February 13, 2009 Mitsubishi appears to be getting very close to releasing its i MIEV electric car in Europe. Just a fortnight ago we ran the news that the i MiEV SPORT AIR concept would debut at the 79th Geneva International Motor Show on March 3. Now comes the late news that another prototype i MiEV will also debut at the Geneva Palexpo complex, that it will have left-hand drive, the wider track and longer overhangs of a European specification and that feasibility testing in Europe is already underway.
While Mitsubishi claims no final decision has been made yet as to whether or when the car will be launched, our money is on the iMIEV getting the green light very soon. It is currently involved in testing and promotional activities in Japan, New Zealand, the United States and Europe, and the fanfare for a series of concept cars being rolled out around the world is unprecedented. On top of that, the car will be launched in Japan during the summer of 2009.
We're very keen on this car – it offers very sporting performance and juices up overnight at a domestic power socket. Very keen!