Mitsubishi taking orders for Minicab MiEV in Japan

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.S.)

Powered by Toshiba's SCiB lithium-ion battery technology, the Minicab MiEV boasts a range of 100 kilometers (62 miles) with the 10 kWh pack and 150 km (93 miles) with the optional 16 kWh unit. Apparently, Mitsubishi was drawn to Toshiba's SCiB tech for its low cost, long life expectancy and quick-charging capability. The Japanese automaker aims to sell or lease 10,000 of the electrified Minicabs per year in its home market. The commercial electric van is slated to hit dealerships in Japan toward the end of 2011.

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Mitsubishi Motors Starts Taking Orders for MINICAB-MiEV Commercial Mini EV

Tokyo, April 1, 2011 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation today began taking orders at MMC's dealerships throughout Japan for the MINICAB-MiEV commercial mini EV that is planned to go on sale toward the end of the year.

Derived from the MINICAB VAN commercial mini vehicle, MINICAB-MiEV follows the i-MiEV as the company's second new-generation EV. MINICAB-MiEV is being developed to make maximum use of the technologies and knowhow gained from the development of i-MiEV in delivering the practical utility and driving performance demanded of a commercial vehicle. Reliability, durability and cost performance are also priority areas. The vehicle started a fleet testing program with Yamato Transport Co., Ltd. in October 2010 designed to verify its practical utility.

MINICAB-MiEV is planned to be offered with a choice of two battery sizes*1 to meet different customer needs.

With government incentives, trial calculations indicate that MINICAB-MiEV will come with a customer's net price from around 1,700,000 yen and from around 2,050,000 yen for the 10.5 kWh and the 16.0 kWh battery versions respectively. The calculations are premised on Japanese government's eco-car incentive program continuing in the 2011 fiscal year and unchanged in detail from fiscal 2010. As with the i-MiEV, MINICAB-MiEV will be sold on both a maintenance lease *2 and a cash basis.

*1: 10.5 kWh (giving a range of around 100 km/charge under JC08 mode conditions) and 16.0 kWh (range of around 150km)
*2: A lease in which the monthly payments include some of the taxes, insurance and maintenance costs.

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