Hawaii throws a party for the first 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV retail customer

A carload of company bigwigs were joined by Governor Neil Abercrombie for a ceremony at the State Capitol Building in Honolulu.

Mitsubishi Motors proudly delivered the first 2012 i-MiEV to a retail customer today in Hawaii, and it made the most of the occasion. A carload of company bigwigs were joined by Governor Neil Abercrombie for a ceremony at the State Capitol Building in Honolulu.

Said the happy new owner, Mr. Bryson Nishimura: "We purchased the 2012 Mitsubishi i primarily to save on gas – we currently spend about $70 a week on fuel. But it should cost us only around $3 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."

"I think the car is so cute," added Mrs. Nishimura. "Plus, I like that it's roomy and it's a hatchback. It's going to be so good for the earth."

"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," said Governor Abercrombie. "In Hawaii, our climate and energy priorities make us best suited for these types of vehicles."

The City of Honolulu and Hawaii Electric have already bought several of the new Mitsubishi EVs for their vehicle fleets. The i, which recently earned the EPA's #1 fuel economy ranking, is currently rolling out in California, Washington, and Oregon, and will be available in the rest of the US by next summer, with prices starting around 21 grand.

 

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