Hawaii welcomes first all-electric Mitsubishi i

The Mitsubishi i, an all-electric vehicle just hitting the market, landed on the shores of Hawaii today as the very first customer retail delivery took place on the island of Ohau. You gotta hand it to the Mitsubishi PR team, they know how to do a great photo-op! Here’s the gist:

Mitsubishi Motors, Governor of Hawaii and Cutter Mitsubishi Hand Over Keys to First 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Retail Customer

HONOLULU, Dec. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Representatives from Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA), along with the Honorable Neil Abercrombie, Governor of Hawaii, and personnel from Cutter Mitsubishi of Aiea, Hawaii, made the very first customer retail delivery of the 100% electric-powered 2012 Mitsubishi i featuring Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle (MiEV) technology in a formal ceremony today at the historic Hawaii State Capitol Building in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Bryson and Bridget Nishimura of Waipahu, Hawaii.

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“We purchased the 2012 Mitsubishi i primarily to save on gas – we currently spend about $70.00 a week on fuel. But it should cost us only around $3.00 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,” said Mr. Nishimura, retired from a career with Hawaiian Telephone.

“I think the car is so cute,” Mrs. Nishimura added enthusiastically. “Plus, I like that it’s roomy and it’s a hatchback. It’s going to be so good for the earth – we’re both way on board with it. And Cutter Mitsubishi has been great to work with, too.”

Here’s the rest of the news release.

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