Mitsubishi will axe the i-MiEV but will launch a trio of new or updated crossovers in the US before the end of the decade with EV or PHEV variants.
Mitsubishi I Miev
Mitsubishi is issuing a recall for the 2010-2014 i-MiEV that affects 1,810 units of the little electric car, because it's possible for the brake vacuum pump to stop working. If this happens, the result would be longer stopping distances, according to the company. The affected models were built between September 15, 2009, and March 25, 2014.
Preparing for next month's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Mitsubishi – the presenting sponsor of this year's PPIHC – has unveiled its entrant for the race: the all-electric MiEV Evolution II. Building off last year's MiEV-inspired entrant, the Evolution II has received numerous improvements, including a more powerful electric drive system, a lower center of gravity and even a more traditional racecar look. Driving a pair of MiEV Evolution II models this year will be Hiroshi Mas
As anyone who's suffered through an extended blackout can tell you, electric power can be a precious commodity. With the advent of electric cars comes the ability to borrow back some of the energy stored in traction batteries to help deal with emergencies or other situations.
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.
Late last year, Hertz announced its by-the-hour plug-in car rental program. The list of available (or soon-to-be-available) vehicles is exhaustive and includes the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Tesla Roadster, Smart ED and Coda Sedan. The first of the plug-ins hit Hertz' New York City rental lots back on December 15th.
After years of waiting, the Mitsubishi i MiEV is finally going to cross the Pacific Ocean and go on sale this upcoming February. In Costa Rica. What? Doesn't that make total sense to you? Yeah, it's not the biggest automotive market in the Americas but, to Costa Rica's credit, it has been considered by some the "greenest" country on the planet. Apparently, a Costa Rican's average environmental footprint is only about a quarter of a typical American's and the country has demonstrated its concern
If testing out the newest electric vehicles is high on your list of priorities, then perhaps you should check out Hertz's by-the-hour plug-in car rental program. Hertz is willing to bet that curious consumers will flock to their lots for some extended drive time in a plug-in vehicle and has thus decided to make the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Tesla Roadster, Smart ED and Coda Sedan available for rent through its Connect by Hertz program.
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
2Will they, won't they? Mitsubishi denies plan to partner with LG Chem for advanced li-ion batteries
GS Yuasa, Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Motors launched a joint venture (JV) back in 2007 to manufacture lithium-ion batteries for the i-MiEV. Those batteries have been produced and the vehicle, that diminutive i-MiEV, is now available for purchase in some countries. While Mitsubishi's battery-powered plans may have began with the i-MiEV, the company's future is filled with more electric dreams.
40Report: Epic fail? Mitsubishi i-MiEV gets it charge from diesel generator during cross-Canada tour * UPDATE
Cruising down the Trans Canada Highway, a sharp-eyed Reddit user (nupogodi) noticed an unusual sight: a Mitsubishi i-MiEV pulled off to the side of the road. This particular vehicle was engaged in the Clean Across Canada tour, a cross-country trip designed to showcase the i-MiEVs abilities. The i-MiEV, tailed by a large gasoline-powered pickup truck, was parked for a much-needed charge. But rather than being docked at a charging station, as we might expect it to be, this i-MiEV received its elec