While Mitsubishi showcased a left-hand-drive version of its all-electric i MiEV city car at New York, the Federal Government this week confirmed that the battery-powered vehicle was officially road-legal for Australia.
The i MiEV has satisfied all of the relevant Australian Design Rules to be road-registerable and, while it doesn't guarantee we'll see it come our way, it at least paves the way for Mitsubishi to commence volume importation.
"The Mitsubishi i MiEV?s represents a revolution in car design, bringing us a major step closer to ?emissions free? driving," Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Anthony Albanese said.
"The vehicle?s 47kW motor uses no petrol, and as a result produces no emissions while on the road.
"At present, the transport sector contributes 14 percent of Australia?s total greenhouse gas emissions."
One country that's already confirmed to receive the i MiEV is the USA. At the New York Auto Show Mitsubishi officially announced that a left-hook version of the car would be sold in the US, and will likely hit the market before 2012.
The US version will also ditch the i MiEV moniker in favour of another badge, but at this stage it's unclear what the new name will be.
The i MiEV is set to commence fleet sales in right-hand-drive form in Japan this July.