Mitsubishi Mini-cab MiEV Electric
The electric vehicle age is almost upon us. The Mitsubishi Minicab MiEV is looking good and a Australian first.
The set up for this state of the art electric vehicle is based on the specifications of the i-MiEV Hatch but Mitsubishi have cleverly boosted the engine for haulage purposes.
Now these figures wont send you into a state of automotive hysteria but the van delivers 30 kW of power and 196 Nm of torque. Remember though being electric this van will deliver this torque from zero revs.
Two lithium Battery styles to chose for this electric Van
The range will offer two battery styles , the first offering 10.5 kilowatt hour allowing a 100 km range and the other offering 16.0 Kwh with a 150 Km range.
These batteries are the best on offer in lithium ion today.
Now when empty a full charge is going to take about 4-5 hours to complete however the longer range battery will take about 14 hours.
A quick charge adapter however is available and this process will be reduced dramatically.
Size is important but this Mitsubishi mini-cab MiEV interior measures 1825 mm by 1230 mm payload about two mother-in -laws , 350 kg. Its small but effective.
Its not going to be cheap , although unlike Australia the Japanese govt offers great incentives and seem to really care about using this technology.
If its anything like the early solar incentive by the govt they had to stop as they were too popular I would imagine this to be no different..
We will wait and see as incentives to use this technology currently is the only way it will sell and command further improvements.