Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, on Friday has launched production of the North American version of the i-MiEV electric vehicle.
American version of i-MiEV will be made at Mitsubishi’s Mizushima Plant and will be available in Hawaii as well as the United States’ western coastal states of California, Washington, and Oregon from the end of November this year, the company said in a statment.
As expected it’s bigger — in every direction. It is 11 inches longer than the Japanese edition, to bring it to roughly the length of a Mini. It’s also 4.3 inches wider.
The basic “M” model, priced at 2.60 million yen ($34,100 with current exchange rates), will be equipped with a reduced-capacity lithium-ion battery and will travel up to 120 km (75 miles) on a single charge.
The EPA official range for the 2012 model year American “i” version is 100 kilometers (62 miles) based on the five-cycle tests using varying driving conditions and climate controls.
The advanced SE Premium edition will cost $2,790 more and will offer DC fast charging, an HDD nav system and even better entertainment/audio options.
The Japanese automaker is already selling the global version of the i – the i-MiEV – around the world, in places like Costa Rica, Japan and Europe. In December 2009 Mitsubishi began an electric vehicle trial in the UK with a fleet of 25 i-MiEVs. In March 2010, Mitsubishi announced that the i-MiEV would be sold at a price of GB£38,699