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.