The first of what is certain to be many plug-in electric cars is landing in Australia tomorrow. The much talked about Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle will see Australian shores on Friday when it arrives at the Port of Brisbane.
We must congratulate Mitsubishi for being the very first manufacturer to bring in a mass-produced full-electric car ready for sale to Australia. The historic moment will see two Mitsubishi i-MiEVs zero-emission electric cars unloaded in Brisbane
The cars will spend roughly one week with Mitsubishi engineers for testing before begining a series of pre-sale evaluations.
CarAdvice will be present at the unveiling tomorrow and will have a Review & Road test of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV in the following fortnight. We previously drove the pre-production prototype, read our Mitsubishi i-MieV review.
In other related news Mitsubishi is planning to make 100,000 of the i-MiEV electric vehicles for the Peugeot-Citroen group starting this year. The idea is 25,000 a year split equally as Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot iOn. The contract with the French runs until 2015. The more Mitsubishi i-MiEVs made the cheaper the cars will become.
However there are reports of battery bottlenecks with the Japanese giant only able to produce 9,000 electric car batteries for itself between April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011.
“This is a headache for us, because out of 9,000 we have to decide how many will be for the domestic market, how many will be exported and so forth.” Mitsubishi President Osamu Masuko told AutoNews in Geneva.
In Europe the Citroen C-Zero is expected to retail for 30,000 euro or $45,000 Australian dollars (thanks to a 5,000 euro government tax deduction).
Australia pricing and specifications are still unknown but more information will be available tomorrow.
The Nissan Leaf Electric Car will also soon make its way to Australia.