Hawaii to Start Selling Mitsubishi i EV in November 2011

By Automotive Staff | April 25, 2011
If you’re an electric vehicle fan but the Nissan LEAF just doesn’t charge you up, Mitsubishi has released purchasing information on its EV, the 2012 Mitsubishi i. You’ll have to schedule a flight to Hawaii, though, to pick up your EV. Consumers across America were able to place a $299 reservation on the 2012 i beginning last week, but those who call the Aloha State home will take delivery of their vehicles far sooner than customers living in other parts of the country. Hawaiian deliveries will kick off in November, shortly before consumers in California, Washington, and Oregon receive there is. The i will arrive in the northeastern corridor by March of 2011, and the remainder of the country before the end of 2012. As we reported last week, pricing for the U.S.-spec i will start at $27,990. Depending on your perspective, the $7500 Federal tax credit could whittle that figure down to $20,490. Hawaiians have additional cash placed on the hood: in addition to the state’s own $4500 tax rebate, Mitsubishi announced it will waive the $99 home inspection fee (required to ensure your electrical supply can handle repeated charging cycles) for the first 2000 customers that place a deposit. Full press release can be found below. Even without the government-backed spiffs, the i price tag may be attractive to EV shoppers, considering Nissan’s Leaf starts at $32,780 before tax rebates come into play.
Fri, Apr 22, 2011 - HONOLULU - Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) has selected Hawaii to be the first state to receive the North American version of the company's groundbreaking 100% electric-powered Mitsubishi i production vehicle beginning in November of this year. With a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $27,990 for the base ES model, Hawaiian citizens can take advantage of their tropical state's clean energy rebate of $4,500 toward the purchase of the Mitsubishi i along with a federal tax credit of $7,500 (subject to availability of funding), reducing the EV's out-of-pocket cost to under $16,000 after rebates and credits. Beginning April 22, Hawaiian consumers will be able to reserve their own Mitsubishi i with a fully-refundable deposit of only $299.00 at the website i.MitsubishiCars.com. What's more, Mitsubishi will waive the $99.99 home electrical inspection* fee for the first 2,000 people who place a reservation and purchase this new electric vehicle. “We thank Mitsubishi Motors for choosing Hawaii as one of the first states to receive the new "i" electric car. 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 percent clean energy within a generation,” said Estrella Seese, Acting Energy Program Administrator, Hawaii State Energy Office. The Mitsubishi i will be available for licensed drivers to test drive at Cutter Mitsubishi in Aiea, Hawaii later this fall. Mitsubishi anticipates deliveries of the spacious and energy efficient 5-door 2012 Mitsubishi i to its dealership network in the western United States (specifically Hawaii, California, Oregon, and Washington) in November 2011, with entry into the northeastern market to follow by March 2012 and nationwide availability by the end of 2012. The Mitsubishi i can be charged using the onboard household charger through either 120V or 240V power sources or by a DC quick-charger system that utilizes a three-phase 220V power supply (80% charge in 30 minutes). The charging times from a very low battery to completely full are approximately 6 hours at 240V and 22.5 hours at 120V. Mitsubishi is targeting a driving range of 85 miles for the vehicle. *Home electrical system inspection is performed by Mitsubishi's affiliated trained experts to make sure that it can efficiently charge the new 100% electric-powered 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 will launch the battery electric 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. via Mitsubishi courtesy of Automobile Magazine Staff

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