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Mitsubishi Motors to Begin i MiEV Fleet Testing in US with Two California Utilities

The i MiEV will begin fleet testing in the US in the fourth quarter.

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has signed letters of intent with two California utilities—Southern California Edison (SCE) and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)— that will result in the electric i MiEV entering the fleet testing and vehicle evaluation programs run by each.

The i MiEV, which has been in test in Japan over the past two years with seven major utility companies, is powered by a compact 47 kW motor that develops 180 Nm (133 lb-ft) of torque and a 330V, 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack from Lithium Energy Japan (LEJ). LEJ is a joint venture of GS Yuasa Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC). Top speed of the i MiEV is 130 kph (81 mph), with a range of up to 160 km (100 miles) under Japanese 10-15 cycle driving conditions. (Earlier post.)

In the SCE testing, the utility hopes to help Mitsubishi Motors gauge how electric vehicles will most effectively connect to the smart grid of the future and the next generation Edison SmartConnect advanced meters. In addition, the collaboration may explore future requirements for vehicle communication and connection, helping enable new customer values associated with home energy management and control.

SCE’s EV Technical Center, unique in the utility industry, partners with automakers and battery manufacturers to conduct industry-leading prototype testing and evaluation on battery EV, plug-in hybrid EV and fuel cell EV vehicles.

PG&E will gauge the viability of utilizing all-electric vehicles in its operations and further understand the impact of charging electric vehicles on the electric grid. The testing will provide PG&E and Mitsubishi Motors with vehicle usage data, which will be used to publicly demonstrate and validate the benefits of dedicated electric vehicles within the California market.

MMC hopes testing to begin in the fourth quarter of this year. Mitsubishi has already moved up its planned introduction date to the market of the i MiEV, and has increased its production plans. (Earlier post.)



The Volt test mule is (alledgedly) already achieving 40 mile range from its 8 kWh allowed SOC.

That would mean 5 miles per kWh (200 Wh per mile) for a larger, heavier car.


Yeah, Need to consider efficiency of motors and inverter, rolling resistance, efficiency of regen', hotel loads, wind resistance, wt of car etc

Likely there will be a wide range of wh/mile between vehicles. There will be a payoff for companies that make the most efficient use of battery juice. They can size a smaller battery pack for an equivalent range. That should earn them better profit margins.


I would really like to see the feds support Algae biodiesel and biomass alcohol. Use fuels derived from these to power cars like the iMeiv. A small, air-cooled, two cylinder opposed two-cycle driving a generator at it's most economical speed would be the only range extender needed.

Put in-wheel electric motors in every wheel and you could burn rubber if you stepped on it at 90 mph.


"$10 gas means 1.5 Billion people starve to death. Gas is only $4.00 and every continent has reported large starvation increases. Not just Africa but Central and South America, the Orient, even Europe."

And also in places like Kentucky and New Orleans. It's reported there are more starving hillbillies today than the great depression. And in New Orleans, homeless people have been reduced to boiling shoe leather. Starvation is worst in America than anywear else.

check, then why don't you convince the world to drive less, such that gasoline can become cheaper?

Or why don't you just sell the world cheap gasoline?


amigo wintermane,
I went to Germany for 40 days and could see a lot of small cars in the cities and in the autobahns: Ford Ka,
Smart for-Two, Renault Twingo, Citroën C1, Opel Corsa,
VW Lupo, Audi A2, etc...
And I met some germans who, despite having enough money for V6 sedans, they drive small, 4-cylinder cars.
Many people in Germany don't waste food, water and fuel.
When you are in a rail-road cross point, and a train is passing, the people stop their engines!


Our sedans are small enough to get near 30 mpg even tho they are used and very old.

And with the roads like they are today.. Im gona stay in a solidly built safe sedan.. medium or large or even small IF its safe enough.

That dinky nosed car isnt safe. Oh it will pass crash tests alot of deadly cars do. But its a legbreaker and likely the decelleration iduced by that small a crumple zone is NASTY. You can die even if your car stays intact.

Don't let 'em stuff you into a mini Winter! These cars are fine for old, narrow roads like EU - in north America it's safer to drive a compact to mid-size. Unless the minis install leg airbags.

leg airbags?

A leg can obviously bear much higher decelaration than internal organs or a brain. No need for airbags just a need for a rigid frame.

And needless to say: The roads in the US stink compared to the EU. The US is filled with potholed roads and bridges about to fall apart. The EU is not.

Some countries prefer to spend hard-earned tax-money on military others prefer to spend it on infrastructure.

To each his own.

Alex, Tunbridge Wells

This looks like a great second car. When are they selling them in Europe?

The Volt is probably a bit bigger than needed for a second car for most Europeans, but too small for a family's long distance car.

40 miles is about the longest round trip our second car, and its normally less than 5 miles.


The problem is where your legs go in a crash. You have to ram yourself forward and flail your legs around a bit to find out if for instance your knees with snap and leg bones shatter.. Hips explode.. bladder rip apart.. intestines spill out... You get the picture.

Im 41 years old I cant recover from a major leg break much less 2. If my hips shatter and knees break im as good as dead.

And just today anouther bad semi driver slammed into a truck slamming that truck THROUGH a small car.. never saw it comming never had a chance... bits all over the place. My bits are staying in place.

Its just common sense anything with that short a nose area cant be as safe crash wise in a head on Its gona hurt like hell and break bones. Alot of bones.

proof it

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