Mitsubishi i MiEV Review – driving an Electric Car |CarAdvice

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MiEV Review driving an Electric Car

The Mitsubishi ihas taken the crown as the very mass-produced electric vehicle to in Australia and this morning handed us the keys for a quick drive.

The light car is based on a model which has been on in Japan for some time. The stands for Mitsubishi innovative Vehicle and signifies the car#8217;s zero-emission drivetrain.

The Mitsubishi i electric car is not the first of its kind the Japanese giant. The very of its kind was built in 1971 the Japanese government asked the to help reduce smog in

150 of the cars were made but the problem was the batteries as the units far too heavy and unreliable. The formula out to be that when the battery weigh less than 20 per of the car it becomes practical to build cars. Fast forward 40 years to the enormous advancements in technology and the introduction of lithium-ion and you have the i MiEV.

The full-electric is designed to be just like a car in the way it drives, feels and looks. says running costs be roughly one-third of the petrol equivalent given it no fuel, almost no traditional of servicing and can travel roughly on a single tank of fue#8230;.

It#8217;s also almost silent apart from the noise, similar to the Toyota when it#8217;s running in EV mode. What is not similar to the Prius is that there is no a need for a petrol engine to the electric engine along.

The problem with the soon to plug-in hybrid vehicles is when they are running on electric mode they are around a heavy petrol and fuel tank and when are running on petrol mode are carrying around a battery and electric engines. It#8217;s not an situation.

What is obvious to all of us inside the car is that the car as we know it is going a period of fundamental change.

According to recent studies, Australia is the no.1 producer of CO2 emissions per among developed nations. that should really you wonder how you#8217;re contributing. No we can keep going after USA and India as the sure to be biggest polluters of the decade but even here in our country we are regarded as the biggest

Although there needs to be a change overall than cars, the wave of soon to electric vehicles will do bit to reduce our carbon footprint.

representatives were very to point out that what company does is make They are not in the business of making renewable energy and no doubt would love the idea of being produced with carbon footprint than our coal powered stations. they are doing their bit and the is up to the energy companies.

The i MiEV roughly seven hours to from empty but can be recharged at any just like your phone. Interestingly the car#8217;s batteries are like a mobile phone#8217;s. In its modern iteration it stores using a lithium-ion battery consisting of 22 modules of 4 x 3.7v-50Ah Lev 50 cells which are produced by the same company that batteries for space shuttles.

should tell you that not going to be cheap. Although no pricing has been announced it retail for around $70,000. you start writing a comment how expensive that is, just 40-inch plasma TVs cost in 2003 and now you can get one for under $1,000.

same principle of technology down in price will apply to electric cars.

The is the batteries, they simply make enough of them and is a shortage of lithium production I hear Bolivia which more than half the lithium supplies will become the new middle-east given the growing dependence on lithium).

Mitsubishi Australia stands in a position having got the very full-electric car complied and ready for market. The idea is to get the cars out as soon as possible to raise and also help pay for the enormous RD involved in its development. As is the case all first-generation technology the early-adopters fee and Mitsubishi is very keen on governments and fleets on board.

47kW of power and 180Nm of the i MiEV is the ideal city it accelerate a lot faster than expect and it develops maximum at all times given its electric source. There is no transmission as it none to deliver the power and it has no reverse gear in the traditional of the word. The software simply the engine to drive the motor and away you go (technically you can go 130km/h if you really wanted too).

It with a basic charge which can plug straight your household charger. We are rather lucky in Australia as of us have lock-up garages can recharge the i MiEV. In European and countries not many are blessed garages.

For all the geeks out there the i total voltage measures and has a total battery storage of 16kWh. The battery and electric are located under the seating in the of the car and power is subsequently delivered to the (unlike most light which are driven via the front

Technical details and presentations it was finally time to drive the i There is something relatively about getting behind the of a car that#8217;s all-new, or at least I

Mitsubishi has built the i MiEV to be just a normal car but with an power source for an engine, it and feels the same in every way. I was hoping it would be getting behind the wheel of a space-mobile. Not so.

It#8217;s almost identical to a car inside.

So much so that the gear-lever is exactly the same as a car despite being completely controlled. So putting the gear in simply sends a signal to the computer to engage forward

There is no technical reason as to why it has to like a gear-lever except people are used to it. It would be to see a simple array of buttons on the board as oppose to wasting with a gear-lever which doesn#8217;t do much technically.

I am being unfairly critical no doubt keeping costs meant simply using an existing platform and interior and an electric engine to drive it.

The i is a proper four-seater city car and it can carry four adults town. It certainly doesn#8217;t any power with a full

If you flatten the accelerator it will all that 180Nm of torque than a current generation Corolla) to the ground via the rear-wheels It#8217;s certainly not shy of getting up to With four adults in the car was no issue keeping up with or merging on to the highway.

