Mike Stevens | Nov 28, 2011

The 2009 i-MiEV Cargo might be a smoother-looking take on the concept, but this is the van that will enter Mitsubishi's line-up as its second electric offering: the MINICAB-MiEV1.

Going on sale in Japan next month, the little van is driven by the same electric powertrain that motivates the Australian-delivered i-MiEV, but with two battery options: one that offers a driving range of 100 kilometres, and the other managing around 150km.

The MINICAB-MiEV1 takes a number of other components from the i-MiEV, including its air-conditioning system and rear suspension.

Suited more to delivery drivers than plumbers, the MINICAB-MiEV1 measures just 3395mm long, making it 760mm shorter than the already tiny Suzuki APV (see TMR's APV review here).

Mitsubishi will offer the new van for both lease and purchase, with Japan-market pricing set at about AU$23,000 for the 100km model and $AU27,000 for the 150km version.

Mitsubishi Australia has confirmed that it is considering the MINICAB-MiEV1 for a local release, but without the tax breaks and incentives offered for EVs in Japan, it remains to be seen if the van could be priced appealingly.

As with the i-MiEV, the electric van would be aimed at buyers keen to "make a difference" - and to be seen doing it.

The i-MiEV is now available in Australia to the general public, priced at $48,800, around $14,000 less than the 2010 model, which was offered exclusively to government and corporate fleets.

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