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Mitsubishi electric vehicles cruise to SCE for testing

Posted: 12 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:electric vehicle? testing SCE? i MiEV evaluation?

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has signed a letter of intent with Southern California Edison (SCE) to forge a unique collaboration for testing and evaluation of the new i MiEV electric vehicle.

According to Tohru Hashimoto, corporate general manager of the i MiEV business promotion office of Mitsubishi Motors, "The small, four-passenger Mitsubishi i MiEVs will enter into SCE's nationally-recognized prototype testing and evaluation program. This collaboration with one of the nation's leading utility supporters of electric vehicles will provide us technical feedback on i MiEV vehicle and battery performance, as well as vehicle connection and integration into the electrical system."

Extensive testing with the i MiEV has been occurring over the past two years with seven major utility companies in Japan. The success of these programs quickened the pace and prompted Mitsubishi Motors to begin selling the electric vehicle in Japan by June 2009.

"Southern California Edison has more than 20 years and 16 million EV miles of experience operating the nation's largest private fleet of electric vehicles," said Edward Kjaer, SCE's director of electric transportation. "This new EV collaboration with Mitsubishi complements SCE's existing work on plug-in hybrids and next-generation advanced batteries and their effective connection and control by Edison's next-generation meters"

The i MiEV electric vehicle, which is based on Mitsubishi's "i" gasoline-powered mini car on sale in Japan, adapts a zero-emissions electric drivetrain. A durable 330V Li-ion battery system is located under the floor deck and powers a permanent magnet electric motor. With this packaging, the i MiEV is able to offer the same level of interior utility and space as the gasoline version while lowering the center of gravity for more stable handling. The 47kW electric motor offers improved performance and quicker acceleration over the 64hp gasoline version.

The advanced lithium-ion battery is developed by the Mitsubishi Motors/Mitsubishi Corp./GS Yuasa joint venture company, Lithium Energy Japan.





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