MIZUSHIMA, Japan – The irony is unmistakable: The world’s first mass-produced electric car being built in one of the world’s oldest assembly plants. Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s Mizushima facility, located in a semi-rural area here in western Japan, is home to the i-MiEV, the auto maker’s tiny electric vehicle that went on sale last July. The plant, which built military aircraft during World War II, reopened in 1946 to make 3-wheeled trucks. Today, it produces both standard cars and 0.66L ...

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