Due to Demand, Mitsubishi Increases i MiEV Electric Car Production
The i MiEV story seems to be mostly rainbows and puppies so far. The electric car by Mitsubishi was so well received that it decided to sell it 1 year ahead of schedule in Japan and make it a global electric car (to be sold as Citroën and Peugeot in Europe). Now we learn that due to strong demand - "orders for its first 2,000 cars were quickly filled, a spokesman said Friday" - Mitsubishi is increasing i MiEV target production numbers. Read on for more details.
The Nikkei has reported that there would be 20,000 i MiEVs made in 2011. The company has called that report "speculative", but what we do know is that for 2010 the production numbers have been increased by 25%, from 4,000 to 5,000.
i MiEV Electric Car SpecificationsThe i MiEV is powered by a compact 47 kW electric motor (133 lb-ft of torque) and a 330V, 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack from Lithium Energy Japan (LEJ). LEJ is a joint venture of GS Yuasa Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC). Top speed of the i MiEV is 130 kph (81 mph), with a range of up to 160 km (100 miles) in the Japanese 10-15 cycle driving conditions.
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