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  • 2011 Smart electric drive  -  first drive

    For the past few years, we’ve witnessed the success of low-volume, high-priced, highway-capable electric vehicles in the Tesla Roadster. We’ve also just recently seen the advent of medium-volume, medium -priced highway-capable electric cars like the 2011 Chevy Volt and 2011 Nissan LEAF. Other manufacturers have offered electric minicars--the Think City, 2010 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, 2012 Mitsubishi "i", the Mini E, etc.--but all of these are priced higher than the Nissan LEAF, with its lease cost of just $349 per month (the purchase option most buyers will choose). We’ve...

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car at quick charging station
    Electronics Stores: The Future Electric Car Showroom?

    Are electric cars appliances? They plug in, use electricity and certainly have more computers in them than most consumers have in their entire home. But should they be sold in conventional car dealerships or somewhere else? Japanese retail chain Yamada Denki has tried to answer both questions, by...

  • First sketches for Mitsubishi’s new global small car
    Mitsubishi Previews New Global Small Car

    Mitsubishi is working on a new global small car positioned below its Colt hatchback and scheduled to enter production at a newly erected plant in Thailand in 2012. Previewed here today in these official sketches, the new global small car is expected to make its world debut in production trim at the...

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car - front - December 2008
    Are Electric Cars Coming to Your Dealer? It Depends Who You Ask

    What happens when you take a single electric car and distribute it through three different dealers in the same city? On paper we’d assume that three dealers vying for customers looking to buy the 2011 Mitsubishi i would breed healthy competition, lower prices and excellent deals...

  • U.S.-spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV
    Move Over THINK: Mitsubishi i Highest Selling Electric Car (For Now)

    A few months ago we reported that the diminutive Think City had snatched the top spot as the world’s best-selling city EV with over 2,500 vehicles now on the road. But that claim is now dwarfed by Mitsubishi, which last week celebrated the 5,000th i-Miev electric car to roll off its Japanese...

  • 2012 Mitsubishi "i" electric car, powered by MiEV, launch event at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Mitsubishi Achieves 5000 Units Of the i-MiEV

    The Mitsubishi i-MiEV has been a vehicle on the radar for quite a while now. We have reported on royalty driving it, different driving reviews and most recently the announcement at the Los Angeles Auto Show that the little four-seater vehicle will be coming to the U.S. as an...

  • 2012 Mitsubishi "i" electric car, powered by MiEV, launch event at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show

    Mitsubishi has been working on electric vehicle (EV) technology for quite a while and for there efforts are credited with the first electric car sold to be sold in volume globally. That achievement was set over 12 months ago, but Mitsubishi hasn’t stopped working. For those unfamiliar, we are talking about the Mitsubishi i-MiEV (“EYE-meev”) electric mini car. Now, Mitsubishi has announced that they will be bringing this forward looking mini car to the U.S.—however the car will have a name change. Even though i-MiEV might have been a descriptive name at the original...

  • 2012 Mitsubishi "i" electric car, powered by MiEV, launch event at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    2012 Mitsubishi 'i', Urban Electric Car: Blessing Or Curse?

    After several years of taunting and many months of speculation, the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show is finally the venue chosen for Mitsubishi to show off their U.S.-specification 'i' electric car to an expecting public. We've featured the Japanese-spec 'i' several times, as the company has shipped...

  • 2012 Mitsubishi "i" electric car, powered by MiEV, launch event at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    2010 LA Auto Show: 2012 Mitsubishi 'i' Electric Minicar

    It was the first electric car sold in volume anywhere in the world, starting more than a year ago, and now the 2012 Mitsubishi "i" is officially coming to the U.S. market. The U.S. version was unveiled on Thursday at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, though Mitsubishi provided few new details on how...

  • Mitsubishi PX-MiEV concept crossover, 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show
    2010 LA Auto Show: Mitsubishi Plug-In Hybrid SUV For 2013

    Mitsubishi rolled out the tiny "i" electric minicar (nee i-MiEV) during last week’s 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, confirming its eventual sale in the fall of 2011. But all-electric vehicles are just one avenue the Japanese automaker is investigating as it attempts to curb emissions and end the...

  • U.S.-spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV
    First Photos: 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Electric Car, U.S. Version

    First came the sketch, now come the photos. Mitsubishi has released the first official images of the U.S. version of its 2012 i-MiEV electric minicar, just a week before the car is unveiled at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. The company also released some specifications for the little i-MiEV...

