Road tests of the Mitsubishi MiEV electric vehicle commence in the USA at the end of this year.
The Production version will hit the Japanese roads this year. This electric vehicle is designed on the base of the rear drive, four-seater hatchback from Mitsubishi. Its average speed is up to 130 km/h. The vehicle is powered by a 47 kWt (180 Nm) electric motor and 330V lithium-ion batteries of the new generation. Only one charge is enough to run 160 km.
Lithium-ion batteries can be charged in two ways: at the special service stations where such procedure takes only 25 minutes or from any power line for 7-13 hours. Innovative batteries were produced in a joint venture established between Mitsubishi and GS Yuasa Corporation last year. Production versions of the Mitsubishi MiEV will appear next year in Europe.