Mitsubishi i-MiEV the small and spacious EV
The five-door electric hatchback produced by the Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors was sold to a European PSA Groupe, also known as Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero. Although the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the world’s first modern mass production electric car.
Battery and Driving Range of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV
This model came in 2009 to the European car market, it has a lithium-ion battery pack, although this popular model is powered by the Y51 electric motor, reaching 4,000 to 8,000 rpm and achieving 66 horsepower and a maximum speed of 130 km / h. The motor has a decent torque for the needs of the car of its size, with one charging you can achieve top driving range of 160 kilometers.
The batteries are charged with a plug-in system charger, from your own home in approximately 6 hours, there is a fast charger for the vehicle its a high voltage rapidly battery charger can be charged at 80% in half an hour. The lithium-Ion battery life it can reach to 7 years or 120.000 km but it also depends on the charging departments on the terms if you are using the fast charging.
The electric motor is installed across the front of the rear axle. Power is supplied from a 88-lithium-ion battery pack (the same technology as smartphones, tablets and laptops), housed in a metal box with a total DC 330 V voltage and a 16 kWh power supply, through an inverter (DC / AC) converter, transforms electricity into (alternating).
It is cooled by the fluid that run by the electric pump and the front is fitted with a refrigerator. Why an alternating (AC) electric motor rather than a DC (DC), which should not be an inverter and complex control? It is more efficient, smaller and easier to use, and even better tolerates short-term overload.
Thanks of the rear wheel drive the i-MiEV is dynamic and very responsive to drive in city/urban conditions. Newest technology in the exterior of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV like the LED headlights, which reduces the energy consumption and actually does not affect the driving range of the vehicle .
Specification for the Mitsubishi i-MiEV
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a dynamic car in the city driving, as it reaches 50 km / h for 5.9 s and is easy to track the ritham of everyday traffic. From 0 to 100 km/ h it can reach in just 13.5 seconds with maximum speed of 130 km/h.
It should be driven a bit slower than with other vehicle from the A-Segment models, however costumers for this particular model will not go for the maximum performance of the vehicle, mostly for the everyday use and drive for the urban/city drive.
The interior design is Mitsubishi’s recognizable style, the space inside the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is surprisingly roomy, despite its compact and small exterior size it has enough room for 4 people. The driving and sitting position of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is quite high and as a driver and passenger u will get kinda SUV feeling of looking other vehicles roof,fair amount of space for the head room and decent knee room from the back of the car. The seats are comfortable, so the interior is not significantly different from that of most modern cars in the same class.
Mitsubishi i-MiEV – Comfort and Driving Experience
Inside materials are made of plastic but if you ignore the materials, but if you ignore a little less space by width, everything is quite correct. In front of the driving position there is combined round dashboard with a digital speedometer in the middle displaying what is active in the vehicle as in the middle u have is the green driving area, the blue is blue for regenerative braking, and the highest or the last grey are is when you using your Mitsubishi i-MiEV on full force and using the full power of the vehicle.
Like most electric cars the Mitsubishi i-MiEV has a multiply driving mode, as standard there is a Driving mode that gives you full access to the car and in that you can achieve the full speed of the vehicle, an ECO mode that remap or reduce the accelerator paddle and the power of the electric motor, in addition to achieve more driving range in this particular mode there is regenerate breaking system.
Like all others Hybrid or Electric vehicles the Mitsubishi i-MiEV have this mode is basically regenerating power when the car slowing down from some current speed it will break and gain power to the vehicle via the electric motor, that partially recharge the battery.