2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV gains traction in Canada

The 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV all-electric hatchback is gaining traction among Canadian consumers and fleet operators, according to the vehicle maker.

Twenty deliveries in February brought total sales to 53 units since i-MiEV’s debut in mid-December and the City of Calgary and ENMAX Energy are among Canada’s earliest adopters of i-MiEV’s advanced technology.

ENMAX Energy operates two i-MiEV vehicles on a long-term test program, a development that encouraged the City of Calgary to purchase an i-MiEV last December. The city’s purchase became the first i-MiEV sale in Alberta.

The City of Calgary and ENMAX Energy join a growing list of fleet customers, including British Columbia’s Saanich Police Department, Saskatchewan’s SaskPower and Quebec’s Hydro-Québec – all early adopters of the zero tail-pipe emission i-MiEV.

“Mitsubishi Motors was among the first out-of-the-gate with an all-electric, no-tailpipe car in Canada,” said Shin Fujioka, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada, in a statement. “As such, our dealerships are reporting growing interest and acceptance for i-MiEV.”