Mitsubishi starts deliveries of the i-MiEV electric vehicle in the United States

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 12, 2011

The U.S. delivery of the i-MiEV next-generation electric vehicle has started, according to Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA), the U.S. subsidiary of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. A special ceremony took place at the Green Vehicle Showcase located in front of San Francisco City Hall Plaza on Dec. 8 to mark the first fleet delivery of the all-new 100% electric-powered 2012 Mitsubishi i. The ceremony was attended by representatives from MMNA and San Rafael Mitsubishi.

The vehicle was delivered to the California Bay Area's City CarShare, a Bay Area non-profit organization founded in 2001. This group aims to promote innovative mobility options for the improvement of the Bay Area environment as well as its quality of life.

By offering short-term access to cars, City CarShare is reducing traffic congestion, parking problems and oil reliance while promoting cleaner air and quieter streets.

A broad range of organizations throughout the U.S. have already placed fleet orders for the Mitsubishi i. These include multinational corporations, large and small municipalities, major utilities and non-profit organizations.

"We thank the Bay Area's City CarShare for being the first fleet recipient of our innovative 100% electric-powered vehicle," said Yoichi Yokozawa, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA). "City CarShare's stated goals are to help promote modes of personal transportation that help improve the environment while reducing noise pollution as well as fossil fuel dependence, so the 2012 Mitsubishi i is the perfect vehicle to help achieve this non-profit’s ambitious mission."

The new Mitsubishi-i was recognised as taking the number one spot on the list of “Fuel Economy Leaders: 2012 Model Year” (based on the EPA ranking). This procedure is considered among the governmental agency’s yearly Fuel Economy Guide.

The EPA rating shows an impressive 99 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent for hi-way driving) and 126MPGe for the city. The combined rate is at 112 miles per gallon equivalent, thus offering customers a much better alternative.

In fact, Neil Abercrombie, (the Hawaii Governor) said that with the increasing prices of gasoline, such cars bring people more choices to help them cut down on costs. Similarly, it gives them energy independence since these are the types of vehicles that suit Hawaii’s climate and also its current energy priorities.

Abercrombie also added that the City and County of Honolulu and Hawaii Electric belong to the initial batch of car buyers that will enjoy the cost-effective, highly efficient and eco friendly benefits of the Mitsubishi-i model. Aside from Hawaii, Mitsubishi has also brought the same model in other States such as Oregon, Washington and California and are already conducting a test drive for the unit. By summer 2012, we can all expect the Mitsubishi –i to be available on certified car dealers in most parts of the US. Before then, this amazing electric car will come to Hawaii by the end of December.

The Mitsubishi-i ES (entry level variant) comes with a starting price of $21,625. The premium model (SE) is priced at $23,625. So far, these are the most affordable EVs in the US. Aside from that, the Mitsubishi –i is among the brand’s innovative vehicles with alternative fuel. If there’s more to expect out of this, the same car is set to take over North America a few years from now. Let’s wait and see.

Press Release

Mitsubishi Motors Makes First Fleet Delivery of the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) to Bay Area's City CarShare

Representatives from Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA), along with San Rafael Mitsubishi, conducted the very first fleet delivery of the all-new 100% electric-powered 2012 Mitsubishi i to the California Bay Area's City CarShare in a special ceremony held at the Green Vehicle Showcase located in front of San Francisco City Hall Plaza on Thursday, December 8 at 9:00 a.m.

City CarShare is a Bay Area nonprofit organization founded in 2001 with the help of several other local nonprofits and the cities of San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. Their mission is to promote innovative mobility options to improve the environment and the quality of life in the Bay Area. By providing short-term access to cars City CarShare is reducing traffic congestion, parking problems and dependence on oil while promoting cleaner air and quieter streets.

"We are very pleased to introduce the all electric Mitsubishi i into our fleet. This vehicle brings us one step closer toward our goal of having 50% of our fleet run on alternative fuel as part of our mission to decrease carbon emissions in the Bay Area," said Rick Hutchinson, CEO, City CarShare.

Numerous fleet orders have already been placed for the innovative, environmentally-friendly and fun-to-drive Mitsubishi i by a wide variety of organizations - multinational corporations, municipalities large and small, major utilities and nonprofit organizations - from New York to Hawaii.

"We thank the Bay Area's City CarShare for being the first fleet recipient of our innovative 100% electric-powered vehicle," said Yoichi Yokozawa, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA). "City CarShare's stated goals are to help promote modes of personal transportation that help improve the environment while reducing noise pollution as well as fossil fuel dependence, so the 2012 Mitsubishi i is the perfect vehicle to help achieve this nonprofit's ambitious mission."

