Mitsubishi i Miev concept
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Toronto, Ontario – At the Canadian International Auto Show, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Inc. (MMSCAN) today unveiled for the first time in Canada, the Mitsubishi iMiEV – an all electric, charge at home, commuter car due to go on sale to the general public in Japan this summer.

The iMiEV, which stands for Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle, is not a concept car; it is a zero emissions vehicle designed from the outset for real-world use. Built on the proven “i” platform, already used for Mitsubishi’s gasoline powered minicar in Japan, the space efficient iMiEV features a unique rear midship architecture that places a durable 330-volt lithium‑ion battery under the floor. The battery powers a “permanent magnet”, 63-hp (43Kw) electric motor, which is located, along with an inverter, charger and other EV components, ahead of the rear axle, beneath the luggage compartment. Because the battery, the motor and other items are mounted beneath the floor, out of the way, the iMiEV seats four adults and offers surprising interior room and cargo space. Other welcome features of the iMiEV include excellent low speed acceleration, which is a characteristic of electric motors, and a very low centre of gravity which contributes to superior handling and stability. In terms of range, iMiEV is capable of traveling up to 120 kilometres on a single charge.

The specialized battery can be charged with the standard 110v wall socket or 220v dryer type socket commonly found in Canada. Charge time is approximately 14 hours using household 110v and 6 hours using household 220v. Collaborative research and development with several power companies has led to the development of a quick charging system capable of recharging the battery to 80% capacity in 30 minutes.

In terms of well-to-wheel performance (efficiency of entire process, from fuel production and supply to operating the vehicle), which includes CO2 emissions produced in electric power generation, the EV emits only about 30 per cent of the CO2 generated by a gasoline powered car of comparable size. With future improvement in the environmental performance of sources used for electric power generation, EV CO2 emissions will drop still further. The iMiEV has been nominated for the World Green Car award, part of the World Car of the Year awards, the winners of which will be announced in April 2009.

Mitsubishi is currently in discussions with various Canadian organizations in order to develop strong partnerships with the mutual goal being to demonstrate iMiEV and its capabilities to the Canadian public and in the Canadian market.

At the show, the iMiEV was driven onstage by engineer and presenter David N. Patterson. Mr. Patterson is the Senior Manager leading Mitsubishi Motors Research and Development of America’s Vehicle Emissions Certification and Regulatory Affairs Group and Mitsubishi Motors’ North American i-MiEV Joint Research activities.

The Mitsubishi iMiEV is one of the vehicles showcased by Transport Canada’s ecoTECHNOLOGY for Vehicles program at the Canadian International Auto Show, in order to help inform Canadians about electric vehicles, and their environmental benefits.

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