After 12 years, Mitsubishi kills the i-MiEV electric car

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV, as seen when we tested it in 2011.

Jonathan Gitlin

It must be canceling season in Japan right now. First we found out the shocking news that Honda is withdrawing from Formula 1 at the end of 2021. Now, it’s the turn of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle. Nikkei reports that the automaker is calling time on this diminutive battery EV this year, quoting an unnamed executive as saying, “we didn’t have enough money and personnel to continue investing in EV development.”

Unlike the Honda news, the only real surprise here is that the i-MiEV was even still in production. Mitsubishi has only managed to sell 32,000 of them since 2009, and here in the US sales of the i-MiEV ended in 2017.

As it happens, the i-MiEV was the first car I reviewed for Ars Technica, way back in July 2011. The specs were hardly earth-shattering—a

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Suicide car bomb kills Somali special forces, injures 1 U.S. officer

Sept. 7 (UPI) — A car bombing and mortar attack in southern Somalia on Monday killed at least three Somali special forces soldiers and wounded a U.S. officer in the state of Jubaland, officials said.

The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group claimed responsibility and claimed that 20 Somali soldiers were dead, Al Jazeera reported.

Ismail Mukhtar Oronjo, a Somali government spokesman, told Anadolu news agency a suicide car bomb exploded outside the special forces base.

“A [suicide] car bomb blast targeted a military base in Janay Abdalla earlier on Monday,” Oronjo said.

“One U.S. service member was injured in an attack by al-Shabab this morning,” Col. Chris Karns, the director of public affairs for the United States Africa Command, said in a statement.

“U.S. and Somali forces were conducting an advise, assist and accompany mission when al-Shabab attacked using a vehicle employed as an improvised explosive device and mortar fire.”

Karns said

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