El modelo, que cuesta tres millones de yenes, cuenta con una batería de iones de litio, capaz de generar 47 KW de potencia (equivalentes a 63 CV), con tiempos de carga de entre siete y once horas, y como no tiene un motor a combustión, es un vehículo muy silencioso. Alcanza una velocidad máxima de 130 kilómetros por hora y tiene una autonomía de 160 kilómetros.
El i-MiEV es la materialización del compromiso del CEO de Mitsubishi Motors, Osamu Masuko, con el medioambiente, quien ha destinado una fuerte inversión al lanzamiento masivo del modelo.
La incursión de Mitsubishi Motors con los sistemas eléctricos data de 1970, cuando la firma tuvo sus primeros acercamientos con esta tecnología no contaminante.
El Mitsubishi i-MiEV no emite C02 cuando opera. E incluso al tomar en consideración el CO2 que emiten las plantas que generan la energía necesaria para ser cargados, i MiEV solo genera el 28% del CO2 que un modelo equivalente de gasolina.
“i MiEV” is an electric vehicle based on the gasoline-driven 660cc “i” minicar.
Halting Global Warming
The i MiEV is a zero-emissions vehicle. Even when taking into account CO2 emissions at the power plants that generate the power needed for charging the car, it emits only approximately 30% of the CO2 of a gasoline minicar.
Easy on the wallet
The cost per kilometer to drive the i MiEV is one third that of a comparable gasoline vehicle. Depending on the cost of electricity, cost per kilometer can drop as low as one ninth that of gasoline, for example when charged during off-peak or night-time hours.
Strong acceleration is achieved through a compact and highly efficient permanent magnet synchronous motor that generates high torque from a low speed.
Quietness That Does Not Disturb Sleep
Because the vehicle uses an electric motor free of the vertical vibration associated with gasoline engines, it runs extremely quietly.
Charge the Battery Anywhere
Using the on-board charger, the vehicle can be charged with a 100V or 200V power source in the home. In addition, if quick-chargers currently being developed by power companies are used, it will be possible to charge the vehicle in a short time.
1. Optimum packaging for EVs
Based on the “i” minicar’s rear-midship layout platform, “i MiEV” replaces the conventional engine, transmission and fuel tank with a lithium-ion battery system, motor, inverter and other EV components.
The long wheelbase, a feature of rear-midship layout, provides space for high capacity lithium-ion batteries under the floor. It also enables the motor and inverter to be installed in the space that used to house the conventional engine and transmission. “i MiEV” ensures ample cabin space for passengers(4-occupant capacity) and reasonable luggage compartment space in the rear. The installation of batteries under the floor makes the “i MiEV” ’s center of gravity low, which provides a more stable driving dynamic
2. High-capacity lithium-ion batteries
EV batteries must have high energy density, and the “i MiEV” utilizes high energy density lithium-ion batteries. A module consists of 4 cells, and 22 modules make one battery pack. Thanks to the structure of the modules, which allows them to be installed in either a vertical or transverse position, each high-capacity battery pack can fit under the floor. With these batteries installed, the target range is 160km (driving pattern: Japan 10-15 mode) for fleet monitoring test vehicles in 2008.
3. Small, highly efficient motor
Highly efficient motor can be built smaller than gasoline engine, while still producing high torque at low revolutions. The “i MiEV” ’s small, light weight, highly efficient permanent magnet synchronous motor provides sportier, quieter driving and power superior to the gasoline “i” ’s turbo charged 660cc engine.
4. Three-way battery charging system
“i MiEV” accepts three types of battery charging systems: The household charger system (100V,200V) for charging at home or a parking lot, and the quick-charger system for speedy charging. With the household charger system, “i MiEV” could be charged from either a 100V or 200V ordinary electric outlet via the household charger plug located on the right side of the vehicle. With the quick-charger system, “i MiEV” could be charged in short time via the quick-charger plug located on the left side of the vehicle.