With its Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) – the world’ first PHEV SUV – due on-sale mid-year, Mitsubishi Australia has announced an expansion of its specialized dealer network.
Originally Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV compact electric car was only offered from nine Australian dealerships, however in December this number was increased to 70 dealerships and they have now ordered a further 81 i-MiEVs for local sale.
This will bring the total number of i-MiEVs sold in Australia since launch in 2010 to 250 (which includes significant penetration into Government and private fleets).
Contrary to some wild speculative stories in some media outlets (emanating from comments taken out of context at this week’s Mirage compact hatchback launch), Mitsubishi says it has no plans to end i-MiEV sales – to the contrary, the i-MiEV will join the PHEV Outlander in a two-vehicle team targeting environmentally-conscious buyers.
“Mitsubishi believes the future of electric vehicles is bright and we are proud to offer Australians the opportunity to purchase their own EV and make the choice towards a greener future,” explained Mitsubishi Australia chief Mr Oshikiri. “We are looking towards the future and getting ready for our next step in electric vehicle technology, the PHEV.”