It debuted in Paris and it’s also been rolling across Canada. It’s the Mitsubishi i-Miev, and as of this month, the European-spec version of this compact electric city car has begun production, along with Peugeot Citroën’s (PSA) Peugeot iOn and Citroën C-ZERO at Mitsubishi’s Mizushima Plant in Japan.
This apparently comes hot on the heels of a successful roll-out of the Japanese version of the i-MiEV last year. The new Euro-spec model will be altered to better suit European requirements, including a different front and rear bumper design, added safety features, new gear selection, and an all-new left-hand-drive dashboard. The European-spec i-MiEV will also achieve a cruising range of 150km (93 miles) on a single charge. Mitsubishi will also include models built for PSA, beginning its full-fledged export of these cars.
At a ceremony at the Mizushima Plant commemorating the start of production, Mistubishi President Osamu Masuko said, in a statement, “It has been 100 years since mass production of internal combustion-engine cars began. We have taken the first step into the next 100 years of the automobile with the i-MiEV. Today, we take the second step with production for the European market on the way to global rollout of electric vehicles. This is a big step for the automobile industry and at the same time signifies the beginning of e-mobility for Europe.”
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