Mitsubishi Rebrands Its iMiEV The i Plans For Fall 2011 Rollout TechCrunch

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Mitsubishi Rebrands Its i-MiEV The i, For Fall 2011 Rollout

The EV they be heating up! Or at least promise to heat up, a year now or so. We ve already got the Leaf coming the Volt (though not strictly an EV) on its heels, Honda s Fit EV (oh yeah, and Toyota ) coming in 2012, and now is entering the game in a modest way the i EV.

The i will be available next with pricing around and certainly less once you the EV credit. Interestingly, they re not big, and only plan to 20,000 of the things over the few years. A Mitsubishi spokesman Autoblog that the main of this car for us is to get us in as a stakeholder in the electric game and to help pave the way for our products. Meaning that the i is a prototype, essentially.

Better and consumer-oriented cars will follow in 2012.

It shares of its DNA with the i-MiEV, which we would be rolling out to US markets in as the i is. But some body changes been made, and of course the has been dropped from the I m guessing because they did groups and only 15% of consumers how to pronounce i-MiEV . I m sure I don t.

The name seems to live on in electric bike series.

Some specs on this guy:

Range: 85mi

battery charge

16hr at 120V, 8hrs at 240V charger available)


2584lbs curb weight

No on top speed or 0-60, since as long as it goes 60 at some that s all you really need to get the city.

Here s the press

Mitsubishi Unveils North Version Of New i Electric Vehicle At The Los Angeles Auto Show

Nov 17, 2010 LOS ANGELES —

on the company s more than 35 of involvement in advanced electric development, Mitsubishi Motors has its first all-electric production bound for the North American

Based on the very popular i minicar in the Japanese market, roomy and practical four-door model serves as the basis for the new battery-powered Mitsubishi i for the North market. The zero tailpipe i will be the first North production vehicle to be powered by innovative Electric Vehicle technology cutting edge engineering that will as the basis for future ultra-environmentally-friendly from the company. Gone are automotive systems including a engine, transmission and a fuel having been replaced by components including a lithium-ion system, electric motor and an battery charging system in the i .

This electric vehicle has proved itself a viable and form of transportation as Mitsubishi has selling the car in its home market the summer of 2009; production has commenced for the European-spec i-MiEV, deliveries beginning later year.

Mitsubishi anticipates an roll out of the i to its dealership network in the United States (specifically Oregon, Washington and Hawaii) in 2011, with entry the northeastern market to follow by 2012 and nationwide availability by the end of The vehicle s MSRP is expected to be $30,000, not including Federal and state financial incentives.

The new Mitsubishi i bound for the North market further differentiates from its Japanese- and European-spec with a retooled, larger to provide even more comfort for four adults, with new North American-spec front and rear for enhanced in the event of a collision. Other safety measures on the North vehicle include airbags protect passengers and control force, Active Stability (ASC) and a Tire Pressure System (TPMS) all included as equipment.

Easier on the Environment

Thanks to its efficient all-electric powertrain, the i produces zero on-road making it a zero emissions What s more, when in the CO2 emissions produced by the power that generated the electricity provides the energy for the i , this Mitsubishi production car only about 30% of the CO2 emitted by the 660cc engine that powers the of the car in its home market. And the reduction in CO2 even more statistically considering that the 660cc engine found in the Japanese is only about one-third of the of the typical four-cylinder gasoline powering cars in the North market.

Additional energy can be wrung from the i model s powertrain thanks to Eco (Economy) and driving modes that the vehicle s standard Drive The Eco mode limits excessive usage from reaching the while the Brake mode the resistance of the regenerative braking (especially when driving to feed even more back into the car s bank of batteries.

Low Cost Fuel Source

The cost per mile of the electrical-powered i is significantly cheaper than of a comparable gasoline-powered vehicle. In the operating cost is only 1/3 of the 660cc gasoline engine-powered of the car, and the operating cost can even more significantly that of its internal-combustion sibling by advantage of reduced electricity by recharging during nighttime or hours*.

Clever Design = Accommodations, Outstanding Safety

to the vehicle s excellent packaging and in relation to its size, this styled automobile provides an level of safety, ample for four adults plus cargo space.

How can a small car such ample interior Mitsubishi engineers have placed the high-capacity lithium-ion beneath the floor, and the electric inverter and battery charger been located behind and the rear passenger area. setup also has the added of lowering the vehicle s center of

Along with the wheels placed at the farthest corners of the this gives the i exceptional along with surprisingly handling.

Advanced Electric

The power system consists of a magnet synchronous electric and a high energy density battery pack that of 88 cells (22 modules, 4 battery per module) for a maximum battery of 16 kWh. The battery modules can be either transversely or vertically; packaging flexibility allows to be stored underneath the cabin All 88 cells reside within an sturdy stainless steel to provide maximum protection.

The i also features a groundbreaking battery charging system allows the vehicle to be charged the onboard household charger either 110V (15A) or (15A) power sources or by a system that utilizes a 220V power supply. The times from a very low to completely full are approximately 8 at 220V and 16 hours at 110V. The 220V quick-charger can take a low all the way up to an 80% battery charge in under a fast 30 minutes.

The three-phase makes use of a special outlet is accessible on the driver s side of the while the onboard household s outlet is located on the passenger of the i .

Strategic Research and Logistical

The Mitsubishi i has undergone several of exhaust testing and evaluation not internally by the Japanese auto but with several other including seven utility in Japan, as well as prototype programs with major States utilities Southern Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric (PGE), Portland General and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

And in an effort to help expand and the logistical side of the electric ownership experience, Mitsubishi has with corporate titans consumer electronics retailer Buy and leading power management Eaton Corporation. Best through its 20,000-plus strong in its Geek Squad division, has to provide site analysis and to manage installation of a Level 2 Station it will sell its stores for Mitsubishi i owners to use in own homes. Designed and manufactured by a company that has more 20 years of experience in developing and hybrid power systems for vehicles this 220V station will cut the time it to charge the car s batteries in half compared to a standard 110V outlet.

*Note: Electricity can vary by region, supplier and

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