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Mitsubishi i MiEV Electric Vehicles Delivered to Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas

Mitsubishi will Monitor Consumer Reaction to Four-Passenger Electric Car at LA Auto Show

Before Mitsubishi Motors delivers its innovative all-electric car – the i MiEV – to Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for fleet testing, consumers will get a sneak peek at the stylish four-passenger mini-car at the Los Angeles and San Francisco Auto Show. Powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery, the Mitsubishi i MiEV will be the first of the new generation of lithium-ion-powered electric vehicles to be developed by a major automobile manufacturer that will be available to the public.

Extensive testing with the i MiEV has transpired over the past two years with seven major utility companies in Japan. The success of these programs quickened the vehicle’s development pace and prompted Mitsubishi Motors to begin selling electric vehicles in Japan in summer of 2009.

According to Tohru Hashimoto, corporate general manager of the i MiEV Business Promotion Office of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, “The small, four-passenger Mitsubishi i MiEVs will enter into SCE’s nationally-recognized prototype testing and evaluation program. This collaboration with one of the nation’s leading utility supporters of electric vehicles will provide us technical feedback on i MiEV vehicle and battery performance, as well as vehicle connection and integration into the U.S. electrical system.”

The rise in interest for electric vehicles and other alternative-fuel propulsion systems is dramatically shaping the way automakers and utility companies are approaching the opportunity. Through this program, SCE hopes to help Mitsubishi Motors gauge how electric vehicles will most effectively connect to the smart grid of the future and the next generation Edison SmartConnectâ„¢ advanced meters. In addition, the collaboration may explore future requirements for vehicle communication and connection.

“We are thrilled to partner with Mitsubishi. The i MiEV is a terrific example of the innovative products that will soon make their way into the market and eventually make a significant impact on climate change and dramatically reduce our dependence on oil,” said Edward Kjaer, director, electric transportation for SCE. “Through our rigorous research program, we intend to contribute to this car’s ultimate success, thereby advancing plug-in hybrid technology.”

The i MiEV electric vehicle, which is based on Mitsubishi’s “i” gasoline-powered mini car already on sale in Japan, adapts a zero-emissions state-of-the-art electric drivetrain. A durable 330-volt lithium-ion battery system is located under the floor deck and powers a permanent magnet electric motor. With this packaging, the i MiEV is able to offer the same level of interior utility and space as the gasoline version while lowering the center of gravity for more stable handling. The 47 kW electric motor offers improved performance and quicker acceleration over the 64-hp gasoline version.

The advanced lithium-ion battery is developed by the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation / Mitsubishi Corporation / GS Yuasa joint venture company, Lithium Energy Japan. LEJ represents the leading edge in battery technology and promises up to 100 miles* of zero-emissions, economical driving on a single charge when packaged in the i MiEV.

*Japan 10-15 Mode Cycle

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About Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is responsible for all manufacturing, finance, sales, marketing, import/export, research and development operations for Mitsubishi Motors worldwide. MMC maintains seven manufacturing facilities in five countries (plus more than 12 business-partner facilities in 11 countries) and sells coupes, convertibles, sedans, sport utility vehicles and light trucks. It has sold over 1.3 million vehicles in more than 160 countries during 2007. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at 888-560-6672 or visit www.mitsubishi-motors.com or media.mitsubishicars.com

About SCE

An Edison International company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of more than 13 million via 4.8 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within central, coastal and Southern California.

SCE’s EV Technical Center, unique in the utility industry, partners with automakers and battery manufacturers to conduct industry-leading prototype testing and evaluation on battery EV, plug-in hybrid EV and fuel cell EV vehicles. For more information, see www.sce.com.

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