Mitsubishi Reveals electric i-MiEV 2009 Reviews and Specification

Mitsubishi Reveals electric i-MiEV 2009

Nice job Mitsubishi ... now you just need to get that price down to something realistic and I'll take one off your hands ... in white with the mint green splash ... it would be perfect where I live because the power grid is all hydro and wind turbine generated, making it a true zero emissions vehicle.

that is one great concept behind this car, and I know this technology is expensive and all, but it is still a little overpriced... maybe because Mitsubishi is such a small company, and is not able to hold the price down by diluting the development investment in some huge numbers of projected sales... or maybe because it needs to make a profit out of this car right away, and cannot afford maybe a small fund loss in order to get this operation going... but it's almost certain that bigger (or bolder) companies would have been able to price it better and make it a hit. it's cute, it's clean and its design has been around for years now, hitting each and every car show and making the rounds on the media... but it still lacks personality to me. Personality and brand identity, actually... just stick any other logo on that bubbly front end - Nissan, Renault, Subaru, Saturn, Citroen, you name it - and it's good to go. Although lower emissions if very much the trend these days, Mitsubishi faces an uphill battle with this vehicle. Japanese consumers are likely to suffer sticker shock when they see the tax inclusive price of ¥4,599,000 ($47,544). Potential new customers will most certainly weigh their needs when they see the cost.The tiny electric car has a lithium-ion battery center-mounted under the floor, with power being sent to a unit mounted in the boot. Mitsubishi claims a range of 160 km (100 miles) when the car is driven under normal urban conditions. The battery can be recharged to 80 percent capacity in about half an hour when using a 200 V, 50 kW three-phase power source. Using standard outlets, the car goes from empty to fully-charged in either seven or 14 hours, depending on the voltage used. Regenerative braking also helps to recharge the battery pack.Ultimately, the driver gets a motor rated at 47kW, with 180 Nm of torque available almost immediately. Mitsubishi did not release figures related to either the car's acceleration, top speed, or quarter-mile times. We do know that the driver will have three different drive modes to choose from, including "maximum fun," "maximum economy," and "maximum regenerative."
Oh, and looks like a Nano melting due to the global warming effects too... doesn't it?

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