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Mitsubishi i-MiEV bites the dust

by Ronan Glon

Mitsubishi sold 2,108 examples of the i-MiEV since the 2012 model year.

Mitsubishi has confirmed the death of the tiny i-MiEV. Built on a kei car platform originally designed for the Japanese market, the i-MiEV was the electric car with the lowest range on the United States market.

The announcement hardly comes as a surprise. Mitsubishi sold just 2,108 examples of the i-MiEV since the 2012 model year, according to . A full 50 percent of those were sold in 2013, and another 25 percent found homes in 2012. In other words, sales have been nothing short of dismal for the past four years.

A spokesperson for Mitsubishi told Green Car Reports that there are no more i-MiEVs in its American inventory, so it's too late to buy one new. You're not missing out on much, though; we weren't thrilled with the i-MiEV when we drove it back in 2012.

"We would be hard-pressed to recommend the i-MiEV to anyone. Its design, execution, and specifications are a generation behind the latest crop of EVs," after spending a week with the car.

Mitsubishi remains committed to electrification, but it hasn't revealed when it will introduce another battery-electric car. It's also committed to SUVs, so its next EV could boast off-roading genes.

Photos by Andrew Ganz.

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