A number of electric cars are in the hands of power companies and government agencies or placed with private individuals for evaluation by their makers, but Mitsubishi becomes the second major manufacturer to put its reputation on the line with retail sales of a pure battery-electric car to ordinary people.
After selling its first civilian Mitsubishi i to Bryson and Bridget Nishimura of Waipahu, Hawaii, Hawaii—“ It’s going to be so good for the earth” said Mrs. Nishimura—the first is (what should be the plural of “i”?) have been sold to private individuals on the mainland.
John and Jean Malanaphy of Santa Monica, California; Paul Wasson of Tigard, Oregon; and Roger Saint John of Lake Tapps, Washington were the first in line for the Mitsubishi i in their respective states.
The Mitsubishi i is currently available in the three Pacific coast states, but Mitsubishi plans to have the i available “across much of the United Sates” by this summer.
The Mitsubishi i, whose name is sure to create difficulties at the department of motor vehicles as well as being autocorrected to “I” by Microsoft Word, will be priced at $29,125 MSRP for the i ES less $7500 federal tax credit for a net $21,625, The better-equipped SE sells for $31,125 MSRP less $7500 federal tax credit for a $23,625 after tax credit price.
The Mitsubishi i has an EPA “real world” rating of 62 miles/charge and comes with an 8-year/100,000 mile battery warranty.
The only other full battery-electric car available for retail purchase in the U.S. is the Nissan Leaf. http://carbuzzard.com/2011/08/2011-nissa-leaf-car-review-be-leaf/