Mitsubishi's all-electric i MiEV may arrive earlier than expected

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The last time I wrote about Mitsubishi's upcoming electric vehicle, the i MiEV, we were discussing just how bullish the automaker is on this EV. Still, all that enthusiasm was telling us that the i MiEV would come to dealers in 2010. Now, Automotive News' Kathy Jackson reports (subs req'd) that the i MiEV's release date in Japan might be moved up to 2009, with 1,000 vehicles possibly ready for sale at €17,000 ($24,800US) that year. This possible change comes courtesy of Mitsubishi President Osamu Masuko, so let's not discount it quickly. He told Jackson that "We are making preparations at the moment to accelerate" the on-sale date. As previously mentioned, the i MiEV will come to Europe and possibly the U.S. after its Japan debut. Bullish, indeed. A car like this can't come soon enough.


[Source: Automotive News]

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