If you enter Mitsubishi Germany webpage and go to the i-MiEV’s dedicated page this is what you’ll read:
“ELECTRIC VEHICLE – CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE SORRY.”
The most likely reason is because Nissan and Mitsubishi have been working since 2014 in a cheaper electric car and now that Nissan controls Mitsubishi it’s time to release it.
Even If I think that a new and cheaper electric car is great news I don’t think it’s a good idea to stop selling the only 100 % electric car that Mitsubishi sells. Not until the new model arrives.
Years ago I thought that Mitsubishi would be one of the few traditional automakers that could overcome the transition to electric cars and actually come on top. Mitsubishi is a small company that could rapidly replace its fleet of gas burning cars with electric cars. The electric cars were a big missed opportunity for Mitsubishi to become a major automaker. They even followed Volkswagen’s bad example and got caught cheating emissions tests.
Meanwhile electric cars got small improvements, especially in their batteries but the spartan Mitsubishi i-MiEV remained mostly the same since its introduction in 2009. Actually the batteries got better lifespan with the improved GS Yuasa LEV50N cells, but the capacity was kept the same. Newer LEV75 cells were used in the electric cargo vans that Mitsubishi builds for the PSA group, but unfortunately were never used to upgrade the MiEV’s battery.
The Mitsubishi CA-MiEV concept unveiled in 2013 with its advertised 80 kW motor, 28 kWh battery and 300 km range is still just a project. Let’s hope that Nissan’s resources can push the electric car with the Mitsubishi brand.
The battery improvements achieved by GS Yuasa have been disappointing. GS Yuasa will probably be replaced as a cell supplier for future electric cars made by Mitsubishi. LG Chem is surely interested in taking its place.
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