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Posted on March 21, 2013 at pm

After almost two years of in local conditions and listening to from different people, Motors Malaysia (MMM) is of the suitability of the all-electric Mitsubishi for sale in Malaysia.

The model was announced for general sale morning at the first Mitsubishi Vehicle (EV) centre in the located at Jalan Chan Sow Kuala Lumpur.

The price? . excluding insurance which be RM3,769.50 if you do not have any NCD to offset the It is a duty-free price throughout the as EVs, together with enjoy the privilege at least the end of this year.

Yes, it is for a model that is similar in to the Mitsubishi Mirage which about half the price. the technology cost for EVs is still just as it was with hybrids in the years. Though their are increasing, the ‘critical mass’ has not been reached where economies of scale can kick in and to push production cost and make EVs cheaper at retail

One of the areas where the cost is high is the battery pack and for component, the technology keeps The lithium-ion type used for the is more expensive than the type (nickel metal-hydride) in most hybrids but it does better performance.

As the production of battery packs starts to their unit price start to drop and that bring down EV prices – another type of battery is adopted and the cycle of high cost starts again.

“The i-MiEV should not be to our Mirage though it is the same We acknowledge that it is expensive and we are companies first which may to demonstrate eco-friendliness. There also be some consumers who strong beliefs about their environment and may consider the as one way they can contribute to the cause,” Tetsuya Oda, CEO of MMM.

M. (right), the first customer to the i-MiEV in Malaysia. That s his car on the being recharged at the first EV Centre along Jalan Sow Lin in Kuala Lumpur

They found at least one such Masaharu Iwata from Corporation, who is the first person in to purchase an i-MiEV. Mr. Iwata has in Malaysia for many years and that the i-MiEV is an ideal car for transport.

Over the three weeks he has been using it, he said he has not had issues with the range on one charge which is around 150

“Generally, I drive to my office at where there is a charging (and a free parking and recharge the car while I am there. I return home, I can recharge it at my apartment, so really, I do not think people should be concerned the range of 150 kms,” he said. he acknowledged that a family need a second car if they to go long distances, like who may ‘balik kampung’ regularly.

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MMM is the i-MiEV with a 5-year which would cover the pack, as well as 5 years of maintenance. After discussions the JPJ, a method of calculating the was formulated which is now applied to EVs was necessary since EVs have no engine from which the can be used to calculate the roadtax). The of calculation is the power output and the is charged the lowest rate of annually.


As for insurance premiums, it is recognised as in the same category as a 660 cc car.

MMM is to sell the i-MiEV nationwide and be opening more EV centres, in the Klang Valley and then in the and southern regions, as well as in Malaysia. The recharging infrastructure is an issue and while there are a of recharging stations being set up KL, it is still something not widespread to give consumers confidence. Of recharging can also be done at but if people can also do recharging they are at their place of like Mr.

Iwata, then it might interest in owning one.

In as far as is concerned, MMM has done quite a lot to EVs to the Malaysian public. It has had a project in with a hotel whereby could use the car to move around and it had an exhibition at Petrosains in KLCC over 30,000 children had a not only to learn about EVs but experience travelling in one.

to Mr. Oda, the i-MiEV was launched in in July 2009 and since over 33,000 units been delivered around the of which 4 are registered in Malaysia The 2013 version has improvements the one that has been used for with better running and some system upgrades.

To understand why Mitsubishi Motors has on EV technology and not hybrids, read this Osamu Masuko . President of Motors.

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