guy but I don't know how tall he is. It probably doesn't matter because these will never make it to the US. Just curious.
        lne937s
        • 2 Days Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        The rear doors on the Dayz Roox slide (like a mini van)... they are not suicide doors. Even the smaller Dayz has more than enough room for a six-footer like me front and back. It would be a bit tight for heavy people sitting 3 across in the rear, as the car is narrow, but the overall interior is far more accommodating for 4 people than something with constricted rear headroom like a Volt.
      Ben Crockett
      • 2 Days Ago
      Both Nissan and Mitsubishi can build a great EV - the Nissan Leaf highest selling pure EV ever and the great Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV which is selling like hot cakes across Europe (which I also happen to own!) Affordable EVs is what is required for mainstream adoption and they have the expertise and experience to do it - I wish them well and hope they succeed.
      gslippy
      • 2 Days Ago
      Nissan and Mitsubishi are collaborating on a (presumably) $14k EV. But the vehicle in the photos is not it, since that one is a 3-cylinder with a tachometer. Nice journalism.
        Mart
        • 2 Days Ago
        @gslippy
        Might be it... The Mitsu-i comes in gasoline version in Japan as well as MiEV. Both manufacturers might wish to take an existing frame and change powerplants, so the Nissan Dayz, Dayz Roox, or Mitsubishi eK wagon are all possible candidates.
      Levine Levine
      • 2 Days Ago
      Japan auto makers is a close-knit group of trade protectionist. Renault would not have been able to make or market any car in Japan but for the Renault-Nissan merger. Given the Japanese protectionist policy and renewed nationalism, you will not find many Hyundai, KIA, or Tata in Japan. As for Chinese cars in Japan, good luck!