Mitsubishi iMiEV - electric cars
In an effort to accelerate the production and development of lithium-ion batteries, Mitsubishi formed a joint venture with the GS Yuasa Corporation to create the Mitsubishi iMiEV – an innovative concept that takes electric cars forward.
So just what makes the Mitsubishi iMiEV unique and what are its environmental credentials? This guide will explain.
History of the Mitsubishi iMiEV
The Mitsubishi iMiEV is not the first electric car from the Japanese car manufacturer. The MiEV concept was first introduced with the Colt EV in 2005, which was exhibited at the Tokyo Motor Show and used lithium-ion batteries to power electric motors in the wheels.
This was followed in the same year by the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MiEV – with MiEV standing for Mitsubishi In-wheel motor Electric Vehicle. The Lancer was capable of 180km/h and had a range of 250 kilometres. In 2006, the Concept-CT MiEV was showcased at the North American International Auto Show, before the Concept-EZ MiEV was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in the same year.
The Mitsubishi iMiEV was first exhibited at the 22nd International Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exposition in Yokohama, with the first “I” standing for “innovative” as it uses a more conventional array of batteries rather than the in-wheel motors to replace the rear mid-ship, engine and fuel tank of the I kei car.
The vehicle was tested in 2007 by five power companies and is said to have a range of 130km with a 16kW-h lithium-ion pack and 160km with a 20kW-h pack. A sports version of the vehicle was also showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show in late 2007. This included a return to in-wheel motors.
Environmental credentials of the Mitsubishi iMiEV
Thanks to the use of lithium-ion batteries, the Mitsubishi iMiEV should appeal to a much broader consumer base than other electric vehicles as the lithium-ion batteries extend the range and top speed available.
Electric cars are zero emission vehicles however, some environmentalists debate this statement as the energy they use is often produced from non-renewable sources such as coal. It is suggested that, even with energy production taken into account, electric vehicles are still more environmentally friendly than conventional petroleum or diesel cars, however, clearly the more that electricity is sourced from renewable energy the more electric cars will become a viable environmental alternative.
There are many incentives to test out the Mitsubishi iMiEV – if present laws are maintained by the time of its release the vehicle will be exempt from both the London Congestion Charge and vehicle excise duty.
Mitsubishi iMiEV statistics
Here are some crucial statistics about the Mitsubishi iMiEV:
- Charge time: Unknown.
- CO2 emissions: None.
- Engine: Advanced lithium-ion batteries.
- Range: 130km with a 16kW-h pack; 160km with a 20kW-h pack.
- Top speed: 130km/h.
Future of the Mitsubishi iMiEV
The Mitsubishi iMiEV will be released to fleet customers in Japan in 2009 and is scheduled to be released worldwide in 2010. Stay tuned to TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk for more information.
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