Mitsubishi i Miev concept. Click image to enlarge
Mitsubishi i Miev concept
New York, New York – Mitsubishi Motors announced today its commitment to develop the pure electric, four-passenger Mitsubishi i MiEV for global markets. Ending months of heightening speculation, Mitsubishi Motors North America President and CEO Shinichi Kurihara confirmed the i MiEV (Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle) is being developed for sale in world markets, including the United States and Canada.
“Electric vehicles are one branch of the automotive landscape and we are dedicated to providing these technology-sourced solutions as an important path for the world’s clean-air options,” explained Kurihara, who stood alongside a Left Hand Drive i MiEV during his address to journalists at the New York International Auto Show. “We believe the i MiEV delivers on the promise of sustainability, suitable range, performance, and innovative packaging and styling.”
Announced in October 2006, the i MiEV is currently involved in testing and promotional activities in Japan, New Zealand, Australia, the U.S. and Europe, and will be begin fleet sales in Japan during the summer of 2009. The company announced earlier this week that the i MiEV car will be on Canadian roads as early as November 2009 as part of a pilot project in British Columbia.