TOKYO – As global interest in electric vehicles accelerates, two small Japanese auto makers have edged past the competition and stolen the early limelight. In July, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. launched the i-MiEV and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. rolled out the Stella in Japan. What these two EV pathfinders plan as encores is revealed in exclusive Ward’s interviews with a senior executive at each company. “Our alliance with Peugeot (Citroen SA) will help boost sales, and we’re taking a 2-step ...

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