frxdy wrote:I read it on here.....then followed up with an Internet search. As of the 2013 model year the USA I-Miev will only be available in California and Hawaii.
There is only one Mitsubishi dealer in Hawaii who sells the i-MiEV, and most of his 2012 models have languished on his lot unsold until the recent steep price discounts. At the end of December, 2012, I got a good price on a very early SE that had been manufactured in 2011 prior to the MSRP increase and that had sat on his lot for over a year unsold.
So the demand for the i-MiEV in Hawaii hasn't been very robust even though it is an ideal car for Honolulu residents in many respects. Hawaii's EV purchase rebate ran out of funds over a year ago and hasn't been renewed which has hurt demand. So unless Mitsubishi drops the price on the 2013 U.S. i-MiEV considerably unlike the 2013 Canadian model whose price was increased (!), I would be very surprised if Hawaii is included in the few states in which a 2013 i-MiEV would be sold, assuming that a 2013 i-MiEV is sold anywhere in the U.S.
Even with the yen weakening with respect to the dollar, I doubt that Mitsubishi could lower the i-MiEV price enough to generate sufficient demand and to make a profit or even break even. There have been too many very negative reviews of the i-MiEV in the U.S., and the competition from other E.V.'s has increased considerably, both of which make selling an essentially unchanged 2013 U.S. i-MiEV very challenging.