Mitsubishi i MiEV: Arriving in 2010
Motoring Channel Staff - 30/March/2009
Mitsubishi i MiEV
Plug it in, charge it up, and the i MiEV is ready to roll
Mitsubishi's i MiEV undergoing testing in the States
Sydney, Australia –
Mitsubishi won the race to have the world's first mass produced
electric vehicle (EV), but it could also be Australia's first EV.
being shown at the Melbourne International Motor Show and currently
undertaking a nationwide tour of Australia, the Mitsubishi i MiEV's
journey to Australia is looking more certain after the NSW
State Government confirmed it would begin evaluating the i MiEV for
inclusion in its fleet.
Expect the i MiEV to arrive here in 2010.
of around 26,000 cars, the NSW State Government fleet is not small and
said electric vehicles would help reduce its carbon emissions and
decrease its carbon footprint.
Able to travel about 160km on a
single charge of electricity that takes about 8 hours from a
conventional power point, the 4-door car has the potential to change
the way people views private transport.
If the price tag of around $30,000-$35,000 sticks, this would also bolster the Mitsubishi i MiEV's case.
The NSW Government has announced it will create an Electric Vehicle Taskforce to see if investing in EVs is a prudent move.
major hurdle at present is that the electricity that charges the cars
comes from coal-fired power stations, which means the vehicles are not
zero emissions at all, but in fact about the same and in some cases
more polluting per kilometre than petrol, diesel or hybrid cars.
The Company Line
Mitsubishi is extremely upbeat about the i MiEV's sales potential in Australia, both in fleets and for private buyers.
Australia's president and chief executive officer, Robert McEniry,
expects the i MiEV will continue to receive heightened levels of
interest from members of the government, media and public.
and alternative fuel vehicles are becoming increasingly common in this
current environmentally conscious climate, but Australia hasn't seen
anything like the i MiEV before," said McEniry.
Compared to a similar sized petrol car, Mitsubishi claims the running costs per kilometre
are around 33% lower. If charged during off-peak or night time hours
the operating costs will be even less.
Australia's vice president of brand and marketing, Paul Unerkov, is
anticipating this next exciting step for the i MiEV.
great to finally see the i MiEV on the road. Mitsubishi is excited to
be at the forefront of this cutting-edge technology. Electric cars are no longer just a futuristic dream – they're right here, right now," said Unerkov.
MiEV stands for "innovative Mitsubishi electric
It's a compact car about the size of a Toyota
Yaris or Mitsubishi Colt, and uses a large-capacity lithium-ion battery
system to power a compact, high-output
47kW, 180Nm electric motor in place of the traditional gasoline power train.
It's cruising range is around 160 kilometres per
full charge: it can be recharged via a wall socket with its
Mitsubishi says that the i MiEV's batteries take
about 8 hours to be fully recharged via normal power points, but high
voltage power outlets (which are expected to be deployed in Australia
late in 2011) will do the same thing in 20 minutes.
total voltage measuring 330V, and total energy output at 16kWh, the
compact battery and motor reside under the seating and in the back of
the vehicle, allowing seating capacity for four individuals and good
size luggage compartment in the rear of the vehicle.
to reach a top speed of 130km/h, with a range of around 160 kilometres
from a single charge, the i MiEV is a rear-wheel drive vehicle with
three ‘speeds’: Drive, Eco and Brake.
Drive is the
full power mode where the car drives under normal mode. Economic or
‘Eco’ mode allows the power to drop out automatically to
extend the i MiEV’s cruising range and fuel efficiency. Brake
mode offers high regenerative braking that absorbs as much kinetic
energy as possible – restoring power to the battery - and is
perfect for downhill driving.
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