GM and Nissan, take note: the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf's EV market dominance is set to face a new competitor. Mitsubishi's i-MiEV electric vehicle, which first debuted in Japan in 2009 and then in Europe in 2010, will hit American shores by the end of the year.
By the end of November, the automaker says the i-MiEV will be available in Hawaii, California, Washington, and Oregon, with more rollouts to come by the end of the 2012 fiscal year.
The diminutive model, at 12 feet long, 5.2 feet wide, and 5.3 feet tall, will feature some modifications for North American drivers, including an advanced airbag system, a tire pressure monitoring system, greater torque, front and rear bumpers and a larger body.
The move to the U.S. market comes as Mitsubishi hopes to expand its EV production volume beyond its current 16,000 units.
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