It has an electronically (or limited top speed of 130km/h but can go as as 160km/h if delimited.

The engine is to act exactly like a petrol would, if you engage #8216;D#8217; it slowly move forward and momentum as it goes. Technically could have built it not to do but to keep a familiar feel it was that way.

The drive of a brief pass through CBD and onto Coronation drive Toowoong. Other driver#8217;s help but to stare at the i MiEV partially to its tiny size and stickers.

After the first two behind the wheel you#8217;ll realise that even the i MiEV is an electric car, it definitely feels exactly the as any other car except that it almost no noise and going petrol stations all of sudden you smile.

There are three different modes to pick from, which is basically drive, mode which is drive but the has reduced power so that you get range and there is #8216;B#8217; for brake regeneration which it will increase the friction on the to allow more recharge for the (acceleration is still the same as To give you an idea, the brake technology can only currently about 10 per cent of the power is used to accelerate to the speed at the brake is applied.

As a car the Mitsubishi i is exactly what you#8217;d Comfortable, easy to drive and Loads of instantaneous torque than its petrol equivalent) and surprisingly satisfying the wheel.

The majority of drivers do far than 160 kilometres per day, so the i is ideal. You simply drive it during the day and charge it up in your at night (similar to your phone). There is the possibility of it back up to 80 per cent capacity #8216;fast-charge#8217; stations that 200v and 50kW straight to the That takes only 30 and will give you another 128

The fast charge stations don#8217;t exist in Australia but are up everywhere in Japan.

Mitsubishi has a process to release the i MiEV The first stage is exposure is why CarAdvice got to drive the car today, the phase is trials with to showcase the car#8217;s credentials and the car will be launched. There is no time line for when the car officially go on sale but it could be the end of the year.

So what problems do we with electric cars in In Europe, France in particular Nuclear power means free electricity, the i MiEV perfect sense but what Australia?

The argument that cars pollute more their petrol equivalents is not a valid one to Dr Peter Pudney, a researcher on electric cars from the of South Australia.

According to Dr Pudney Petrol can only increase in efficiency but 30 or so per cent and hence there is no way to a zero-emission petrol vehicle electric vehicles are by their zero-emission. So the problem is not with cars but with creating renewable energy.

Every one of us will need to reduce our Co2 by 95 per cent by 2050 if we are to meet the set by international committees in reversing climate Australia has set a target of 20 per cent energy by 2020 but that seems rather optimistic the lack of initiative.

Mitsubishi it doesn#8217;t see the lack of recharge infrastructure as an issue in Australia the availability of household power Nonetheless fleets can purchase the recharge stations if the need

The company believes the government can go a way in helping increase electric take up. In Japan the federal is currently paying half the between the price of a petrol i and an electric i MiEV.

Some go one step further and pay half the half so buying an i MiEV is not more than its petrol

In Europe some countries passed laws to allow for parking for EV vehicles and in France are recharge stations available for throughout CBDs. It seems as Australia is a long way behind but the of the i MiEV might mean a for the process of change.

Mitsubishi not be following a battery-swap model for the i (or any other electric vehicles in the future) which some are currently creating in Australia. the company expects the batteries to a minimum of 10 years or 150,000km.

it#8217;s actually rather to fault the Mitsubishi i MiEV on price (but that is a process which has to take

CarAdvice will conduct a test of the i MiEV in the near and no doubt as the number of electric increases we will find behind the wheel of numerous examples, such as the Nissan

A few facts on the Mitsubishi i MiEV:

i = i (based on Japanese model ‘i’ MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Vehicle)

Zero drive-time CO2 plug in, all-electric car

i MiEV a large-capacity lithium-ion battery

A high-output electric motor a traditional gasoline powertrain

i hits a regulated top speed of

The i MiEV has a range of 140 to 160kms a single charge

A full from a domestic household supply will take hours

The i MiEV is whisper

i MiEV produces 47kW of and 180Nm of torque

Strong with instant maximum

With seating for four ample cabin space, and a luggage compartment in the rear, i smart design maximises

i-MiEV’s curb-weight is 1080kg

voltage measures 330V and energy output is 16kWh

The battery and motor reside the seating in the back of the i MiEV

with a turbocharged petrol the i MiEV’s electric motor is produces more torque at low is quieter and cleaner

Feasibility have been conducted in Europe, UK, New Zealand, Iceland, and now Australia.

i MiEV is a rear-wheel with three driving Drive, Eco and Brake

In Japan, a charge system is currently in that will allow an 80 per battery charge in 30 minutes

i MiEV is the product of over 10 of research and development and is now production

i MiEV has been on sale in since July 2009

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