Mitsubishi rolls out new electric car in Hong Kong

May 20, 2010
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV (Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle) is displayed during the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2008. Japan's Mitsubishi Motors unveiled its i-MiEV electric car in Hong Kong on Thursday, its first foreign launch of the vehicle as competition accelerates in the clean-energy auto sector.

Japan's Mitsubishi Motors unveiled its i-MiEV electric car in Hong Kong on Thursday, its first foreign launch of the vehicle as competition accelerates in the clean-energy auto sector.

The compact car will go on sale in the glitzy, densely packed former British colony from Friday priced at 395,000 Hong Kong dollars (50,000 US dollars).

The company aims to sell 50 of the hi-tech vehicles in Hong Kong by the end of the year, as it reaches out to a wider market.

Mitsubishi "has been conducting fleet testing in countries and other areas all over the globe and plans to launch left-hand drive i-MiEVs in Europe from the end of this year," it said in a statement.

The electric car market has been held back by criticisms about such vehicles' performance, high cost and the absence of re-charging stations.

But breakthroughs in the development of long-lasting lithium-ion batteries have lowered the cost of and increased their range and speed.

Mitsubishi sold about 1,400 i-MiEV's to Japanese municipalities and companies last year, with sales to individuals starting last month, the automaker said.

EU Auto Technology, developer of Hong Kong's first homegrown electric vehicle, the MyCar, said Monday that it planned to sell the automobile in the United States from next year.

Also this week, Japanese carmaker Nissan announced that its Leaf electric car would be sold in Europe for under 30,000 euros (37,000 dollars) after various government incentives.

Last month, luxury carmaker BMW said it planned to launch its first all-electric urban vehicle in 2013, two years earlier than planned, with rivals Daimler and Volkswagen also jumping into the market.

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fixer
not rated yet May 20, 2010
Mitsubishi rolls out new electric car in Hong Kong.

They should have charged the batteries then they could have driven it out!
Who wrote that headline, the same twirp who deletes our posts as "pointless verbiage"?

When are GM going to release the EV1 again?
Husky
not rated yet May 21, 2010
high cost! if the electric cars is going to have any significant green impact than retail price must come done a lot more to make it a mass appealing product, maybe if tata introduced an electric nano, i mean they sell there nano for 2500 euro, i doubt an electric nano would have to cost 25.000 euros, maybe 6000 ??? wich would make it available/appealing to a broad base of consumers
Duude
1 / 5 (1) May 22, 2010
Has a range of 100 miles if only one small chinese man is the lone occupant and sells for $50,000 US dollars. That's fine for those with plenty of disposable (heavy emphasis on disposable) income. I mean how much can one spend on useless consumption anyway?

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