Mitsubishi i-MiEV goes on sale in Japan in July

IMiEV_060409 One of the first electric vehicles produced by a major automaker will start rolling off the assembly line in July -- but it won’t be sold in the U.S. just yet.

Mitsubishi will start selling its electric vehicle, dubbed the i-MiEV, to Japanese corporations and the Japanese government in July. After that, it will sell the vehicle in the Japanese market by April 2010. The suggested retail price for the i-MiEV is $45,000.

The i-MiEV will have an electric range of 100 miles using lithium-ion batteries, and it will take seven to 14 hours to charge.

In April, Mitsubishi confirmed its intention to sell the i-MiEV in the U.S. sometime before 2012.

Subaru has also announced plans to build an EV for around the same price as the i-MiEV, and the American firm Coda Automotive launched an electric vehicle with a similar price and range earlier this week.

With an average price of $45,000, would you be willing to buy an electric vehicle that only has a 100-mile range?

Mitsubishi i-MiEV to Electrify Japan in July (Reuters)
Mitsubishi i MiEV Electric Car Coming to U.S. (KickingTires)



How many people can afford $45,000 for a car. As much as I'd love to go "green", the cost of doing so is way out of my price range.


I'd buy a Prius and use far less than $22,000 saved for gas. Price it for about $30,000 and I'd seriously think about it.


More pricey than the GM Volt and without the tax break maybe. I think llimited range is still a killer in the U.S. The range limitor won't be so much an issue in Japan.


Just bring over the 40+mpg gas version!

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