Japan has been a real test market for electric vehicle ownership, especially for the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV. What have EV owners experienced in this market? While about one third are "green enthusiasts" who love the low energy costs and comfortable driving experience, another third say they're not interested in buying one again.
The Japanese duo of Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors have agreed to expand the scope of their initial "core agreement" signed in December 2010 and will do so by swapping the badges on two vehicles – the Nissan Fuga and the Mitsubishi Minicab MiEV – that are destined for sale only in Japan.
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 battery-powered rides to be charged to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes or less. There's just one problem: people don't want the i-MiEV.
Back in April, Mitsubishi made a huge deal about the comparatively low price of its all-electric i: $27,990 (which drops to $20,490 after the $7,500 tax credit is applied) for the base ES version. The SE and SE Premium were $2,000 and $4,790 more, respectively, and all those prices need another $720 destination charges tacked on. At the time, Mitsubishi spokesman Maurice Durand told AutoblogGreen that the company had tried to get the after-tax credit price of the entry-level ES under $19,990, bu
On February 25th, Mitsubishi Motors wheeled out a single battery-powered i-MiEV to celebrate the launch of its electric hatch in the Republic of Costa Rica. Sales of Mitsubishi's battery-powered vehicle will initially be restricted to fleet customers, but by offering the i-MiEV in Costa Rica, the Japanese automaker can officially claim that sales have commenced in Latin America.
Japanese electronics retailer Yamada-Denki Co., Ltd. and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that outlines plans to sell the electric i-MiEV at 17 Yamada Denki retail locations in Japan's most populated areas, including Tokyo, Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures. For Mitsubishi, the signing of the MoU provides the automaker with access to a non-conventional sales method that could expand consumer interest in battery-powered vehicles and, if all goes as plan