During the New York auto show’s Press Days, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. displayed a right-hand drive i MiEV (Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle), the electric-powered version of Mitsubishi’s i kei-car, and announced that the vehicle would undergo testing in the US beginning in fall 2008, via a small pilot program in conjunction with US utility companies.
|The i MiEV at NYIAS.|
Mitsubishi is also displaying two concept cars in New York: the i MiEV Sport and the Concept-cX, both of which debuted at the 2007 Tokyo Auto Show.
The i MiEV SPORT uses MMC’s in-wheel motors to drive the front wheels, and a single motor in the back. The vehicle also employs solar panels in its roof, along with a small wind turbine driven by the airflow passing through the front grill. The vehicle is charged with its wireless microwave-based battery-charging system. The Concept-cX mates MMC’s new 1.8-liter clean diesel engine to the company’s Twin Clutch automated manual transmission.
The New York International Auto Show runs through March 30.