  • sketch of wider, U.S.-specification 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
    Wider 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV For U.S. Market: First Sketch

    We've been waiting eagerly for more details of the modified U.S.-spec 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car. Now, Mitsubishi has started the long tease. The company tweeted a sketch this morning that shows a wider, slightly more angular i-MiEV that still preserves the now-familiar shape of the...

  • The i-MiEV Cargo

    Mitsubishi Motors were one of the first vehicle manufacturers to take the plunge and produce an electric car in significant numbers, and it seems they might become the first to do the same for light commercial vehicles, too. The company, who produce the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV microcar due to hit U.S. shores in 2012 (you can find out more in our Ultimate Reference Guide), previewed a small panel van version of the i-MiEV known as the i-MiEV Cargo concept at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. The firm subsequently confirmed it for production, and trials have recently began in Japan with the vehicles...

  • Mitsubishi i-MIEV electric car
    2010 Paris Motor Show: European-spec 2011 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

    Don't want a 2011 Chevrolet Volt or 2011 Nissan Leaf? Fear not - there are a raft of other EVs waiting in the wings to satisfy your desire for something different. If you live in the U.S. though, you'll have to wait until late 2011 to get your hands on Mitsubishi's 2012 i-MiEV. For EV fans in 14...

  • Innovative CamberTire
    Innovative Cambered Tire Helps Saves Fuel, Boost Handling

    We already know that it’s possible to curb your fuel consumption just by having your tires properly inflated, or better yet, installing a set of low rolling-resistance tires, however, soon there may be an additional avenue to look at when picking the most fuel efficient rubber for your ride. The...

  • Daihatsu Mira EV - Photo by the Japan EV Club
    What Range Anxiety? Daihatsu EV Does 623 Miles On One Charge

    Last October, Simon Hackett and Emilis Prelgauskas set a new distance record for a production battery-powered vehicle: a hugely impressive 313 miles in a 2008 Tesla Roadster. That's around 70 miles more than the EPA's rated range for the world's best -known EV. Unfortunately for them, not even a...

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car at quick charging station
    New Reports Say To Expect U.S. Mitsubishi i-MiEV in Late 2011

    Volt and Leaf Not For You, Then You Might Wait For the i-MiEV

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV
    Mitsubishi i-MiEV Could Come With Sub-$30,000 Sticker

    With any new technology there’s always a steep initial price as low supply and even lower demand play a delicate balancing act that will eventually determine whether the technology lives or dies. The same is true for electric vehicles (EVs), which are still considerably more expensive than...

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car - front - December 2008

    What happens when you're the first mainstream automaker to bring an EV to market after an eight-year absence of highway-capable, mass-produced EVs? Accolades a-plenty, lots of media attention and test-programmes worldwide. But what do you do when rival companies bring out a more versatile, more desirable model costing much less? There is one choice. Drop the price. That's the exact choice Mitsubishi has faced regarding the retail price of its all-electric four-seat 2011 i-Miev.  An electric reincarnation of the Mitsubishi i, its small gasoline powered city car, the i-Miev packs better...

  • Honda EV-N Concept EV
    Honda Remains Unconvinced of EV Future.

    Its official! Honda doesn't trust EVs. A week after Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn reiterated the company's support for electric cars along with plans to bring four EV models to market, Honda remain uncommitted about the future of Honda EVs. Honda's president of research and development, Tomohiko Kawanabe...

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    Nissan, GM Are Right to Quiz Potential Electric-Car Buyers

    Nissan has been criticized by consumers and EV owners alike for the online questionnaire that accompanies the signup process for reserving a 2011 Nissan Leaf. As part of the process, Nissan tries to ascertain if potential customers have a lifestyle compatible with the Leaf's range, recharging...

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV
    Mitsubishi Makes i MiEV Available For Lease To Japanese Customers

    Leasing May Make the Electric Vehicles More Popular In the Market

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car - front - December 2008
    2013 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Price To Be Set At $22K

    Mitsubishi Makes More News With the i-MiEV

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV
    50 i-MiEVs To Hit the Streets Of Canada In Landmark EV Rollout

    Mitsubishi Partners With Canadian Company For Real World Testing

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