I disagree. The US market is the market with the biggest demand of SUVs, and Mitsubishi could really sell the Outlander PHEV. If you want to really sell an electric vehicle to the masses, it will have to be in the form of an SUV or truck. Honestly, Tesla with their superchargers (unless CHAdeMO really takes off) would have the best chance of selling pure electric SUVs and trucks. The Outlander PHEV would suit the US quite well, and if brought to the US, could boost Mitsubishi's market share quite noticeably. Besides, the end-goal is to minimize the ICE and get ourselves off of oil.
Yes, there is sense to have American-made products, but it's not as hostile to Japan as it is China. It wouldn't surprise me if there were more Japanese cars on our roads than American cars.
There isn't a general hatred (car reviewers at large and oil companies excepted) against electric vehicles. There is a lot of misleading and flat-out bad information out there, though. Of all the places I've taken my i-MiEV and the people I've talked to, only a couple (2 or 3) have expressed a thorough dislike of the electric drivetrain. My most notable experience was a guy I had drooling over a Tesla Roadster. I had him going a while that it does 0-60 in 3.9 seconds and other specs. Then he asked me what it had under the hood. I told him it was electric. Just like flipping a switch, he went off on a rant and walked away. He must have thought it was a Lotus or something. Other than that, genuine interest in my little EV. I've even had a few offers from people wanting to buy mine. Many people thought either electric cars weren't around or that Mitsubishi didn't have an electric car (a nod to their wonderful advertising
Brainwashing has been done pretty extensively where I live. We have the towns of Oil City to the North, Coal Center to the northeast, and natural gas in, around, and through it all. There's also this bad perception that we have so many cloudy days that solar would never work around here (Pittsburgh). If we had a total of 2 weeks worth of overcast/rainy days between May and October, we would be lucky. Even on the news last summer. We were in the middle of a borderline drought, had one day of rain, and the reporters said, "Hopefully we'll dry out tomorrow and have some sun again." It was ONE day of rain in 3 weeks with nothing but clear skies and 90+ degree weather. How much sun do you want?!
My solar array net generated an excess of 16 kWh in October with a decent number of overcast days, and the array isn't even built up to full capacity.
Sorry for the rant that went quite off-topic, but it just shows how shortsighted and mal-informed the public can be.