Mitsubishi, Best Buy Test MiEV; U.S. Electric Car Due In 2011

December 2, 2009
Mitsubishi MiEV - Best Buy Geek Squad

Mitsubishi MiEV - Best Buy Geek Squad

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Mitsubishi MiEV - Best Buy Geek Squad

Mitsubishi MiEV - Best Buy Geek Squad

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Mitsubishi today announced a new partnership with electronics retailing giant Best Buy, to place four vehicles initially with Best Buy’s Geek Squad computer-tech team.

Through the agreement, the companies hope to study real-life vehicle range and any issues that might arise in a hard-use fleet environment. The new arrangement would place quick chargers at some Best Buy stores, but Rick Rommel, Best Buy’s Senior Vice President, Emerging Business, told TheCarConnection.com that details about how they would provide charger availability haven’t yet been worked out.

Best Buy certainly has business interest in this venture in addition to Mitsubishi. The retailer is selling electric vehicles (bikes and scooters, for now) at select stores in Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Also from its stand at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko announced that the automaker will sell an electric vehicle in the U.S. in 2011. The vehicle is expected to be the MiEV minicar, which TheCarConnection.com and our companion site GreenCarReports.com have both driven. A left-hand-drive version of the MiEV is anticipated soon, while Mitsubishi has already produced 800 MiEVs, mostly for Japan.

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