According to Autonews, the new stores to be opened in the US will be located in California (seven stores), Texas (three dealerships) and the others spread through Eastern and Western states. The new dealerships will be added to the existing network of 401 stores.
"Our overall strategy is to re-enter markets with sales opportunity and potential for growth, as well as key areas with previously existing dealer representation that could benefit from a profitable service option,” Mitsubishi spokesman Maurice Durand was quoted as saying by Autonews.
The American version of the electric i-MiEV was introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show earlier this month. The vehicle is powered by a battery-electric motor system which gives it a range of 50-80 miles (80 to 120 km). The recharging of the batteries can be done in about 8 hours using a normal plug.
As all versions of the model, the i-MiEV's lithium-ion battery is located under the cabin, with the electric motor, inverter and other components located below and behind the rear passenger seats. The layout is the same used in the gas version of the car which has the engine just in front of the rear axle.
Although not entirely ready for the market, the Japanese manufacturer already announced it has produced the 5,000th i-MiEV at the plant in Mizushima. The European spec i-MiEV has begun production as well.