In the horse race between plug-in hybrids like the Volt and the coming Prius and pure electrics like the Mitsubishi and whatever-Zap-is-planning-this-month-but-don't-hold-your-breath, I'm rooting for the pure electrics. I have zero interest in hauling around all that infernal combustion falderal. If you held my cat hostage and forced me to choose a hybrid the series design like the Volt is the best of the lot. At least the whole drive train is electric. The motor is only a small generator so should be light and simple and efficient. But still, who needs it? A car that gets me up to 65mph and can get me to nearby towns is all I need. And for that I don't need or want gasoline. Actually I don't really want a car at all, but it would be enough to lure my wife away from her stinking gasser and prevent me from making frowny faces when we want to go places not close and not well served by mass transit.
So I am delighted to forward the information from Treehugger that the Mitsubishi seems to be coming along. It is gratifying to see that they are already up and running with prototypes and making improvements based on real world data. It's also nice to see a company finish and test a product before selling it. How refreshing! Treehugger's source guesses 2010 for commercial sales. All I can say is I hope so. I also hope they have lots of competition.