This is different – electric vehicle after electric vehicle in the past has been delayed, delayed some more, and then postponed, and in some cases like the Aptera, they have been completely abandoned. On the other side of the coin, Mitsubishi recently announced the the nationwide rollout of the Mitsubishi i will happen by July 2012, rather than December 2012 as originally planned.
By advancing the nationwide rollout of the 2012 Mitsubishi i in the USA, Mitsubishi is hoping to better compete with the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, and the Honda Fit EV. Company President Osamu Masuko told Automotive News that the Mitsubishi i rollout will now happen by July.
The 2012 Mitsubishi i, known as the Mitsubishi i-Miev everywhere else in the world except in the US, has been for sale in Japan and parts of Europe for more than a year. Just last month, the Mitsubishi i started shipping to some parts of the West Coast of the USA. A Member on the Mitsubishi i Forum received an email from Mitsubishi on November 18th stating his Mitsubishi i was on a ship first headed to Washington and Oregon, and then to San Diego to be shipped to Hawaii.
The Nissan Leaf is now available in 30 states, with it’s nationwide rollout is to be completed by March 2012. The Ford Focus Electric just launched in 3 markets with 15 more markets coming in 2012. Meanwhile, the Honda Fit EV will come next summer to California and Oregon with other areas planned for 2013.
With the rollout of the Mitsubishi i now aimed for the Summer of 2012, the Mitsubishi i will be one of the most accessible electric vehicles in the country, and will share the spotlight with the Nissan Leaf as the only 2 electric vehicles available until 2013.
Mitsubishi is hoping to sell 10,000 Mitsubishi iMiev Electric Vehicles in 2012.
Mitsubishi’s President also mentioned that the US would get a larger electric vehicle from Mitsubishi sometime in 2013.