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Posted by on Jan 4, 2011 in Concepts, Headlines, Social, Vehicles | 0 comments

i MiEV: Mitsubishi’s Answer to Electric Cruising

i MiEV: Mitsubishi’s Answer to Electric Cruising

Last year, we heard of volt, prius, and leaf. If you are not quite familiar, these are model names for the next “big thing” in the car market: electric cars. We can now add Mitsubishi’s “i MiEV” into the expanding electric car list as the i MiEV will be selling next month in Costa Rica.

“i MiEV” is Mitsubishi’s answer to nissan’s leaf. It is an electric vehicle based on the gasoline-driven 660cc “i” minicar. According to the vehicles official website, the i MiEV “replaces the conventional engine, transmission, and fuel tank with a lithium-ion battery system, motor, inverter and other EV components”. The site has also list down the car’s best qualities:

“The i MiEV is a zero-emissions vehicle. Even when taking into account CO2 emissions at the power plants that generate the power needed for charging the car, it emits only approximately 30% of the CO2 of a gasoline minicar”.

“The cost per kilometer to drive the i MiEV is one third that of a comparable gasoline vehicle. Depending on the cost of electricity, cost per kilometer can drop as low as one ninth that of gasoline, for example when charged during off-peak or night-time hours”.

“Strong acceleration is achieved through a compact and highly efficient permanent magnet synchronous motor that generates high torque from a low speed”.

“Because the vehicle uses an electric motor free of the vertical vibration associated with gasoline engines, it runs extremely quietly. quiet that do not disturb sleeping”.

“Using the on-board charger, the vehicle can be charged with a 100V or 200V power source in the home. In addition, if quick-chargers currently being developed by power companies are used, it will be possible to charge the vehicle in a short time”. (Another review points out that The i Miev can be charged up to 80 percent in 30 minutes with a quick charge system at a 200V, 50kW 3-phase outlet.)

Mitsubishi’s i MiEV has a dimension of 3395x 1475 x 1600mm ( L X W X H) and a curb weight of 1080 kg. The car can carry 4 people and has a maximum speed of 130km/h. Its driving range is reported 160km (Japan pattern).

The car’s motor type is a permanent magnet synchronous and has a maximum power of 47kw and maximum torque of 180 n.m. Its battery is a lithium ion that has a total voltage of 330v and total energy of 16kWh. Mitsubishi i MiEV is a rear wheel drive system.

According to report, the car will sell at $61,500, almost doubling Nissan’s leaf.

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