Mitsubishi Motors introduced Friday June 5 2009 the final version of its first all-electric car. 1ere the marketing phase is only intended for businesses and communities. It will begin in July 2009.
The i-Miev, TRUE first performance electric car market?
This compact car is a real 4 seats (unlike Toyota iQ or Smart) for urban use. Its electric motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery Yuasa, reputed brand in the world of batteries.
The latter is also working with Honda for batteries for hybrid vehicles.
"We aim to develop technologies that can propel us to a good position in the global market", Told the press the boss of Mitsubishi Motors, Osamu Masuko.
"We need to ensure that the Japanese auto industry is not lagging behind its foreign rivals over a horizon of 10 to 20 years", He said.
The i-MiEV can travel 160 km with a fully charged battery, "Sufficient autonomy for journeys made daily in urban areas"According to Mr. Masuko.
This car will initially be used by companies as a maintenance tour vehicle or mail delivery, among other examples. Public companies and organizations see it as a way to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases, to save some money and claim to be environmentally friendly. This is to qualify for 2 ways:
- the manufacture and recycling of batteries for the i-Miev product, according to Mitsubishi, the equivalent of 41 CO2 gr per km which is already high!
- Emissions CO2 mainly depend on the way in which be produced electricity that powers it. Some analyzes about it here: electric car and CO2.
Sold in July and costs 4,6 million yen (equivalent to 33.500 euros before tax excluding export fees), the i-MiEV will be available to the public from April 2010 to an as yet undetermined price.
But there is a safe bet that it should exceed the 40 000 € TTC ... unfortunately!