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Mitsubishi Motors launching new MINICAB-MiEV commercial electric vehicle in Japan; choice of two battery packs

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will launch the new MINICAB-MiEV minicar-class commercial electric vehicle (EV)—the second product in its EV lineup—on 8 December 2011 at dealerships throughout Japan. Depending on specification the new model will carry a pre-incentive manufacturer’s recommended retail price (MSRP) of between ¥2,400,000 and ¥2,971,000 (US$31,131 to US$38,538) consumption tax included.

Derived from the MINICAB Van minicar-class commercial vehicle, the MINICAB-MiEV has been developed maximizing the technologies and expertise gained from the development of the i-MiEV.

The MINICAB-MiEV will come with a choice of two sizes of drive battery to allow the customer to choose the cruising range best suited to his or her needs. The CD 10.5 kWh battery version provides a cruising range of 100 km (62 miles) at JC08 mode on a single charge, while the CD 16.0 kWh version takes this up to 150 km (93 miles).

With the application of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s eco-car subsidy, the final cost to the consumer for the CD 10.6 kWh and CD 16.0 kWh battery versions will be reduced to ¥1,730,000 and ¥2,020,000 (US$22,441 and US$26,202) respectively. As with the i-MiEV, the MINICAB-MiEV will be sold on a maintenance lease, credit or cash basis.

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