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Mitsubishi to offer electric car here in November

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Mitsubishi has chosen Hawaii as one of four states for the U.S. launch of its new electric car in November.

The Mitsubishi i will carry a suggested retail price of $27,990, but tax credits will bring the actual cost to just under $16,000.

Mitsubishi is targeting a range of 85 miles for the car. Mitsubishi is the third major auto maker to offer a mass produced electric vehicle in Hawaii. Nissan was first with the Leaf followed by Chevrolet with the Volt.

“We thank Mitsubishi Motors for choosing Hawaii as one of the first states to receive the new ‘i’ electric car,” said Estrella Seese, acting energy program administrator for the state energy office.

“Electric vehicles use a fraction of the fuel needed by traditional cars, so each EV on the road means we’re reducing our dependence on imported oil and increasing our ability to reach Hawaii’s goal of 70 percent clean energy within a generation,” she said.

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