2012 Mitsubishi i Deliveries Have Started: Have You Seen One Yet?

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First Mitsubishi i Delivered To Hawaii

First Mitsubishi i Delivered To Hawaii

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Look back a year, and you’ll probably remember the hype surrounding the first 2011 Nissan Leafs and 2011 Chevrolet Volts to be delivered to retail customers in the U.S. 

For the 350 or so lucky Volt and 10 Leaf owners, it meant they were among the pioneers: the first people to own one of a new wave of mass-produced electric cars. 

Now it’s the turn of Mitsubishi, which is trickling out 2012 Mitsubishi i cars in select states. 

Earlier this month, the first production 2012 Mitsubishi i was delivered to City CarShare - a 10-year-old nonprofit car-sharing service based in San Francisco. Then just over a week ago, Mitsubishi delivered a 2012 i to its first retail customer -- Bryson and Bridget Nishimura of Waipahu, Hawaii. 

Officially ranked by the EPA as the most efficient electric car currently on sale in the U.S., the 2012 Mitsubishi i is also the the cheapest highway-capable electric car on sale, with the base-specification 2012 Mitsubishi i ES costing $29,125 before state and federal incentives

2012 Mitsubishi i

2012 Mitsubishi i

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With an EPA-approved range of 62 miles, the 2012 Mitsubishi i benefits from the same direct current rapid-charging capabilities as the 2012 Nissan Leaf, enabling it to recharge from empty to 80 percent full in around 30 minutes. 

We already know that there are already several Mitsubishi i cars on the roads of Hawaii, but what about the other states where sales of the i have already started: Oregon, Washington, California and Illinois?

We know there’s at least one in Oregon -- we drove it back in October -- and selected dealers in the five launch states should now have demonstration cars, but have you seen one yet

Perhaps you’re on the waiting list. And if you are, do you know when your car will arrive? 

Let us know in the Comments below. 


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Comments (4)
  1. I think Mitsubishi's jump for the bandwagon is a little late and they missed the train. Coming in this late in the game, and with an even worse vehicle than the Leaf or the Volt, they can't really expect the same rah, rah, rah the Volt and Leaf got...can they? Like, I'm already out of fireworks and I forgot where I left my matches.

  2. Ahh James!! trust me, the iMEV will sell. it will be $23,000 after incentives in WA State since there will be no sales tax (an additional $3,000+ benefit) for the EV purchase here. so ya, cheaper than a Prius.

  3. Who says Mitsubishi's i isn't as good a car as the Volt or Leaf, anyway? Because the i's smaller, or somehow you're saying it's cheaper because it costs less? Doesn't work that way...I own a '08 Lancer GTS and Mitsubishi builds cars right and cars that last. It would be a no-brainer to me to buy an i. And it would be a purchase of love.

  4. Mitsubishi has a rather schizophrenic appearance in the U.S. I bought my I Miev about 2 months ago at a dealer near San Diego. It has worked great, and I'm saving at least $50 a week on gas. Interestingly, I called another Mitsubishi dealer in the area with a question about long-term storage. The service manager was astonished that I already had an I. He said his dealership hasn't received any, and he knows nothing about servicing them!
    I think Mitsubishi U.S. is a large, uncoordinated organization. But, they have an electric comittment, and a world-wide presence which will allow them to prevail in spite of their clumsiness.

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