70 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Electric Vehicles Delivered to Russian Presidential Administration for G20 Leaders

SEP 8 2013 BY MARK KANE 7

Mitsubishi Chief Osamu Masuko started using i-MiEV long ago

Mitsubishi Chief Osamu Masuko started using i-MiEV long ago

Mitsubishi Motors announced the delivery of 70 i-MiEV electric cars to the Russian Presidential Administration. The vehicles will be used for the G20 Leaders’ Summit.

“Moscow, September 5, 2013 – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s official distributor for Russia has delivered 70 units of the all-electric i-MiEV to the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation. The zero-emission vehicles will be used as the official VIP transport vehicle for the Group of Twenty (G20) Leaders’ Summit (September 5 & 6) and will serve as a method of transportation for top visitors of G20 delegations within the Konstantinovsky Palace, the venue for the talks in St. Petersburg, Russia.”

Can you imagine all these top leaders, such as Presidents Obama and Putin, in i-MiEVs?

Russia isn’t a big market for electric vehicles, so such an order will probably eclipse the nation’s whole year EV sales result.

According to the press release, from 2011 through September 2013, only approximately 200 i-MiEVs have been sold in Russia.

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7 Comments on "70 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Electric Vehicles Delivered to Russian Presidential Administration for G20 Leaders"

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David Murray

Sorry guys, but this isn’t going to help our cause. It would have been much better to get Teslas or at least some other vehicle. The i-Miev is really bottom of the barrel for an EV, just one step above a golf cart.

Spec

I think Putin intentionally picked the Mitsubishi-i in order convince the world leaders that we all need to stay addicted to oil.

Alex

They were still bought at price of Tesla with difference pocketed by administration. Russian government is synonym of corruption.

Max

They were bought much below their official price tag (±1.2 M rub vs. 1.8 M rub), so this time it’s not about the money.

Alan Campbell

President Obama should fly in a Tesla Model S(the safest passenger vehicle) on Air Force One, so he can show the Russians how to go electric American style.

David Murray

That sounds like a much better idea!

Max

We have grey imported Model Ss around already, so it’ll not be a great surprise.
I’d rather see Elon Musk visiting Russia than any president of any country.