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Quick Spin: Mitsubishi i is a good car with a bad name

We're looking at a long, nearly straight, almost totally traffic-free downhill. We'd climbed up to the base of the Palm Springs to Idyllwild Ariel Tramway. Our goal was to see how fast Mitsubishi's tiny i could go. We're on the gas, and the teensy, turbocharged 660cc three-banger is giving us all its got. The speedometer ticks upwards, now cresting 100. In front of us is nothing but inviting tarmac. Deeper and harder we push and the numbers keep ticking up. 119, 120, 121 and then finally hitting 122. We felt we left a little on the table and could have probably achieved a terminal velocity... Read More

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    Mitsubishi i electric reservation site to be online by spring
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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 ...

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    2011 Green Car Vision Award finalists include five pure electric cars
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    The Washington Auto Show is known for its focus on policy, but it is also the site of the annual Green Car Vision Awards, the future counterpoint to Green Car Journal's Green Car Vision Award. The 2011 finalists were announced today, and the list includes: Ford Focus Electric Honda Fit EV Mitsubishi i electric vehicle Toyota RAV4 EV ...

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    LA 2010: All-electric Mitsubishi i (don't call it i-MiEV) debuts for U.S.
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    Mitsubishi has been working on electric vehicles for a long time. So much so that the car the company is now calling the "100% battery-powered Mitsubishi i for the U.S. market" was emblazoned with the words "40 years of EV development" on its back bumper when it as unveiled at the LA Auto Show today. As the sketches we saw of the widebody i hinted at, ...

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    LA 2010: all-electric Mitsubishi i - not the i-MiEV - takes the stage
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    Mitsubishi has been working on electric vehicles for a long time. So much so that the car the company is now calling the "100% battery-powered Mitsubishi i for the U.S. market" was emblazoned with the words "40 years of EV development" on its back bumper when it as unveiled at the LA Auto Show today. As the sketches we saw of the widebody i hinted at, ...

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    It's Friday: Electric cars are for Geeks?
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    Electric cars are kinda geeky. At least that seems to be the case in the minds of a sizable percentage of the American populace. That said, electric car fans shouldn't take too much offense at that notion – think cool geek with thick black-rimmed glasses and All Stars. Or, alternatively, think Nerd Herd Geek Squad. Evidence that the roving squad ...

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    Report: Mitsubishi moving to make more i-MiEVs
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    Just how many Mitsubishi i-MiEVs will be made? Not even Mitsubishi knows, apparently. Whenever we get a reported prediction number, it always goes up a bit later. For example, in the near future (2013), Mitsubishi had been planning to make 20,000 per year but that had been increased to 30,000. For the current fiscal year (2010), the number is going up, ...

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    Canada's largest electric vehicle project? Mitsubishi's 50 i-MiEVs in Boucherville
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    It doesn't take much to have the biggest electric vehicle fleet in Canada. In fact, if you can get 51 EVs together, you win. The aspiring record-holder is Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada, which is about to bring "up to 50" i-MiEV all-electric cars to the Boucherville suburb of Montreal. Mitsubishi is partnering with Hydro-Québec to bring the EVs ...

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    25 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs part of large alt car trial in UK
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    Last month, the West Midlands police department in the UK took delivery of an i-MiEV for official duties. This weekend, the first batch of cars – 25 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs – in a large fleet of electric vehicles entered the area, giving the public a taste of what the police have been enjoying for a while now. The trial fleet includes 110 ...

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    REPORT: Mitsubishi considering gasoline-engine MiEV
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    Mitsubishi already plans on selling its little MiEV electric car in the U.S. within the next 18 months, and it appears that we may get a gasoline powered version of the roomy micro car as well. Automotive News is reporting that Mitsubishi is mulling the idea of putting petrol power in charge of propulsion of some i models, giving dealers a higher volume ...

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    Mitsubishi brings i-MiEV to Vancouver, might bring gas-powered version to U.S.
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    For all the work that Mitsubishi has done selling the i-MiEV as an electric vehicle around the world – Japan, New Zealand, the UK, Europe, etc. – the car is actually a modified version of the i, a tiny kei car offered in Japan and Europe. The jellybean shape could make it to the U.S. market with not only the all-electric powertrain as an ...

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    REPORT: future Mistubishi iMiEVs could include optional range distances
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    Plans for Mitsubishi's iMiEV – deliveries start in Japan this month – continue to evolve. Mitsubishi president Osamu Masuko has said that upcoming editions of the electric jellybean (OK, he didn't call it that) could have a range of about 200 km (124 miles). That's the new target distance for Mitsubishi's future range of EVs, and is higher ...

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    Australians drive the Mitsubishi iMiEV
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    Mitsubishi recently brought its iMiEV road show down under to Australia. One reviewer who sampled the little electric four door was pleased with the driving experience but less impressed with some other aspects of the car. As we and others that have driven the iMiEV can attest, the 2,400-pound mini car has more than adequate performance from its 47 kW ...

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    VIDEO: Mitsubishi boss talks about electric car plans
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    The Wall Street Journal talked to Mitsubishi President Osamu Masuko ahead of this week's Moscow Motor Show about some of the company's recovery, its involvement in the Russian market and its plans for marketing electric vehicles. Masuko reiterated earlier announcements that the the iMiEV would go on sale in Japan next summer at a price of about $27,400. ...

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    VIDEO: Double-decker smart fortwo a little top-heavy
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    Click above to watch videoThe Smart fortwo is an adorable little transportation pod that can get two people wherever they care to go in style, but there are a lot of cheap, efficient four-seaters with more room for people and their stuff. The auto enthusiasts over at 5th Gear rectified the fortwo's apparent disadvantage by creating a smart double decker ...

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    New York 2008: The Mitsubishi i is A-OKei
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    Click image for a high-res gallery of the turbocharged Mitsubishi iI'm the resident kei car obsessive here at Autoblog. That means I'm the guy who actually thinks, "That is awesome," when he reads the (Google translated) announcement of yet another Suzuki Wagon R variant. Hell, I did two posts on the one-off Hello Kitty Mitsubishi i. Keis are cool. So, you ...

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    New York 2008: AutoblogGreen drives the Mitsubishi i MiEV (w/ VIDEO)
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Mitsuibshi i MiEV (22 photos) var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/environment/AutoblogGreen_drives_Mitsubishi_s_electric_i_the_i_MiEV'; I drive a Ford Mustang GT; I'm Autoblog's resident HUMMER aficionado; and I think my favorite car in New York this year is a Japanese-market all-electric kei car. What is going on? My ...

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    Mitsubishi kei cars "Bloom" for Japan's ladies
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    Click image for photo galleryWhen you boil away everything else, the core elements of the new "Bloom Edition" Mitsubishi kei cars are their Sakura Pink paint; light-colored, water-resistant seat fabrics; and makeup mirrors. Yes, there are other colors available, and we're sure some of the Japanese shoppers (women, specifically) who Mitsu is targeting might ...

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