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10 October 2011

North spec i-MiEV. Click to

Mitsubishi’s North American-spec battery electric vehicle post )available in either an ES model or upgrade SE trim will be available to test at US dealerships beginning in November with the first scheduled vehicle deliveries set to commence in 2012.

Mitsubishi is positioning the American i-MiEV electric as the most affordably-priced mass-produced EV in the US. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail (MSRP) is $29,125$6,075 less electric vehicles produced by mainstream automobile manufacturersfor the ES model before a federal tax of $7,500 and available state incentives (subject to availability of

Compared to the original Japan/EU-spec this new US-spec electric features a roomier interior and safety features, due to a 110mm wider track and redesigned and rear bumpers, a Tire Monitoring System (TPMS) and an Vehicle Alerting System to warn pedestrians of the approaching EV. A center console featuring materials will also prominently on the new North American i-MiEV.

Background. First shown as a vehicle at the 2003 Frankfurt Show, the production car version of i was introduced to the Japanese public in 2006. In its home market, the i was a keijidōshaa light vehicle or kei carpowered by a 12-valve, 659cc inline-3-cylinder engine that the MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative timing Electronic Control for maximum power output and efficiency.

The engine placement is forward of the rear axle and the rear seat. Positioned low and the center of the chassis, it gives the car a low of gravity for excellent handling and while also maximizing volume. It is this concept of packaging of the drivetrain components made the i the logical choice Mitsubishi decided to make a electric-powered vehicle as it was relatively for engineers to swap the gasoline for an electric motor and stow the battery pack beneath the


i-MiEV, Japan-spec. Mitsubishi the i-MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Vehicle) in Japan in mid-2009. a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, 47 kW (63 electric motor and single-speed gear transmission, the Mitsubishi has an approximate range of 160 kilometers (99 in the Japanese 10-15 mode driving pattern and a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph).

Following its at home, the i-MiEV entered the Hong Kong and Australian in 2010. By the end of that year, the EU of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV was launched in followed by the United Kingdom at the of 2011.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV, North The North American production features a more powerful 49 kW AC electric motor (66 bhp), an 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an onboard battery charger. The

Mitsubishi i is rated by the EPA to attain 126 mpg in city driving and 99 mpg in highway and achieves a “real world” EPA range of 62 miles (98 miles in the EPA LA4 unadjusted).

The vehicle’s batteries can be in approximately 22 hours by the included Level 1 portable charging 7 hours by a dedicated 240v 2 EVSE charger (available for installation by select retailers or companies), and receive an 80% charge in 30 minutes from a public 3 quick charging station via the charging port (a separate on the opposite flank of the car). The Mitsubishi i-MiEV uses the protocol for high-speed EV charging.

Standard appointments on all Mitsubishi i include a 4 speaker, 100-watt audio system with playback capability; speed-sensitive Power Steering (EPS); LED lamps; a driver’s seat an electric manual air conditioning with micron filter; and a security and immobilizer anti-theft An advanced airbag system of dual-stage front airbags, and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags and roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags; 4-wheel brakes (ABS) with Brake-force Distribution (EBD); and Stability Control (ASC) Traction Control Logic are also included as standard

Vehicle options include a Zone package that heated outside mirrors and a warming system for the main battery pack ($150 and a Premium Package available the upgrade SE trim level includes an HDD navigation system rear view camera, DC charging port and the FUSE Link System with USB and steering wheel-mounted audio ($2,790 MSRP).

Location of the pack. Click to enlarge.

pack. The 16 kWh battery pack is beneath the vehicle’s interior (sub-floor) and the chassis (body inside a specially-designed stainless-steel battery case. This not only helps to protect the pack in an accident but also penetration of objects/debris that can be up from the road surface driving.

Additionally, this stout structure also aids the structural rigidity as it is bolted onto the chassis.

Mitsubishi that after 5 years, the of the Main Drive Lithium-ion will be approximately 80% of its original After 10 years, the capacity be approximately 70%. Other that can adversely affect capacity over time frequent driving using acceleration/deceleration, repeated frequent use of the charger, and vehicle operation/storage in temperature environments.

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