Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the months of the i's initial U.S. sales and deliveries, as well as the month of Mitsubishi's annual U.S. dealer conference.
TOKYO -- Mitsubishi President Osamu Masuko, bullish about electric vehicles' prospects in the United States, is pulling forward the nationwide rollout of his company's tiny i battery-powered car by half a year. He also plans to add another small electric car in mid-2013.
The i went on sale in a few U.S. markets in November. Mitsubishi is planning an initial rollout in California, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and Illinois, where the company has its only North American assembly plant. Deliveries of the car are scheduled to begin this month.
Mitsubishi originally had aimed to sell the vehicle in all 50 states by December 2012. But it has bumped up the nationwide introduction to June, Masuko said at the Tokyo Motor Show. Masuko said he advanced the rollout after being besieged with requests for the car during last month's annual U.S. dealer conference.