By Nick Kurczewski ·
January 24, 2013

Mitsubishi Recalls i-MiEV For Faulty Brakes

Problems continue to mount for the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, with news that the Japanese automaker’s electric-powered sedan is being recalled due to a flaw with its braking system. The problem has been traced to an electrical pump that feeds air to the brake booster. Should the pump malfunction, it would take considerably more force on the brake pedal to bring the car to a stop, and stopping distances would subsequently be far greater than normal.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
January 17, 2013

In Detroit: BMW's Premium Electric Branding

At the auto show, BMW's braintrust gathered to talk about its goal with the new electric i brand, starting with a city car and an upscale plug-in hybrid.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
December 14, 2012

A Week with the Mitsubishi I-MiEV: Cute Car Provokes Range Anxiety

I liked a lot of things about the I-MiEV, but there’s a major range issue. After 31.3 miles of around-town driving, where electrics should be strongest, I was getting a blinking fuel gauge and three miles of range left. The car is supposed to have 62 miles of travel, says the EPA, and I’ve seen anecdotal evidence that some people have gotten that and more, but probably in California. Others, including some of PlugInCars.com's own testers, have seen similar results to mine.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
November 14, 2012

BMW Unveils i8 Roadster, and Kicks Off "Born Electric"

The exotic plug-in hybrid doffs its top. Special guest Uma Thurman stayed clothed. And we also got to see the new interior for the i3, which has park bench parentage.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 21, 2012

BMW's Big Push on Electrics: Don't Believe the Doubters, the Company Says

By some accounts, BMW's commitment to its fledgling i brand is wavering, but the company says it's plugging in as fast as it can—and the Paris Auto Show is proof.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
August 13, 2012

Is the Mitsubishi i Running on Empty?

For a car that looks like it came from outer space, the jellybean-shaped Mitsubishi “i” has gone almost unnoticed in the EV market. Sales have been low to the point of almost non-existence. Only 33 units found buyers for all of July. Sales in June were still tepid (at 366 units), even for a vehicle that’s targeting a niche segment of the automotive market. A safety recall for faulty airbag sensors and early lackluster performance at the annual Pike’s Peak hillclimb haven’t added luster to the i. Does the Mitsubishi stand a chance, or is the i only spinning its wheels in a rapidly evolving EV market?

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By Tom Moloughney ·
November 09, 2011

BMW Holds Electric Car Sneak Preview in NYC

BMW had what they called a “Special Sneak Peak Event” today at Center 548 gallery today in New York City. It was the first time BMW showed the i3 and i8 in North America. While the cars will make their first official public appearance later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, this event gave the press an early look.

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Mitsubishi Launches Solar-Powered Charging at North American Headquarters

By Alysha Webb ·
July 08, 2011

On July 7, Mitsubishi Motors North America launched a solar-powered recharging station at its headquarters in Cypress, CA. The station includes two 110 volt charging ports, one 220 volt port, and one CHAdeMO quick charger. “This is not an academic test project,” said MMNA president Yoichi Yokozawa at the ceremony. “It can be ordered for public production.”

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By Nick Chambers ·
November 22, 2010

Video: Mitsubishi Shows Off Americanized "i" Electric Car, Drops "-MiEV" From Name

Mitsubishi used the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show last week as the official launch platform for the i—formerly known as the i-MiEV. The car is longer and wider than the i-MiEV designed for the Japanese market and PluginCars.com had a chance to chat with the company about that decision.

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