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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.

Good news! Mitsubishi Motor Company is finally ready to follow up its i-MiEV (sold simply as the "i" here in the U.S.) with a second all-electric offering. The 8th of December will see the Minicab-MiEV hit dealerships across Japan in both 100-km (62-mile) and 150-km (93-mile) flavors with an MSRP ranging from ¥2,400,000 to ¥2,971,000 ($30,870 to $38,210 U.S. at today's exchange rates). Figure in the Japanese eco-car subsidy, and the price for consumers gets knocked down to about ¥1,7

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.

The Minicab MiEV, one of the eight new plug-in vehicles Mitsubishi will be dishing out over the next few years, is to be powered by Toshiba's SCiB battery. The two companies had announced they would be working together last summer, in part to aid quicker development of the fast-charging, long lasting battery tech.