Mitsubishi's third-generation, battery-powered electric car will be unveiled Oct. 23 at an alternative vehicle symposium in Yokohama, Japan. The new research EV is based on MMC's "i" mini-car, and named "i MiEV". The i MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle), is equipped with a single motor, unlike the Colt (previous post) and Lancer Evolution electric cars, which use in-wheel motors.
Mitsubishi says the car has a top speed of 80 mph and can travel 80 to 100 miles on a single charge. A Mitsubishi Motors spokesman said 2010 was one target for offering marketable electric vehicles by stretching their driving range to 250 km (155 miles) from up to 160 km (100 miles) now. But he stressed that the need for special infrastructure and higher recharging speeds meant auto makers were powerless to achieve this on their own.
i MiEV is powered by a compact and lightweight motor and high-energy density lithium-ion batteries. An on-board charger allows the vehicle to be charged from ordinary electric outlets in 5-7 hours at 200 V or 11-13 hours at 100 V or quick charged in 20-25 minutes from a 3-phase 50 kW/200 V source.
The i MiEV has a 47 kW, 180 N-m, permanent magnet motor and 330 Volt 16 kWh or 20 kWh lithium ion batteries.
The research vehicle will be tested by two Japanese power companies, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) (9501.T: Quote, NEWS, Research) and Chugoku Electric Power Co. (9504.T: Quote, NEWS, Research) and others for the project. beginning in January. In the autumn of 2007, MMC will begin fleet testing in order to verify the vehicle's technical capabilities in daily use and to evaluate the commercial acceptance in collaboration with the power companies. MMC will provide the power companies with i MiEVs for the fleet tests. By testing i MiEV, the power companies will evaluate how the vehicle is applied to their business and how fast-charge infrastructure may be developed for EVs. The data collected from the test of daily use shall be used to assess the commercial viability of EVs in the market place.
Mitsubishi said it had no plans to bring this car to the U.S. MMC will display i MiEV at the 22nd International Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exposition (EVS-22) at Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama on October 23 - 28, 2006.
Resource: Mitsubishi Motors builds new research EV, "i MiEV" for joint research with power companies, Mistsubishi press release Oct. 11, 2006.