The 2012 Mitsubishi i is the first of several new advanced, alternative-fuel production vehicles that the Japanese auto manufacturer plans on bringing to the North American market in the next few years.

For more information about the 2012 Mitsubishi i, please visit media.mitsubishicars.com and i.mitsubishicars.com; for fleet sales information on Mitsubishi's electric vehicle please log on to mitsubishicars.com/iMiEVfleet.

More information on the Bay Area's City CarShare can be found at citycarshare.org.

About Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, finance, sales, marketing, research and development operations for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells coupes, convertibles, sedans and sport utility vehicles through a network of approximately 400 dealers. In November of 2011, MMNA launched the battery-powered electric vehicle Mitsubishi i as part of a corporate mission to offer consumers more environmentally responsible modes of transportation. This battery-powered electric vehicle technology addresses the need for vehicles that produce zero tailpipe emissions and support a growing agenda for sustainability. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.

About City CarShare

City CarShare (CCS) is a Bay Area nonprofit that provides convenient, affordable access to shared cars in order to reduce individual car ownership and usage. With a mission to improve the environment and quality of life in our cities, CCS continually strives to make their service so convenient, so reliable, and so affordable that people will prefer using a CCS car to owning their own. In doing so, CCS members are reducing traffic, parking problems, and dependence on oil-while promoting cleaner air, quieter streets, and more open space. For more information, visit www.citycarshare.org or contact Mike Harrigan at 415-970-6206, mharrigan@citycarshare.org.

Mitsubishi Motors, Governor of Hawaii and Cutter Mitsubishi Hand Over Keys to First 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Retail Customer

HONOLULU, Dec. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Representatives from Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA), along with the Honorable Neil Abercrombie, Governor of Hawaii, and personnel from Cutter Mitsubishi of Aiea, Hawaii, made the very first customer retail delivery of the 100% electric-powered 2012 Mitsubishi i featuring Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle (MiEV) technology in a formal ceremony today at the historic Hawaii State Capitol Building in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Bryson and Bridget Nishimura of Waipahu, Hawaii.

"We purchased the 2012 Mitsubishi i primarily to save on gas – we currently spend about $70.00 a week on fuel. But it should cost us only around $3.00 for a full charge of electricity – that's going to be a great savings for us! Long-term, the Mitsubishi i should save us at least $3,000 a year," said Mr. Nishimura, retired from a career with Hawaiian Telephone.

"I think the car is so cute," Mrs. Nishimura added enthusiastically. "Plus, I like that it's roomy and it's a hatchback. It's going to be so good for the earth – we're both way on board with it. And Cutter Mitsubishi has been great to work with, too."

The 2012 Mitsubishi i recently earned the #1 ranking on the EPA's list of the "Fuel Economy Leaders: 2012 Model Year" in the governmental agency's annual Fuel Economy Guide, thanks to its high EPA-rating of 126 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) in city driving/99 MPGe highway (112 MPGe combined).

"With the cost of gas still on the rise, these vehicles offer our consumers an option that will be cost-effective in the long run, and at the same time allows our state to reach its energy independence goals," Governor Neil Abercrombie stated. "In Hawaii, our climate and energy priorities make us best suited for these types of vehicles."

The City and County of Honolulu and Hawaii Electric are among the first fleet customers to take advantage of the reduced operating costs, high efficiency and environmental benefits provided by adding Mitsubishi's all-new electrical vehicle to their respective fleets in America's island paradise. Vehicle deliveries to the Hawaiian municipality and utility will occur later in the month of December.

In addition to Hawaii, the Mitsubishi i is currently rolling out in California, Washington, and Oregon where it is available for test drives at certified Mitsubishi i dealers, and the majority of the U.S. will get the vehicle by summer of 2012. With a starting net value of $21,625* for the well-equipped entry-level ES model (the premium-grade SE version begins at $23,625*), the 2012 Mitsubishi i is the most affordably-priced mass-market electric vehicle available in the United States and is the first of several new advanced, alternative-fuel production vehicles that the Japanese auto manufacturer plans on bringing to the North American market in the next few years.

For more information, please visit media.mitsubishicars.com, i.mitsubishicars.com and mitsubishicars.com/MMNA/jsp/company/fleet-welcome.do, the latter website for fleet sales information pertaining to the 2012 Mitsubishi i.

About Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, finance, sales, marketing, research and development operations for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells coupes, convertibles, sedans and sport utility vehicles through a network of approximately 400 dealers. In November of 2011, MMNA launched the battery-powered electric vehicle Mitsubishi i as part of a corporate mission to offer consumers more environmentally responsible modes of transportation. This battery-powered electric vehicle technology addresses the need for vehicles that produce zero tailpipe emissions and support a growing agenda for sustainability. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.

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