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Mitsubishi Motors partners with electric-vehicle tech firm

AeroVironment Inc. will provide home-charging stations to owners of the new i models.

By Kirsti CorreaPublished: February 28, 2012 06:45 AM

Cypress-based Mitsubishi Motors and electric transportation tech firm AeroVironment have partnered to deliver home-charging stations to drivers of the new electric-powered 2012 Mitsubishi i.

“The AeroVironment EVSE-RS Level 2 electric vehicle charging system is an easy-to-use, reliable and safe option for Mitsubishi i owners to use for charging their brand-new EVs in their own homes,” said Yoichi Yokozawa, Mitsubishi Motors president and CEO. “AeroVironment has consistently delivered excellent and innovative EV products and services that cover every step of the purchase and installation process.”

The home station powers up a drained battery in approximately seven hours, so drivers can start their days with fully charged vehicles. The system comes with customer training, a 24/7 customer service hotline and a three-year warranty on both parts and installation labor.

“AeroVironment and Mitsubishi Motors share a vision where EV drivers enjoy a positive transportation experience that includes a full 'tank' at the start of every day,” said Tim Conver, AeroVironment president and CEO. “We look forward to working with Mitsubishi Motors to achieve that vision.”

The first 2,000 customers to pre-order the 2012 Mitsubishi i will receive a free on-site home consultation, which includes an analysis of current electrical wiring capacity, recommended station placement and a full breakdown of activities and installation costs.

 “Automotive manufacturers like Mitsubishi are blazing new trails in clean transportation and delivering EVs that are more accessible to a wider population of drivers,” said Conver.

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