Cute EV Coming to Cali

Mitsubishi is bringing the i MiEV
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2008 4:43 AM CDT
Mitsubishi plans to start testing its i MiEV electric car, designed for the streets of Japan, with two power companies in California.   (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)
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(Newser) – Mitsubishi is sending some of its new i MiEV electric cars for testing in California, Wired reports. The Japanese company has signed deals with two Golden State power companies to add a few of the nimble jellybean-shaped vehicles to their fleets for a three-year demonstration.

The kicky little car can go 75 miles on a 10-hour charge from a standard 110-volt socket, and reach speeds of up to 82 mph. Designed for Japanese city driving, the i MiEV will go on sale in its home country for about $25,000 next summer. Mitsubishi previously signed deals with Japanese utility companies.