Honolulu, Hawaii – Mitsubishi has chosen Hawaii to be the first in North America to receive the all-electric Mitsubishi i production vehicle.

The new model will be available in the state beginning in November of this year.

It will go on sale for US$27,990 for the base ES model, with customers eligible for a state rebate of $4,500 and federal tax credit of $7,500.

“We thank Mitsubishi Motors for choosing Hawaii as one of the first states to receive the new ‘i’ electric car,” said Estrella Seese, acting energy program administrator for the Hawaii State Energy Office. “Electric vehicles use a fraction of the fuel needed by traditional cars, so each EV on the road means we’re reducing our dependence on imported oil and increasing our ability to reach Hawaii’s goal of 70 per cent clean energy within a generation.”

Mitsubishi expects the ‘i’ to go on sale in California, Oregon and Washington by November, with entry into the northeastern market by March 2012 and nationwide availability by the end of 2012.

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