First Electric mini car to hit roads of Japan is as early as 2009. Now it seems just around the corner, by the efforts of (MMC) Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. It is believed that other automakers worldwide are also making same efforts to make important announcements in terms of ‘eco cars’. niceasicminer
MMC started a joint research with Tokyo Electric Power Company, and The Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc., in November 2006 and with Kyushu Electric Power Co., Ltd, in January 2007. The new research EV (electric vehicle) is based on MMC’s “i” mini-car, and named “i MiEV” which mean “Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle”. i MiEV is powered by a compact and lightweight motor and high-energy density lithium-ion batteries. After removing the i’s (a sister car by MMC) combustion engine mounted on the platform with an original rear-midship layout, a single motor (*2) is mounted in its place. i MiEV became electric-powered with few modifications of the body structure.
Since her first display at the 22nd International Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exposition (EVS-22) at Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama on October 23 – 28, 2006, the performance is highly revolutionized from a test vehicle to a real commercial project. By the assistance of Japanese government, this mini electric vehicle will hit the roads of Japan as soon as 2009.
Since her first display there is remarkable overall improvement in every respect. The battery system is improved to run without any major knock-down for continuous 10 years. The commercial viability has become possible by continuous efforts to bring down the overall costs and simultaneously creating a CO2 free environment. This EV neither emits CO2 and nor makes any engine sound which makes it so dear and irresistible to many countries world-wide.
This revolutionary mini EV can run at a high speed of 140mph. The batteries can be recharged via cable plugged to 110V/220V house sockets. Full battery charge is done in total 14 hours plugged-in and no need for another charge till 140Kms. , i MiEV shows stronger torque, quieter noise and less vibration, which are natural advantages of EVs.
Price and economy
MMC is planning to put a high JPY4.0M (Approx.USD$38,000) price tag, which includes the research costs. Looks like non practical and out of reach, therefore Government of Japan is aiding of max. JPY1.0M (approx.USD$9500) to help end consumers. Obviously there is a great factor of clean environment involved and if you compare this mini vehicle with other (KEI cars) Japanese mini vehicles then the price can be bearable. A regular gasoline engine 660CC vehicle runs for about JPY9(USD$0.086) per Kilometer whereas iMEV will run for JPY1 (USD$0.009) per kilometer.
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