Mitsubishi Launches New Minicab EV – A Great Example Of Modern JDM Motoring

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s latest foray into the electric vehicle market, the Minicab EV, a kei-car class electric commercial vehicle, is set to hit the Japanese market on December 21. This launch signifies a major leap in the evolution of kei cars, which hold a significant place in the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) car culture and are gaining popularity in the global used car market, particularly in countries like New Zealand.

The Minicab EV: Pricing and Specifications

The Minicab EV will be available in two variants: the two-seater model is priced at 2,431,000 yen, and the four-seater at 2,486,000 yen. At the time of writing, this roughly translates to approximately USD 18,000 and USD 18,500 respectively (note: currency values are subject to fluctuation). This new model comes with a 20.0 kWh battery and boasts an improved cruising range. It builds upon the success of the Minicab-MiEV, which saw sales of around 13,000 units over 12 years. The Minicab EV aims to meet the growing demand for electric commercial vehicles, with a strong emphasis on sustainability and efficiency.

Kei Cars and JDM Culture

Kei cars, a staple in Japan known for their compact size and efficiency, are a vital element of JDM car culture. These vehicles are celebrated for their unique design and technological innovation. The electric integration in kei cars, as exemplified by the Minicab EV, represents a shift towards environmentally friendly vehicles while maintaining the distinctive attributes of kei cars.

Global Impact and the Used Car Market

The Minicab EV is expected to resonate well beyond Japan, especially in markets like New Zealand, which have a strong affinity for used JDM cars. The compact design, combined with electric efficiency and cutting-edge features, positions the Minicab EV as an appealing choice for international buyers seeking high-quality Japanese vehicles. As these vehicles eventually make their way into the used car market, they offer a sustainable and cost-effective option for a global audience.

Product Features and Advancements

The Minicab EV introduces a 35 percent increase in cruising range over its predecessor, with a range of 180 km per charge. It features a new electric motor and drive battery, quick charging capabilities, and advanced safety technologies like Forward Collision Mitigation and Lane Departure Warning. Convenience features such as a power outlet and USB charging options are also included, enhancing its appeal in the commercial vehicle segment.

The Road Ahead

With the launch of the Minicab EV, Mitsubishi Motors is not just introducing a new vehicle; it’s making a statement about the future of the automotive industry. This vehicle’s potential impact on global markets, particularly in the used car sector of JDM-friendly countries, positions it as a key player in the rapidly evolving electric vehicle landscape.


  • Sam

    Sam focuses mainly on researching and writing the growing database of Car Facts articles on Garage Dreams, as well as creating interesting list content. He is particularly enthusiastic about JDM cars, although has also owned numerous European vehicles in the past. Currently drives a 3rd generation Suzuki Swift Sport, and a Volkswagen Touareg (mainly kept for taking his border collie out to the hills to go walking)

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