Mitsubishi switches on to the power of electricity
The trouble with electric cars is that they are expensive to buy and have a limited range so they are outside the ambit of the under-financed Green family in Eco Terrace and are alien to the high-mileage road munchers found in The Camshaft Arms.
At the Paris Show, at the end of this month and into October, Mitsubishi is launching the European specification i-MiEV, the antithesis to its roadscorching Lancer Evo model.
The i-MiEV is a fully usable four-door car, narrow enough to thread through urban snarls or mews passageways designed for horses.
This Euro version differs from early imports, with front and rear bumpers meeting EU regs, a new central stack of instruments, better passenger comfort. Importantly, active and passive safety is improved with the addition of stability control as well as side and curtain airbags, all standard equipment.
To celebrate 40 years of electric development at Mitsubishi Motors, a further display will present the 1989 Mitsubishi Minicab EV for the first time in Europe, as part of “The Incredible Collection” heritage show.
It will go on sale in 14 countries, including Britain next year, with a target price of e33,000
e35,000, less any government incentives.
COMING SOON: Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV.