Mitsubishi to Launch Electric Mini Truck in 2012
According to Reuters, Mitsubishi Motors is developing an electric mini truck, potentially its third vehicle in an expanding lineup of EVs. The electric minitruck will launch in 2012. Both the Mitsubishi i and the Minicab-MiEV, an electric commercial van, are on sale now.
Mitsubishi's battery-powered truck could become the automaker's cheapest electric vehicle to date and will be targeted at "farmers, contractors and others who use light trucks" for work—applications in which the vehicle's limited range is not an issue.
As reported by Japan's Nikkei: "The electric light truck will allow users to recharge its battery off normal household power outlets. The new vehicle will be developed based on an existing mini truck to reduce the development time. Mitsubishi Motors aims to keep the effective sales price of the electric truck after government subsidies at no more than 1.5 million yen (US $19,300), making it cheaper than its two existing electric vehicles."
While there's no direct indication from Mitsubishi that it will export its electric mini truck to the US, Mitsubishi will need to dramatically expand its global electric portfolio to achieve ambitious EV goals: The company wants half its automotive sales to be plug-in vehicles by 2020.
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