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Sending an all-electric vehicle up Pikes Peak is not new – a Nissan Leaf and a custom EV from AC Propulsion made the climb in 2011 – but that shouldn't stop anyone from trying to reach the 14,110-foot height in Colorado better, faster and in a cooler car.

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Sending an all-electric vehicle up Pikes Peak is not new – a Nissan Leaf and a custom EV from AC Propulsion made the climb in 2011 – but that shouldn't stop anyone from trying to reach the 14,110-foot height in Colorado better, faster and in a cooler car.

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For the first time in ages, the Honda Civic Natural Gas is not the "greenest" car in the U.S. This year, it's the Mitsubishi i. At least, it is according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which takes it upon itself to rank these sorts of things.

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The 2012 Mitsubishi i will be available nationwide earlier than once expected, and the first bit of expanded availability can be seen with the delivery of six of the electric vehicles in Normal, IL. These are the first of the little hatchbacks that have made it to the U.S. outside of the vehicle's initial markets of America's West Coast states (excluding Alaska) and Hawaii.

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Making the first all-electric i in the U.S. even more efficient by offering it to lots of drivers, Mitsubishi has delivered an i to City CarShare in the Bay Area. Similar to Zipcar but with a local emphasis, City CarShare is a Bay Area nonprofit that has been arranging car-shares in and around San Francisco since 2001. Adding an i to the fleet puts CCS, "one step closer toward our goal of having 50 percent of our fleet run on alternative fuel as part of our mission to decrease carbon emissions i

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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

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The Minicab MiEV, one of eight plug-in vehicles that Mitsubishi intends to launch by the end of 2015, is now available to order in Japan. The Minicab MiEV is an electric commercial van that's offered with a choice of either a 10.5 kWh or a 16.0 kWh Toshiba-supplied battery pack. Mitsubishi says that the 10.5 kWh version of the Minicab MiEV can be purchased for approximately 1,700,000 yen ($20,621 U.S. at the current exchange rate), while the 16.0 kWh version rings up at 2,050,000 yen ($24,867 U.

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Mitsubishi i – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Mitsubishi i – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Mitsubishi i-MiEV - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Mitsubishi Geek Squad i-MiEV – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Mitsubishi's Geek Squad i-MiEV (with PX-MiEV in foreground) - click above for high-res image gallery

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Mitsubishi i-MiEV – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Citroen C-Zero - click above for high res image gallery

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Citroen C-Zero - click above for high res image gallery

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Mitsubishi i MiEV on CarPool - Click above to watch video after the jump

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The Peugeot lion won't be the only badge burnishing the snouts of re-branded Mitsubishi i MiEVs buzzing around the streets of European cities a little more than a year from now. It's been decided that the twin chrome chevrons of Citroën are as worthy as its sister emblem to adorn a Francified variant of the Japanese automaker's global version of the i MiEV. In Paris, over what we imagine was green tea and croissants, Osamu Masuko of MiMoCo and his CEO equivalent at PSA Peugeot Citroën,

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Mitsubishi i MiEV - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Mitsubishi i MiEV - Click above for high-res image gallery

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2010 Mitsubishi i MiEV - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Mitsubishi i MiEV - click above for high-res image gallery

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