Sep 07

Enter Mitsubishi to the Plug-in Race: i MiEV Sport

 

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Mitsubishi has now announced its intention to present a plug-in electric concept car at the Tokyo Auto Show in October.

The car will be called the i MiEV SPORT.  It will be compact sized and use 2 front in wheel and 1 rear electric motor powered by a lithium-ion abttery pack.  It will have a 120 mile range, and no range extender.

The car incorporates those rooftop solar panels everyone always seems to like as well.

You can read the Mitsubishi press release here.

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    Dave G

     

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    Sep 7th, 2007 (1:43 pm)

    Another goofy looking EV, no range extender, yawn…


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    Sep 7th, 2007 (1:53 pm)

    I wouldn’t yawn so much if they came out with something like that for $10-15k. That would be a great commuter, and would allow you to have a decent $15k gas powered car for longer range driving.


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    Sep 7th, 2007 (2:10 pm)

    Well, I guess you could call the solar panel, a “Range extender”. If you run out of gas, you could always sit for 8 hours in the sun and get that xtra 3 miles. May be just enough??!

    I believe that, where we are now with batteries, a PHEV is the most practical. But, I’m still very glad to see Mitsubishi throw their hat in the ring. For some life styles, this could be a great way to jump into EV technology, as long as it isn’t too pricey.

    Oh, yeah. I just remembered, we can’t buy a PHEV yet either!


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    kent beuchert

     

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    Sep 7th, 2007 (3:50 pm)

    This is the same car that Mitsubishi introduced over a year ago, then realized how much it would cost to develop, redesigned it to have a single, inexpensive
    non-inwheel motor, and then dropped the whole thing. Now they’ve popped back up again. The idea of a solar panel for forward propulsion is totally ludicrous. To run a fan to cool the interior, perhaps, but those you can buy for $10.


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    Dan

     

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    Sep 7th, 2007 (4:32 pm)

    Thanks for the updates on other PHEVs.


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    Don

     

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    Sep 7th, 2007 (6:49 pm)

    Any idea how much charge a rooftop panel can give over 8 hrs in typical weather conditions for say the MidWest?

    Thing is that it may not really be so goofy. Park in the lot in a sunny spot and by end of work day it may be possible that your 10 to 20 miles to work is replenished. We’re looking for 2 or so mWh’s is all. Then only half of your power is grid derived and that much less carbon emission.

    Problem is that the solar panel cannot be a cost-effective way to generate that power. Solar is still expensive compared to typical grid sources even when giving the panels a 30 year amortization. A car has significantly less than that of usable life.

    Agreed that a moderate range BEV is second choice to the functionality of a BEV with range extender (PHEV) but IF the price reflected that decreased functionality I’d still consider it. Thing is that these vehicles with less functionality seem to cost more, not less.

    Look for example at this fun little thing http://www.flytheroad.com/ and notice that the all electric model is $5K more than the hybrid version that gets 3X the range without a fill-up (and forever with) and goes 33% faster. (Cool vehicle but priced too high to just seat two, and short of details on the site, like how far battery capacity only)


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    Mike G.

     

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    Sep 8th, 2007 (4:33 am)

    I think it takes about a two for a solar panels to charge the volts battery one time assuming no clouds. Pretty much pointless until they panels are much cheaper.


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    Sep 8th, 2007 (4:34 am)

    Screwed up, about 2 weeks I should have said.


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    Dave G

     

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    Sep 8th, 2007 (7:40 am)

    Don – For the solar panel, ballpark around 200 watts for a car roof, so 8 hours would get you 1.6 kwh. We know 40 miles is 8 kwh, so a solar panel would get you around 5 miles down the road after parking on a sunny summer day, assuming you don’t use the air conditioner.

    Thin film solar panels may become cheap to build. Prototypes have efficiency up to 20% (same as polycrystalline silicon).


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    Sep 8th, 2007 (5:29 pm)

    Thanks for the figures.


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    Jul 13th, 2009 (4:13 pm)

    Seeing as I will never be able to buy an Aptera, this iMiev will be my other choice if the Volt is way to expensive. My previous experience with a mitsubishi car left me impressed with it’s durability and reliability. In wheel motors is the way to go. I need 44 mile range so it will work for me.