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Review: 2010 Mitsubishi i-MiEV (JDM)

A Bubbly EV For The Road Ahead There's an interesting realization that occurs when you drive an electric car. After all, EVs act just like normal vehicles powered by an internal combustion engine, they're just a bit quieter and you can't drive for great distances at a time. But as you travel along in an EV, you pass by gas station after gas station and it finally sets in – your car has rendered the fuel pump obsolete. Gas stations to EV owners are nothing more than places to buy cheap coffee and cigarettes. As we work to further saturate our automotive landscape with... Read More

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    Report: Mitsubishi turning Montero into crossover, Outlander Sport may get PHEV variant
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    Mitsubishi is getting more and more forthcoming about its plans for the US market. Among the tidbits revealed during a chat with Edmunds at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, MMNA Executive Vice President Don Swearingen said that "We are committed to huge investments in capital as well as huge investments in R&D." The marquee product of that investment could ...

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    Official: The 100,000th EV sold in the US is... a Mitsubishi i-MiEV
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    The news here isn't that 100,000 EVs have been sold in the US, although that's quite the accomplishment. It's that the 100,000th car is a Mitsubishi i-MiEV – a car that takes nearly a full day to recharge on a standard outlet and can only travel about 62 miles per charge (according to the car's Monroney). Jabs at the Mitsubishi aside, the fact that ...

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    Pikes Peak results show EV prowess in record-setting year
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    With a newly paved path up the mountain, it's no surprise the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb finished with some new records in the books. Overall winner Sébastien Loeb had an impressive record-setting time of 8:13.878, but the electric class didn't disappoint, either. After all, EVs have the potential to outperform their gas-powered ...

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    50 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs coming to Bay Area fleets
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    "Do you know the way to San Jose?" Dionne Warwick famously crooned. Well Mitsubishi sure does. The Japanese automaker got some much-needed movement on sales of its all-electric i (known overseas as the i-MiEV) by cutting lease deal for 50 of the EVs for a quartet of San Francisco Bay Area city governments. San Jose is getting 38 of the EVs, while the ...

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    Official: Mitsubishi i-MiEV recalled for air bag safety issue
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    A minor but important problem with the sensors in the self-diagnostic software used by the Safety Restraint System (SRS) system in some Mitsubishi i-MiEV models has led to a recall notice from Transport Canada and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall affects 49 vehicles in Canada and 261 in the States. According to NHTSA, ...

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    Mitsubishi "temporarily suspends" making electric Peugeot Ion, Citroen C-Zero
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    Despite some popular deals available for limited times and long-distance adventures, the Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot Ion were never big sellers. Now, Mitsubishi has decided that it's not worth it to build the electric vehicles for PSA any more. Automotive News reports that overall slow sales of the two electric cars – for the first half of 2012, 852 ...

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    Mitsubishi i-MiEV recalled in Canada for air bag safety issue *UPDATE (now in U.S., too)
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    A minor but important problem with the sensors in the self-diagnostic software used by the Safety Restraint System (SRS) system in some Mitsubishi i-MiEV models in Canada has led to a recall notice from Transport Canada. The recall only affects 49 vehicles and is important because the manfunction can cause the airbags to not work. Specifically, since the ...

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    Reevaluating the Mitsubishi i-MiEV in context, at home
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    An affordable, semi-practical, entry-level EV I've driven a fair number of electrics over the last couple decades, beginning with General Motors' bullet-shaped 1991 Impact concept car and continuing through a progression of Geo Storm-based mules, prototype and production EV1s with both lead-acid and later range-doubling Ni-MH battery packs. And since ...

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    Mitsubishi bumps up nationwide release of its i electric vehicle
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    Mitsubishi has officially confirmed that its i electric vehicle will be for sale nationwide by summer 2012 and will be available for test drives across the country in March, as the Japanese automaker looks to bump up the car's nationwide debut in response to better-than-expected consumer interest. The company also sold 76 i vehicles in the U.S. last ...

