MIEV: Mitsubishi Electric 4-wheel Drive Concept Car
With the Detroit Motor Show just a calendar page away, what alternative transportation concepts will join the Toyota Camry in the race for a new future? One hopeful contender from Mitsubishi will make its world premiere in Detroit: the Mitsubishi Concept-CT MIEV. Developed in California by Mitsubishi's American R&D; arm, the CT MIEV(for Compact Technology Mitsubishi In-wheel motor Electric Vehicle) is a 4-door, 4-passenger 4-wheel drive hybrid sportscar technology which relies on high density Lithium Ion batteries to drive in wheel motors at each wheel. The Concept CT MIEV benefits from a technology already in at least second generation development, having shown early successes in a 2-wheel drive version in the Colt model and passing road-testing of a more powerful version of the motor in a 4-wheel drive variation of the Lancer Evolution model. The options this technology could open to designers could really change the way we drive...For example, having independent power in each wheel allows Mitsubishi to whisper tantalizing rumors about regulating drive torque and braking power independently. Executives have also hinted that a 10-minute charge could suffice to keep the Li-ion battery pack in shape for trips about town. Not clear is whether this implies a full charge or merely enough juice to make it to the nearest proper re-energizing station. What is demonstrated is a range of 250 km (155 miles) and top speeds of 180km/h(112 mph), achieved in the all-electric 4-wheel drive prototype based on the Lancer Evolution model. Mitsubishi is committed to proving this new technology can equal and exceed the performance of traditional gas engine automobiles. We hope they succeed.
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