Mitsu Testing Electric Vehicles, Too

March 25, 2008

Last week we told you about Subaru's plans to test a pair of electric vehicles in New York. Mitsubishi has similar plans, and also had its electrc-car prototype on display at the New York auto show.

Tetsuro Aikawa, Managing Director of product development, told the assembled New York press that his company would start fleet-testing an electric version of the i MiEV, an electric vehicle that has been shown off on the world auto-show circuit. The specific tests weren't made clear but Mitsubishi has been working on an EV powertrain for the vehicle.

The prototype sports a 330-volt lithium-ion battery system that's hooked up to a 47-kilowatt electric motor. The EV assembly's tucked away under the floor of the vehicle. Mitsubishi says that the running prototype could be capable of up to 80 miles on a single charge.

Mitsubishi also showed this i MiEV Sport concept in New York, though it had shown it at last fall's Tokyo show. With a real Japanese-cute flair, the concept tames the roofline into a coupe-like silhouette, which Mitsu says adds to the electric-vehicle's appeal.

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