Business Line | New Delhi | January 11, 2008
Mitsubishi Motors expects to launch its
electric vehicle in India in a few years while the Outlander SUV
will be manufactured locally.
Hindustan Motors’ Managing Director, Mr Ravi Santhanam, and
Mitsubishi Motors General Manager for Product Planning, Mr
Katsuya Maeda, told newspersons that the electric car, i-MiEV
(Mitsubishi innovative electric vehicle) which has been launched
in Japan and Hong Kong, is expected to be launched in India in a
few years. “This car is for real and is getting ready for
commercial production,” Mr Santhanam said.
He said the electric car works on lithium ion battery and can be
charged up to 80 per cent in 30 minutes using a special charging
The Outlander SUV which is expected to be priced above Rs 32
lakh, will also be manufactured in India close on the heels of
Mitsubishi’s decision to manufacture the vehicle in Europe. The
2.4-litre powered Outlander has advanced drive train features
and is based on Mitsubishi all wheel control system.
Another car which was displayed at the expo, Lancer Evolution,
is popular among rallyists and is also expected to be launched
in India shortly.