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    Mitsubishi begins deliveries of 500-unit i-MiEV order in Estonia
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    Even though the Mitsubishi i hasn't gone on sale in the U.S., the bubbly little electric car has been selling for years in Japan and is already on sale in Europe (where it is a different vehicle known as the i-MiEV). In fact, Mitsubishi recently began deliveries of its largest order yet: 507 i-MiEVs were purchased by the government of Estonia in a deal ...

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    Plug-in vehicles not selling well in the UK
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    Despite the UK's £5,000 plug-in vehicle rebate ($7,904 U.S. at today's exchange rate), 2011 will not be the year "the electric car took off," according to The Guardian. Recently released data shows that sales of plug-in vehicles in the UK have stalled, with only 106 electric vehicles sold there during the third quarter of 2011. That's a significant ...

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    MItsubishi, WiTricity ink wireless charging deal
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    Mitsubishi Motors has teamed with Boston-based WiTricity and Japan's IHI Corporation to research and develop a program designed to make wireless charging a reality for plug-in vehicle owners. It's hoped that the collaboration will advance the development of a real-world wireless charging solutions, which Mitsubishi claims will make recharging electric ...

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    Estonian government offiicials not exactly gung-ho over Mitsubishi i-MiEV
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    The Republic of Estonia kicked off its drive to lead the world in plug-in vehicles (on a per capita basis, anyway) by inking a deal that had Mitsubishi ship 507 i-MiEVs over to the northern European state in exchange for ten million CO2 credits. In addition, Estonia would install approximately 50 quick-charge stations, allowing the i-MiEV and most other ...

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    Mitsubishi signs electric vehicle MOU with region in Russia
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    Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, along with Rolf Import, MMC's exclusive Russian distributor, and the Government of Russia's Kaluga Region signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that calls for the three parties to collaborate on several projects aimed at improving the natural environment of the Kaluga Region. This MoU includes promotion of electric ...

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    Nissan, Mitsubishi working together on electric vehicle-to-home standards
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    Following the quake in Japan, Nissan announced that its goal is not "becoming a [zero-emissions] car provider, but a creator of ZE society by taking a comprehensive ZE approach." To that end, Nissan unveiled its Leaf-to-home electricity system. And it's not stopping there. Teaming up with Mitsubishi, Nissan aims to standardize a device that enables ...

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    Enterprise both gung-ho and hesitant about electric vehicles
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    Enterprise-Rent-a-Car claims that it's the first rental agency in the U.S. to offer the Chevrolet Volt and that is has already introduced electric vehicles in Southern California, Texas, Tennessee, Hawaii, New York, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle. Just last month, Enterprise launched a 12-month electric vehicle pilot project, involving eight Peugeot ...

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    X-ray image of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV reveals...
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    Ever wonder what an X-ray image of an electric vehicle would reveal? No? Well, that's okay, 'cause, honestly, neither have we. Mitsubishi must think we're dying to know what such an image would expose, though and, to that end, released an X-ray scan of its battery-powered i-MiEV. Frankly, there's just not much to see. That purplish rectangle in the ...

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    Report: Mitsubishi expects to profit on sales of plug-in vehicles in 2 years
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    How much money can you make selling a $20,000 electric car? Mitsubishi Motors thinks you can make plenty and, according to Japan's Nikkei business daily, expects its plug-in vehicles to turn a profit in two years. In the U.S., the company's i EV will cost $27,990 (or just $20,490 after the federal tax incentive is factored in). A company like Mitsubishi ...

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    Real-world results from CABLED electric vehicle trial; 81% battery is important threshold
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    Having collated and analyzed 12 months of data from electric vehicle drivers, CABLED – the UK's long-term, low-carbon vehicle trial – reveals that, among other findings, the "range of electric vehicles more than covers most users' needs, with most drivers finishing their daily journeys still with over 40 percent charge remaining." Here's a ...

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    Mitsubishi to test electric i-MiEV in Thailand
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    Mitsubishi Motors' Thai subsidiary, Mitsubishi Motors Thailand, Ltd, has agreed to start testing the electric i-MiEV with the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) and PEA ENCOM International (PEA). Back in December of 2010, Mitsubishi agreed with the government of Thailand to start a joint study for fleet testing of electric vehicles. Building on ...

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