Costa Rican government deploys fleet of Mitsubishi plug-in vehicles

The government of Japan has delivered a fleet of 20 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs and 29 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs to the government of Costa Rica, as part of the Overseas Development Agreement between the two countries.

The new vehicles will be used by 15 government agencies and universities.

Costa Rica is a land of rugged terrain and many unpaved roads – SUVs and trucks with high ground clearance dominate the vehicle market. The Outlanders are sure to be a hit, but it’s difficult to imagine a less suitable environment for the tiny i-MiEV city car.

On the other hand, Costa Rica has long been a world leader in sustainability efforts, and has set a goal of becoming the world’s first “carbon-neutral” country by 2021. The Costa Rican Legislative Assembly recently considered legislation that would greatly expand the nation’s EV charging infrastructure.

“We are very pleased to be able to support the Costa Rican government’s efforts to embrace cleaner automotive technologies,” said Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko. “We hope these vehicles will contribute to Costa Rica’s transition to a low-carbon, sustainable economy.”

 

Source: Mitsubishi

  • Jay Donnaway

    Charles, perhaps you have never driven an i-MiEV. This ‘tiny city car’ has minimum 6″ clearance, but can climb over an 8″ curb in stock trim without scraping, and with electric torque and 60% weight bias on the driven rear axle, traction and hill-climbing is superior to just about any other 2WD vehicle. It is reminiscent of (but better than) an aircooled Beetle, so much so that I’d love to play with a “Baja MiEV”. I’ve driven up many a ‘goat trail’ that a lot of current “SUVs” would scrape badly on. The very strong regen means that hilly terrain is covered efficiently without warming up the brakes, and the ABS and ASC are excellent, even on off-camber slippery slopes. Plus, with over 50 cf of flat-floored storage, it carries more gear than many compact SUVs and crossovers.

    • Mark

      I’ve had a similar experience living in a remote area on an unpaved road. Our imiev sails over the bumps and dips where “SUVs ” (soft roaders) with pathetic ground clearance have to poke along. The narrow track and short wheelbase also maximise the ground clearance it does have.

      That said I think Mitsubishi might be taking an opportunity to offload excess stock? They don’t sell the i-miev in Australia anymore.