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.
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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