Mitsu slashes electric city car prices  20 | 08 | 2010

    Four months before the first cars hit the Scots streets, Mitsubishi Motors UK has slashed £10,000 from the original price tag for its i-MiEV electric city car; it'll now set you back £23,690, that's once the Government's low carbon vehicle £5,000 incentive is deducted from the retail price of £28,690. According to Mitsubishi, the price realignment signals Mitsubishi Motors’ global intentions to remain first in the promotion and establishment of the early electric vehicle market.

    “The i-MiEV will remain first in all respects," Lance Bradley, Mitsubishi Motors UK’s managing director, said: "We have been first in almost every aspect of the UK’s EV market for the last 2 to 3 years and we’re not going to give up that position easily. 

    "The electric vehicle is now a reality, with all our cars being European Whole Type Vehicle Approved. With a Mitsubishi Motors electric vehicle, customers need not compromise in any area. What's more, our car is perfect for urban driving. It has been designed deliberately as a small, compact, true city car with the ability to nip in and out of traffic and park in the tightest of spaces.”

    Since full production started in July 2009, more than 2300 i-MiEVs have been operating on Japanese roads. Deliveries for Scottish buyers begin on January 1. The vehicle has been on trial in Birmingham and Coventry in the UK, where users' average daily mileage has been just 23 miles, well within the car's 90 mile range. Mitsubishi claims i-MiEV users will incur only £144 fuel costs for 12,000 miles of driving (calculated at £0.96 pence for a full charge – 16kW at an average of 6p per kW).

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