|The new i-MiEV M. Click to enlarge.|
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will offer the i-MiEV electric vehicle in two trim levels in Japan. The more affordable entry-level “M” will be available at the price of ¥1,880,000 (US$23,200) after receipt of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s eco-car subsidy. The M model will go on sale 25 July.
The more capable “G” will offer more comprehensive equipment, extended cruising range per charge, and the MiEV Remote System that allows the owner to set the time for battery charging to start and finish and to pre-activate the climate control system before entering the car. The G model goes on sale in the middle of August, carrying a price tag ranging from ¥2,600,000 to ¥3,800,000 (US$32,100–47,000) consumption tax inclusive.
MMC has sold around 4,000 i-MiEV units in Japan after two years (deliveries to governmental and local authorities began in July 2009) and has exported more than 10,000 units including those supplied to PSA Peugeot Citroën.
In addition to the choice of trim levels, basic vehicle performance and the equipment specification have been upgraded. The cruising range per charge has been extended by linking brake pedal usage to the regenerative braking system while Active Stability Control (ASC) is now fitted as standard. The MiEV Remote System factory-fitted option gives the owner the convenience of using late-night and other off-peak electricity to charge the battery.
The company currently offers, as a dealer-fitted option, the AC Power Supply EZ adaptor that allows i-MiEV’s batteries to be used to power domestic electrical appliances up to a rating of 100W. And the company is aiming to bring to market during fiscal 2011 an adaptor that will enable i-MiEV’s batteries to power domestic appliances up to a total rating of 1500W.
Entry-level M. The newly offered M trim level is targeted as an entry-level model for a wide spectrum of drivers including minicar owners. The use of a 10.5 kWh drive battery and the careful tailoring of the equipment and trim specification have made it possible to offer M at a much more accessible price. MMC says that the M model delivers ample performance for everyday minicar use, such as local shopping and running children to school and back. JC08-cycle range per charge is 120 km (75 miles).
Higher-level G. Inheriting the original i-MiEV’s specification, the G is offered as a higher capable trim level and targets customers with a keen interest in environmental issues and in advanced technologies. Product content has been significantly raised with the use of LED headlamps and rear combination lamps, 15-inch alloy road wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob and other high-grade equipment. G also features a navigation system and heated seats (driver and front passenger) as standard and offers all this at a price lower than that of the original i-MiEV.
Using the same 16.0 kWh battery as the original i-MiEV, G now realizes around a 20% increase in its single charge range on the J08-cycle, offering 180 km (112 miles). Together with the expansion of charging facilities at expressway service stations and rest areas, this gives it practical day-trip capability in japan, MMC says.
|Comparison of i-MiEV trim levels|
|Vehicle weight||1070 kg||1110 kg|
|Performance (MLITT figures)||AC consumption (JC08)||110 Wh/km|
|Range/charge (JC08)||120 km||180 km|
|Motor||Type||Permanent magnet synchronous|
|Max output||30 kW @ 2000~6000 rpm||47 kW @ 3000~6000 rpm|
|Max torque||180 N·m @ 0~1000 rpm||180 N·m @ 0~2000 rpm|
|Rated voltage||270 V||330 V|
|Rated capacity||10.5 kWh||16.0 kWh|
|Charging time||AC 200V (15 A)||Approx. 4.5h (full)||Approx. 7h (full)|
|AC 100 V (10 A)||Approx. 14h (full)||Approx. 21h (full)|
|Quick charge||Approx. 15m (80%)||Approx 30m (80%)|
Improvements to the MiEV OS (MiEV Operating System) integrated vehicle management system mean that both trim levels now employ a more effective regenerative braking system which increases the energy recovery bias when the driver operates the brake pedal. This results in more deceleration energy being recovered and increases the single charge cruising range by about 20%.
Both trim levels are fitted as standard with Active Stability Control (ASC). This system promotes more stable driving by helping to prevent changes in vehicle attitude and loss of traction caused by slippery road surfaces or sudden steering inputs.
For regular battery charging, both trim levels are fitted as standard with a special AC 200V cable (15A) which now features a control box that allows the charge status to be monitored. (This cable connects to an exterior socket made by Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd. and specially designed for EV charging use.) An AC 100V cable (10Amp) is available as a factory-fitted option.