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The Rebirth of the Electric Car

Posted by mhudema on July 17, 2008

Mitsubishi’s i MiEV Electric Car is Ahead of Schedule
A couple months ago, we got our hands on Mitsubishi’s roadmap for its i MiEV electric car. The plan was to lease a few units to fleet customers first in 2009 and then launch it in 2010 (with a focus on Japan, but also in North-America and Europe), but reality is turning out better than even the optimists thought.

Japanese Launch: Summer 2009
The new plan is to launch the retail version of the i MiEV electric car in Japan in the summer of 2009. The reasons are “smoother-than-expected” preparations for mass-production and, as we can imagine, the increased demand generated by skyrocketing oil prices. There’s really nothing like an economic incentive to focus the mind.

i MiEV Electric Car Specifications
The i MiEV is powered by a compact 47 kW electric motor (133 lb-ft of torque) and a 330V, 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack from Lithium Energy Japan (LEJ). LEJ is a joint venture of GS Yuasa Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC). Top speed of the i MiEV is 130 kph (81 mph), with a range of up to 160 km (100 miles) in the Japanese 10-15 cycle driving conditions.

How Much Will the i MiEV Electric Car Cost?

Mitsubishi Motors intends to set the price for the i MiEV at around 4 million yen. But government subsidies for low-emission vehicles are likely to reduce the actual retail price to an estimated 3 million yen [US$28,000].

One Response to “The Rebirth of the Electric Car”

  1. Kerry bradshaw said

    I just hope those morons who think the EV-1 was a viable form of transportation get their chance to buy one of Mitsubishi’s “rush-to-market-before-the-public-gets-wise”
    silly EVs. Its battery pack costs $20,000 and lasts about 5 years, and it will cost $40,000 and go 100 miles (that’s a driving radius of a mere 45 miles), and recharge in about 6 hours, and it can carry twice the number of people as the EV-1. In other words, it is vastly superior to the EV-1 in every conceivable way. Now I just pray that those who believed the lies in the film “Who Killed the Electric car?” come forward and buy these things. I cannot think of a more appropriate punishment for those who’ve shilled for that crappy technology and conned the public.

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