Mitsubishi i MiEV - click above for high-res image gallery
With the i-MiEV coming to U.S. (and Europe and Japan), it's no surprise that Mitsubishi would need plenty copies of the diminutive electric car to sell once the global plans really get rolling. We recently heard reports that the Japanese automaker was looking to produce 20,000 units a year, but now Automotive News (subs req'd) is saying that as many as 30,000 i-MiEVs will be produced each year "as early as 2013." Production will grow from 2,000 or so this year to 5,000 in 2010 and keep climbing from there. The problem with increased production is, as we heard in New York recently, the batteries. Still, making more of the electric vehicles could make the car profitable by 2013, Mitsubishi President Osamu Masuko said, according to AN. The first production versions of the i-MiEV will be available by the end of 2010.
[Source: Automotive News (subs req'd)]