Mitsubishi has kicked-off production of the North American version of its i-MiEV electric vehicle (EV). Slightly larger than Japanese and European models, the North American i-Miev will be launched in Hawaii, California, Washington and Oregon from late November before being rolled-out in other parts of the United States and Canada next year.

The all-electric i-Miev is powered by a 49kW AC synchronous motor fed by a 16 kWh lithium-ion Battery. It has a top speed of around 80 mph (130 km/h) and its range is approximately 80 - 100 miles on a single charge. As well as being slightly roomier, the North America version now being produced at Mitsubishi's Mizushima Plant in Japan gets new front and rear bumpers, Active Stability Control (ASC) as standard, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and "smart" airbags that sense passengers' seating position and control deployment force accordingly. Mitsubishi says it also produces more torque (196 Nm) than it's European and Asian counterparts.

The i-Miev ES model is priced at US$29,125 ($21,625 after the $7,500 federal tax credit) and the top-spec SE version costs US$31,125 ( $23,625 after the $7,500 federal tax credit). There's also a US$2,790 "Premium package" which adds a HDD navigation system, rear camera, USB port, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and a DC quick charging port.