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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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    Mitsubishi finds cause of plug-in battery problems, will recall and fix soon
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    Mitsubishi has found the cause of lithium-ion battery problems that caused the Japanese automaker to halt production on its Outlander Plug-in Hybrid in Japan last month. The batteries, which are made by Lithium Energy Japan, are short circuiting from a screening process that infected the batteries with contaminants. That screening process has been ...

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    Mitsubishi halts production of i-MiEV, Outlander PHEV after two plug-in car fires
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    Last week was a rough one for Mitsubishi and its efforts to broaden its appeal among potential plug-in vehicle buyers. Two fires caused the Japanese automaker to halt production of both the Outlander plug-in hybrid and a version of the all-electric i-MiEV. The two separate incidents – both in Japan – involved plug-in vehicle battery-pack fires ...

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    Official: Mitsubishi previews diesel hybrid pickup concept, next-gen EV for Geneva
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    Mitsubishi has a long history of tidy little pickup trucks, and the Japanese automaker is apparently looking to extend that heritage in a bolder, bigger way with the Concept GR-HEV, a "sport utility hybrid truck." The future-think show star, slated to be unveiled at next month's Geneva Motor Show, is actually tipped to be a much larger effort – ...

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    Mitsubishi recalling 14,700 i-MiEV, iON, C-Zero electric vehicles [UPDATE]
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    In what is likely the largest EV recall ever, Mitsubishi is recalling about 14,700 electric vehicles worldwide because of a braking issue, Reuters reports. Of the recalled vehicles, about 12,300 are i-MiEVs while 2,400 are Minicab-MiEVs. About 9,000 vehicles are in Europe, and some are badged as PSA Peugeot iON and Citroen C-Zero models, says Reuters. ...

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    Report: Consumer Reports: Ford Fusion fun but flawed; Mitsubishi i-MiEV slow, chintzy [w/videos]
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    Waiting for a Ford compliment from Consumer Reports these days is like waiting for a low-cost new product from Apple. So we weren't really expecting a glowing review of the 2013 Ford Fusion when CR got its hands on the car. The institute's crew bought three different versions of the Fusion (Hybrid, 1.6-liter EcoBoost and a Titanium with the 2.0-liter ...

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    Mitsubishi i available for just $69 a month in this outrageous lease
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    O'Brien Mitsubishi, based in Normal, IL, is offering something way outside the norm: an absurdly low lease price – the cheapest we've ever seen – for on an electric vehicle. AutoblogGreen reader Josh K. could hardly believe what he saw when driving by a rotating banner advertising the a Mitsubishi i-MiEV recently: $69 a month for 24 months. ...

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    Featured: These are your top 10 worst-selling vehicles of 2012
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    Despite 2012 being the best year of auto sales this country has seen since 2007, not every vehicle got an equally large share of the sales pie. Some barely got a sliver, as evidenced by this year's list of the top 10 worst-selling vehicles of 2012. We've dug through sales data from every automaker to come up with this year's list and, like last year, ...

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    Mitsubishi, USC partner on smart grid study with 12 i electric vehicles
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    Trying to do its part to enhance both the smart grid and public safety, Mitsubishi announced last week it will support a smart grid demo project at the University of Southern California (USC) and its Viterbi School of Engineering. Mitsubishi will provide USC with 12 all-electric i vehicles to be used on campus and around the LA basin. Part of the ...

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    Report: Mitsubishi boss confirms new Mirage for US; i EV enduring dismal sales
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    By March, Mitsubishi expects to have sold just 55,000 cars in the US this fiscal year. That's a tiny sum – by comparison, Honda has sold over 276,000 Civic models thus far this year – and that's just one vehicle, not an entire brand. Mitsubishi president Osamu Masuko recognizes this is not a tenable position, and he's hoping the company ...

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    Oregon dealer prices Mitsubishi i below new Smart EV
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    More seats, fewer dollars. That's what one Mitsubishi dealer in Oregon is advertising after cutting the price of one of its Mitsubishi i electric vehicles by more than $5,000. Town & Country Mitsubishi near Portland is advertising what was once the cheapest mass-produced EV in the U.S. at $24,900, according to Green Car Reports. That's about $850 ...

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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 follows colleagues by taking a painfully slow approach with hybrids and EVs
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    While it's no big surprise, there does seem to be wide disparity between what automakers publicly state about supporting hybrids and electric vehicles, and what they actually deliver. One example is Ford Chairman Bill Ford, who's been evangelizing electrification for Ford's future for a while (see video below and read this for just one example), but then ...

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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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    Alt-fuel vehicle sales slowed in July as EV demand stalls
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    U.S. sales of advanced-powertrain vehicles in July had their slowest year-over-year growth rate in three months, and below-peak gas prices may be putting domestic consumers in a little less of a frenzy when it comes to lowering their refueling bills. Additionally, electric-vehicle sales stalled, another small indication that the American public remains ...

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    Discovery takes a look at the Mitsubishi i
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    It ain't Yosemite or shark attacks, but we'll take it. The Discovery Channel has turned its attention to the evolution of the Mitsubishi i electric vehicle. The channel will run an episode titled 'Birth of a Mitsubishi i-MiEV' on August 4. The show, which is promo'd in the awful short video below (just 15 seconds), will run in Canada, though no word on ...

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    Electric Odyssey Citroen C-Zero happily cruising through Asia
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    It's the little EV that could. The car in question here is an all-electric Citroen C-Zero (a rebadged Mitsubishi i-MiEV) that two French engineers, Xavier Degon and Antonin Guy, are driving around the world, making it to China earlier this month. When we looked in on the Electric Odyssey in April, the drivers were in the Rockies. They started in ...

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    June alt-fuel sales double year-earlier figures on Prius surge
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    Alt-fuel vehicle sales across all automakers in June more than doubled from a year earlier. The Prius may be better associated with soft-pedaling drivers, but June showed us that the world's best-selling hybrid is figuratively smoking its tires when it comes to getting some distance from a brutal 2011, lifting all U.S. alt-fuel sales figures as a ...

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    Mitsubishi i gets four stars from NHTSA; leases start at $249 a month
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    Hmmm, 12 fewer miles of range or $40 more bucks a month? That's the simplified argument new EV customers now face following Mitsubishi's decision to start making its i electric vehicle available for lease. The Japanese automaker, which introduced what's known as the i-MiEV overseas to the U.S. late last year, reached an agreement for Ally Financial to ...

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    Ultra-cheap Citroen C-Zero electric car 'sells out' in 24 hours *UPDATE
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    Price an electric vehicle right, and they'll beat a path to your door. That statement was proved in spades by Citroen last week when the French automaker made 200 C-Zero battery-electric vehicles available for 23-month, 20,000 kilometers (about 12,500 miles) leases for the low, low price of 90 euros a month ($112 U.S. at today's exchange rates). The 200 ...

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