Mitsubishi i MiEV
At first glance it gives hints of the Tata Nano, but the i MiEV (Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle) came first, and gasoline "i" models have been on sale in Japan since 2006.
This electric minicar has its 47 kilowatt motor mounted just ahead of the rear axle, and is supposedly good for 100 miles on a charge. It goes on sale in Japan next year.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)