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Load-lugging Mitsubishi i-MiEV to pioneer mini EV van market

24 November 2011

A TINY all-electric delivery van is set to do for commercial what the pioneering i-MiEV runabout did for passenger cars.

in Japan ahead of its showroom there next month, the Minicab-MiEV is also a chance for where it would be aimed at the delivery vehicle market about 2013.

Although it is not for local launch, Mitsubishi Australia Ltd (MMAL) head of communications Lenore Fletcher GoAuto today that the branch was interested in the little which would be up to 18 months from Australian delivery.

we have had such a strong to i-MiEV, we are interested in all electric or vehicles that are offered, she

Mitsubishi this week that it is also developing a to produce a version of the Minicab-MiEV for in Japan from February, as of its drive to reduce EV production by increasing economies of scale, but the electric van is unlikely to ever be in Australia.

The Minicab-MiEV is believed to be one of full-EVs mooted by Mitsubishi, with the i-MiEV and continuing plug-in versions of most of s core models.

Just as the was based on a standard-petrol powered mini-car kei car in Japanese-speak the new EV van is based on the Minicab CD Van that plies its on the confined streets of Tokyo and big Japanese cities.

Left: Mitsubishi PX-MiEV. i-MiEV.

The tiny rear-mounted petrol engine makes way for an small electric motor 30kW the same as the entry-level available in Japan since Only the original, gruntier motor is offered in Australia s

However, the van gets more at 190Nm, versus i-MiEV s as suits its purpose as a little

Mitsubishi said the electric is the same Y4F1 unit as in the i-MiEV, but reconfigured for maximum torque and gutsy performance when fully loaded .

For the van will come with a of lithium-ion battery packs an level 10.5kWh version for a cruising range of about and a more expensive 16kWh model with a range of up to the same as the i-MiEV.

The smaller battery pack can be in 4.5 hours on a 200-volt, 15amp while the bigger version seven hours for a full from empty. An 80 per cent on a high-voltage fast-charger is said to just 35 minutes.

Like the the single electric motor the rear wheels of the Minicab-MiEV, weighs just one tonne, included.

The batteries are stacked the floor of the cabin, with the electrical components such as the under the cargo compartment.

quotes a payload capacity of with two occupants on board, it says is the same as the petrol

A four-seat model is also as an alternative, with the cargo dropping to 200kg.

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Mitsubishi the zero-exhaust-emissions van will be handy for perishable goods such as and flowers, and operating in sensitive such as wholesale food where petrol fumes are not

The company also most has one eye on a move by many of the world s cities to phase out all internal engine vehicles in downtown

In Japan, the base 100km will have a list of 2.4 million yen ($A31,884), but that to just 1.7 million yen ($A22,988) government EV subsidies are taken account. The 150km version be offered with a list of 2.97 million yen ($A39,470), or two yen ($A26,842) with subsidies.

In where there are no subisidies, the is offered at $48,800 (plus costs).

Mitsubishi said it to sell 4000 Minicab-MiEVs in in the remainder of the Japanese financial ending March 31. So far, the has sold more than i-MiEVs worldwide, including models for technical partners and Citroen.

If the Minicab-MiEV does make it to it might not be the only electric-powered van on offer, as Nissan Australia is an all-electric version of the new NV200

The more conventional NV200 is than the Mitsubishi van, and operate in a different segment.

The van is expected to become Nissan s all-electric vehicle on the Australian after the five-door Leaf that is scheduled to plug Australia next year.

The is not the only electric action at Mitsubishi this year, the impending unveiling of the plug-in PX-MiEV II concept scheduled for the motor show next

The wagon is believed to be based on the Mitsubishi Outlander compact with the hybrid version a claimed 50km driving on battery power via dual motors, before a 2.0-litre engine kicks in.

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