Mitsubishi i-MiEV earns impressive fuel economy ratings

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Mitsubishi's all electric i-MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) subcompact, set to make a full-scale North American launch in late 2011, recently underwent testing by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in order to determine its fuel economy ratings. The results are rather impressive. Mitsubishi's battery-powered i-MiEV has earned an EPA-rated 126 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalency) in city driving and 99 MPGe on the highway. In metric terms that translates to an equivalent 1.87 L/100km and 2.38 L/100km respectively.

In "real world" driving tests where cars go through aggressive driving maneuvers and operate at high temperatures, the i-MiEV earned a driving range of 62 miles, which is just shy of 100 km (99.793 km). Through in-town driving with lots of starts and stops for traffic, the i-MiEV managed a more impressive 98-mile (158-km) range. That last range figure was made possible through the use of software upgrades for the vehicle as well as a revised regenerative braking system.

"We feel that with the combination of capability, affordability, and high level of efficiency offered by the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV will prove very appealing to consumers considering EV transportation," said Yoichi Yokozawa, the President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is powered by a rear-mounted, permanent magnet synchronous electric motor. The electric motor is claimed to be quieter, sportier and more powerful than the turbocharged 660cc engine in the gasoline powered Mitsubishi i, which was introduced to foreign markets in 2006. The i-MiEV is also equipped with rear-wheel drive and has a top speed of 130 km/h.

When it debuts in Canada in late 2011, the i-MiEV will come standard with such features as a heated driver's seat, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), air conditioning, and remote keyless entry. Available upgrades will include 15-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, USB input with voice control, and a 360-Watt premium audio system.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Hatchback, EV, Mitsubishi, 2012, i-MiEV, Electric, Subcompact,

Organizations: Mitsubishi

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