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Making the first all-electric i in the U.S. even more efficient by offering it to lots of drivers, Mitsubishi has delivered an i to City CarShare in the Bay Area. Similar to Zipcar but with a local emphasis, City CarShare is a Bay Area nonprofit that has been arranging car-shares in and around San Francisco since 2001. Adding an i to the fleet puts CCS, "one step closer toward our goal of having 50 percent of our fleet run on alternative fuel as part of our mission to decrease carbon emissions in the Bay Area," said CCS CEO Rick Hutchinson in a statement. That car counts as the first fleet delivery; the first customer delivery has taken place in Honolulu, HI, where the new drivers says it will save them, "at least $3,000 a year" in fuel costs compared to a gas-powered vehicles.

Mitsubishi has high hopes for not only the i but also plug-in vehicles in general, recently pushing up nationwide deliveries by a half year and making big claims about the future of EVs for the company. Before becoming available across the U.S., the i will be delivered to customers in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii starting in January.

Mitsubishi says that "numerous fleet orders" are on the books, placed by "multinational corporations, municipalities large and small, major utilities and nonprofit organizations - from New York to Hawaii." Looks like we'll be seeing more of these EVs on the roads real soon.
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Mitsubishi Motors Makes First Fleet Delivery of the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) to Bay Area's City CarShare

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Representatives from Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA), along with San Rafael Mitsubishi, conducted the very first fleet delivery of the all-new 100% electric-powered 2012 Mitsubishi i to the California Bay Area's City CarShare in a special ceremony held at the Green Vehicle Showcase located in front of San Francisco City Hall Plaza on Thursday, December 8 at 9:00 a.m.

City CarShare is a Bay Area nonprofit organization founded in 2001 with the help of several other local nonprofits and the cities of San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. Their mission is to promote innovative mobility options to improve the environment and the quality of life in the Bay Area. By providing short-term access to cars City CarShare is reducing traffic congestion, parking problems and dependence on oil while promoting cleaner air and quieter streets.

"We are very pleased to introduce the all electric Mitsubishi i into our fleet. This vehicle brings us one step closer toward our goal of having 50% of our fleet run on alternative fuel as part of our mission to decrease carbon emissions in the Bay Area," said Rick Hutchinson, CEO, City CarShare.

Numerous fleet orders have already been placed for the innovative, environmentally-friendly and fun-to-drive Mitsubishi i by a wide variety of organizations - multinational corporations, municipalities large and small, major utilities and nonprofit organizations - from New York to Hawaii.

"We thank the Bay Area's City CarShare for being the first fleet recipient of our innovative 100% electric-powered vehicle," said Yoichi Yokozawa, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA). "City CarShare's stated goals are to help promote modes of personal transportation that help improve the environment while reducing noise pollution as well as fossil fuel dependence, so the 2012 Mitsubishi i is the perfect vehicle to help achieve this nonprofit's ambitious mission."

The 2012 Mitsubishi i is the first of several new advanced, alternative-fuel production vehicles that the Japanese auto manufacturer plans on bringing to the North American market in the next few years.

For more information about the 2012 Mitsubishi i, please visit media.mitsubishicars.com and i.mitsubishicars.com; for fleet sales information on Mitsubishi's electric vehicle please log on to mitsubishicars.com/iMiEVfleet.

More information on the Bay Area's City CarShare can be found at citycarshare.org.

About Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, finance, sales, marketing, research and development operations for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells coupes, convertibles, sedans and sport utility vehicles through a network of approximately 400 dealers. In November of 2011, MMNA launched the battery-powered electric vehicle Mitsubishi i as part of a corporate mission to offer consumers more environmentally responsible modes of transportation. This battery-powered electric vehicle technology addresses the need for vehicles that produce zero tailpipe emissions and support a growing agenda for sustainability. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.

About City CarShare

City CarShare (CCS) is a Bay Area nonprofit that provides convenient, affordable access to shared cars in order to reduce individual car ownership and usage. With a mission to improve the environment and quality of life in our cities, CCS continually strives to make their service so convenient, so reliable, and so affordable that people will prefer using a CCS car to owning their own. In doing so, CCS members are reducing traffic, parking problems, and dependence on oil-while promoting cleaner air, quieter streets, and more open space. For more information, visit www.citycarshare.org or contact Mike Harrigan at 415-970-6206, mharrigan@citycarshare.org.

Mitsubishi Motors, Governor of Hawaii and Cutter Mitsubishi Hand Over Keys to First 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Retail Customer

HONOLULU, Dec. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Representatives from Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA), along with the Honorable Neil Abercrombie, Governor of Hawaii, and personnel from Cutter Mitsubishi of Aiea, Hawaii, made the very first customer retail delivery of the 100% electric-powered 2012 Mitsubishi i featuring Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle (MiEV) technology in a formal ceremony today at the historic Hawaii State Capitol Building in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Bryson and Bridget Nishimura of Waipahu, Hawaii.

"We purchased the 2012 Mitsubishi i primarily to save on gas – we currently spend about $70.00 a week on fuel. But it should cost us only around $3.00 for a full charge of electricity – that's going to be a great savings for us! Long-term, the Mitsubishi i should save us at least $3,000 a year," said Mr. Nishimura, retired from a career with Hawaiian Telephone.

"I think the car is so cute," Mrs. Nishimura added enthusiastically. "Plus, I like that it's roomy and it's a hatchback. It's going to be so good for the earth – we're both way on board with it. And Cutter Mitsubishi has been great to work with, too."

The 2012 Mitsubishi i recently earned the #1 ranking on the EPA's list of the "Fuel Economy Leaders: 2012 Model Year" in the governmental agency's annual Fuel Economy Guide, thanks to its high EPA-rating of 126 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) in city driving/99 MPGe highway (112 MPGe combined).

"With the cost of gas still on the rise, these vehicles offer our consumers an option that will be cost-effective in the long run, and at the same time allows our state to reach its energy independence goals," Governor Neil Abercrombie stated. "In Hawaii, our climate and energy priorities make us best suited for these types of vehicles."

The City and County of Honolulu and Hawaii Electric are among the first fleet customers to take advantage of the reduced operating costs, high efficiency and environmental benefits provided by adding Mitsubishi's all-new electrical vehicle to their respective fleets in America's island paradise. Vehicle deliveries to the Hawaiian municipality and utility will occur later in the month of December.

In addition to Hawaii, the Mitsubishi i is currently rolling out in California, Washington, and Oregon where it is available for test drives at certified Mitsubishi i dealers, and the majority of the U.S. will get the vehicle by summer of 2012. With a starting net value of $21,625* for the well-equipped entry-level ES model (the premium-grade SE version begins at $23,625*), the 2012 Mitsubishi i is the most affordably-priced mass-market electric vehicle available in the United States and is the first of several new advanced, alternative-fuel production vehicles that the Japanese auto manufacturer plans on bringing to the North American market in the next few years.

For more information, please visit media.mitsubishicars.com, i.mitsubishicars.com and mitsubishicars.com/MMNA/jsp/company/fleet-welcome.do, the latter website for fleet sales information pertaining to the 2012 Mitsubishi i.

About Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, finance, sales, marketing, research and development operations for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells coupes, convertibles, sedans and sport utility vehicles through a network of approximately 400 dealers. In November of 2011, MMNA launched the battery-powered electric vehicle Mitsubishi i as part of a corporate mission to offer consumers more environmentally responsible modes of transportation. This battery-powered electric vehicle technology addresses the need for vehicles that produce zero tailpipe emissions and support a growing agenda for sustainability. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.