In an attempt to show the viability of electric vehicles, 5 time Indy 500 competitor Roger Yasukawa took to the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A second Mitsubishi i was driven by Johnny Miller, and the course was completed in 12 hours.
Mitsubishi mentioned earlier this year that it plans on having half of all of its vehicle sales be electric vehicles by the year 2020 – so it would make sense that Nissan plans on rolling out more electric vehicles.
On December 22nd, the first day of winter, Mitsubishi Motors Canada handed over the keys to a Winnipeg man – the first Mitsubishi iMiEV to be delivered to a customer in Canada.
Market surveys and test have consistently shown that the main consumer concern about electric vehicles is their range. Since heat from electricity is fairly inefficient, warming an electric vehicle can greatly affect an electric vehicles range – that’s why Mitsubishi is running a large trial of the Mitsubishi i-Miev in snowy cold Eastern Canada.
Mitsubishi Motors Canada sent out an email this morning announcing the ‘first wave’ of Mitsubishi i-Miev dealers in Canada. “We’re pleased to announce the Canadian Mitsubishi dealerships that will initially offer the i-Miev, our revolutionary zero-emissions electric car.” Apparently the dealers listed have Mitsubishi i-Miev specialists that are excited to talk about the i-Miev and … Mitsubishi Canada releases list of Mitsubishi iMiev Dealers
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!
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 … Mitsubishi is moving up it’s nationwide rollout date
Since the Mitsubishi i-Miev’s launch in Norway in January 2011, it’s maintained top spot in total sales volume of any compact vehicle, including gasoline vehicles!
It was only a matter of time before an electric vehicle manufacturer made some attempt at a throwback in time – Mitsubishi did it at the Los Angeles auto show a few weeks ago.
As previously mentioned, Mitsubishi Motors has come to an agreement with Suzuki that will see their Minicab MiEV van being sold under the Suzuki name as early as February 2012. Mitsubishi made the partnership in order to help lower overall costs on the i-Miev and Minicab MiEV due to economies of scale.