The Mitsubishi i-MiEV production for Europe has commenced but it leaves us wondering just how many of these cars we need on the European car market. The factory producing the vehicles has also started its production of the French siblings to the i-MiEV, the Citroen C-Zero and the Peugeot iOn.
While the i-MiEV has been on sale in Japan since last year, plans for sales of the three models put together are to total 5,000 units (from April 2010 to March 2011). Just how all three models will be distributed is anyone’s guess, though. The i-MiEV will be available in Germany, France, the UK, Italy and Spain from December, with other markets to follow at the end of 2011.
There’s no doubt that these kinds of cars are becoming more popular in European urban centres but what with Smart and the Toyota iQ, plus the two French models and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, just how many of these will be absorbed by the European market is difficult to say. Citroen has announced that orders for its C-Zero model so far total 800 but most of these have been purchased in company leasing arrangements. Just 63 have been ordered by private customers in Norway.