Based on the i-MiEV (Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle) city car, which is expected for sale in the UK in 2009, the i-MiEV SPORT showcases the sporty potential of the zero-emissions electric vehicle.
The car features Mitsubishi Motors’ unique in-wheel motors in the front plus the company’s vehicle dynamics control system – S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) to achieve high manoeuvrability and environmental performance.
Like the i-MiEV, the i-MiEV SPORT uses a rear-midship design in its layout. Making use of the relatively long wheelbase of this platform, a high-capacity lithium-ion battery is installed in the lowest area under the floor, and components including a motor and inverter are arranged beneath the luggage compartment.
The aluminium space frame is light, rigid and strong; helping to improve performance by minimizing weight.
The powertrain system employs three permanent magnetic synchronous motors. One in-wheel motor is placed at each front wheel and a single motor drives the rear wheels, similar to the “i-MiEV” system. An E-4WD system electronically optimizes the output of all motors.
Energy-saving environmental innovations are seen throughout the i-MiEV SPORT. Effective use of energy is achieved by installing an auxiliary photovoltaic generator on the roof, a power-generating fan inside the front grill, and regenerative braking functions to recover energy when the car is slowing down. Much of the lighting is by bright, power-saving LEDs, included in the rear combination lamps and vehicle interior, and the efficiency of the air conditioning is enhanced by the use of heat-absorbing window glass.
In addition, Green Plastic ” Mitsubishi Motors’ unique plant-based resin technology ” is used wherever possible for interior components.