Or, more correctly, the first Mitsubishi i in the US has been delivered to a retail customer – which is an interesting slip-up, considering that is the wording coming straight from Mitsubishi!
Today in Hawaii, Governor Abercrombie, and personnel from Cutter Mitsubishi of Aiea made the first delivery of the 2012 Mitsubishi i electric vehicle. The Mitsubishi i features the Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle (MiEV) technology – which gives the Mitsubishi i it’s iMiEV designation in the rest of the world.
The ceremony took place at the historic Hawaii State Capitol Building in Honolulu, and the shiny new 2012 Mitsubishi i was presented to Bryson and Bridget Nishimura.
The proud customers said they purchased the Mitsubishi i because they currently spend about $70 a week on fuel, and they will be able to charge the little Mitsubishi i for about $3. In the long term they are expecting to save about $3000 per year with the Mitsubishi i.
Plus, Bridget thinks the car is so cute, and it’s roomy. Mr. Nishimura is retired, which makes me wonder what they do that requires $70 of fuel a week – I know retirees that only refuel there vehicle once every few months, and they live on the widespread mainland!
The Governor of Hawaii is on board with offering the Mitsubishi i as an alternative fuel vehicle to the people of Hawaii – gas is on the rise, and Hawaii has many unique ways to generate renewable energy. The City of Honolul and Hawaii Electric are among the first fleet customers that will be using the Mitsubishi i electric vehicle. They will receive their 2012 Mitsubishi i Electric Vehicles later in December.
Mitsubishi ends the release by reminding customers in Washington, Oregon and California that the 2012 Mitsubishi iMiev is ready for test drives at certified Mitsubishi i dealers.