Battery-electric Mitsubishi i EPA-rated at 112 MPGe combined, 62 mile ”real-world” range; solar-powered CHAdeMO-compliant charging station
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) said that its battery-electric Mitsubishi i has earned an EPA-rated 126 MPGe in city driving and 99 MPGe out on the highway (112 MPGe combined). EPA pegged the “real-world” driving range at 62 miles.
The “real-world” EPA driving evaluation incorporates aggressive driving and operating the vehicle in higher ambient temperatures with the air conditioning on. EPA has rated the vehicle’s LA4 driving cycle range at 98 miles. The EPA LA4 driving cycle test covers a distance of approximately 7.5 miles and includes numerous brief stops along the route to mimic in-town driving and its accompanying start/stops for traffic signals
Mitsubishi has worked to improve the driving range of the 2012 Mitsubishi i: The 98-mile LA4 range is attributed to software upgrades and a revamped regenerative braking system.
The electric i carries a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $27,990 for the base ES model before a federal tax credit of $7,500 and various state financial incentives (subject to availability of funding).
Solar-powered charging station. Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc. (Mitsubishi Electric) and MMNA debuted a solar-powered charging station for electric vehicles at the MMNA headquarters in Cypress, California.
The charging station is powered by 96, 175W photovoltaic modules from Mitsubishi Electric. This charging station will help support CHAdeMO compatible electric vehicles such as the Mitsubishi i, which arrives in showrooms in November of this year. Mitsubishi i vehicles are now being reserved by prospective owners through a pre-order process available at i.mitsubishicars.com.
Able to charge up to four vehicles at once, the station features three types of chargers with different voltages: standard level 1 voltage (110v) will deliver a 100% charge in 22 hours on the new Mitsubishi i; level 2 (220v) which can charge the vehicle in six hours; and level 3 CHAdeMO Quick Charger, which can charge to 80% battery capacity in 25 minutes.
The DC Quick Charger used for the Cypress charging station is manufactured by the Eaton Corporation, and is the first-of-its-kind CHAdeMO Quick Charger certified for US sale and public utility. The actual installation of the charging equipment and the supporting electrical infrastructure was handled by Rogers Electric. The twin-arch structure for the charging station was designed by California Green Designs.
The charging station is the first such collaboration between the two similarly named companies, whose headquarters are just a few blocks apart in northern Orange County. Situated near the junction of the 405 and 605 freeways, the hope is that the Cypress charging station, with its Quick Charge capability, can serve as a gateway charging pad for Mitsubishi i users commuting between Los Angeles and Orange counties.