Global Sales of Mitsubishi i-MiEV Exceed 33,000 Units; EV Enters Malaysia as Country’s First Production Electric Vehicle


Down, but not out of the race.



Sales of the Nissan LEAF exceeded 50,000 units on the global level back in January 2013, cementing the LEAF’s place in history as the best-selling electric vehicle of all time, but Mitsubishi Motors is still trying valiantly to catch up and to perhaps regain the title.

Mitsubishi recently announced that global sales of its i-MiEV surpassed 33,000 units, which puts the tiny electric squarely in second place, but still trailing the LEAF by a wide margin.

There’s a slim chance that the i-MiEV catches the LEAF, but it seems highly unlikely.  So, instead of battling it out with Nissan, Mitsubishi would rather claim a different first.

Just days ago, Mitsubishi Motors launched the i-MiEV in Malaysia, That action made the i-MiEV the first production electric vehicle to be commercialized in Malaysia.  Yes, other electric vehicles were field-trialed in Malaysia, but never were they made available for purchase to the general public.

Sales projections for Malaysia are dismal though, with Mitsubishi only expecting to sell 50 units there at a price of RM136,118 ($43,733 US) by March 2014.

Regardless, the i-MiEV claims a first that no other vehicle can swipe away.

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9 Comments on "Global Sales of Mitsubishi i-MiEV Exceed 33,000 Units; EV Enters Malaysia as Country’s First Production Electric Vehicle"

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Where are these cars selling, because it’s not in the US! Are they big in Japan or elsewhere in Asia? Europe? I’d love to see a breakdown of who buys so many i-MiEVs.

The Wikipedia article about the i MiEV has a partial breakdown that shows that 33K units sold is not real, as I commented below, 33K is a production figure.

There are 2000+ units sold in Norway and France (most under the french PSA rebands).

Statik bought most of them


Read Mitsubishi press release carefully, the right figure is 33,000 units produced not sold (see here Since the Leaf overtook the i MiEV, Mitsubishi has been announcing production figures instead of sales.

You can check the i MiEV Wikipedia article for a breakdown of 27,200 i MiEVs sold through December 2012. This figure includes the rebadged Peugeot iOn and Citroën C-Zero, as well as the MiniCAB sold in Japan. So my guess is the i MiEV family, excluding the MiniCAB iMiEV, have sold around 25,000 units, half the Leaf global sales. The Wikipedia article has all the references to check these figures.

I heard that PSA sells them with a downgraded 14,5 kwh battery since mid 2012. They improved the motor, regen and more to keep range the same. I wish they would put in a little range extender i3-style to improve sales.

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