Right on schedule, Southern California Edison (SCE) and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG & E) have received all-electric Mitsubishi i MiEVs to begin their testing programs with. Although the cars displayed on the LA Auto Show floor were red and white, like the one we drove earlier this year in New York, there was at least one vehicle in SCE colors cooling its heels in an garage somewhere close by. This follows the custom-paint practice the company implemented in Japan when seven different utilities received the electric Kei cars to test.
While a few lucky Japanese customers will be able to buy an i MiEV to fulfill their urban transportation needs this coming year, it may be a while before Americans get their chance. Mitsubishi exec, David Patterson told Gas 2.0 that it might only go on sale over a year and a half from now. It seems Oregon may be one of the first states to receive it if talks between that state and Mitsubishi are as successful as those held with Nissan.


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