Mitsubishi NZ and SolarCity team up on i-MiEV solar charge system

August 30th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Mitsubishi New Zealand and SolarCity New Zealand have announced that they have formed a national partnership to offer each new i-MiEV owner a high-efficiency rooftop solar system that will provide the car with enough solar power to offset the energy used for charging.

Daniel Cook, Mitsubishi NZ’s Head of Sales and Marketing says this partnership, is designed to give customers the right resources and technology to make powering the i-MiEV as efficient as possible.

“i-MiEV electric car owners are ahead of the curve, and want a greener and cleaner way to drive,” Cook says. “The energy the solar PV panels generate in a day exceeds what is needed to offset the energy used in the average daily commute, significantly reducing the total cost of ownership.”

The specially designed i-MiEV PV solar panel charging system is viewable from today at the Auckland Home Show, and gives everyone in the city the first chance to see how solar power and electric cars can work together. Continue reading “Mitsubishi NZ and SolarCity team up on i-MiEV solar charge system” »

Peugoet steals Mitsubishi’s iMiEV to create iOn

September 10th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

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Mitsubishi and Peugeot have worked together before and now, they are at it again. The project they planning together is set to be very “green” and involves the introduction of the Peugeot iOn in Frankfurt this month. If the Peugeot iOn looks familiar to you it’s because it’s simply the Mitsubishi iMiEV sporting Peugeot’s badge up front. The French carmaker plans to launch the lithium ion battery-powered electric car in Europe at the end of 2010.

With 64 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque available, Peugeot is stating that the iOn’s range will be 130 km on a full charge. Plugging the car into a conventional 220V outlet will give it a full recharge in six hours. A fast-charger system will also be available, allowing the iOn to be charged to 80% capacity in just half an hour.

More will be revealed when the Frankfurt Motor Show kicks off later this month.

UK government unveils electric vehicle incentive program

April 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

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The UK government has announced a £250 million incentive program designed to get more plug-in and electric vehicles on British roads. The heart of the program is rebates of up to £5,000 for purchases of full electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

This could spell good news for companies like Mitsubishi, Nissan and even General Motors. The Japanese automakers are planning to introduce battery electric cars over the next two years and General Motors plans to launch the Vauxhall Ampera in 2011. The program is aimed squarely at next generation of full function electric vehicles like the Ampera and Mitsubishi iMiEV (pictured) rather than the existing crop of low speed vehicles.

In addition to subsidising new car purchases, the government wants to make life easy for EV drivers by putting in more public charging outlets. Around £20 million of the project money is being set aside for expanding out the UK’s infrastructure of charge points.

Mitsubishi increases production of iMiEV

April 6th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

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Mitsubishi has just announced that it will ambitiously increase its production target of the iMiEV to 20,000 units annually by 2012 up 200% on previous goals of 10,000 per year.

Output targets for 2010 are also up 25%, from 4,000 to 5,000 units. That will ramp up to a target of 10,000 cars by 2010, with the 20,000 annual target to coincide with the car’s release for full retail sale in 2011.

The order book for 2009 output is already full for the iMiEV with Japanese corporations putting in requests for 2,000 of the cars.

The electric vehicles are built to fit Japan’s kei-class regulations, which give them the advantage of certain parking, insurance and taxation rules. It also makes for a very compact  and practical way to transport four adults around at city speeds. The iMiEV does remain a very utilitarian vehicle suited only to urban environments and lower-speed duties.

Mitsubishi’s stock saw a mild rise on the Japanese market as a result of the bold announcement despite the carmaker’s overall falling sales.

Electrifying i MiEV coming to New Zealand

September 17th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham

New Zealand will be one of the first countries in the world to host the highly anticipated Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle (i MiEV) early next year.

Representatives from national and local government and interested organisations will be invited to drive the i MiEV, reinforcing to New Zealanders that a new age in transport technology is upon us.

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand will work closely with state owned energy generator Meridian Energy, who will assist in evaluating the vehicle for New Zealand conditions , including energy supply and infrastructure.

The i MiEV employs a highly energy efficient electric motor powered by recyclable lithium-ion batteries and produces no emissions, making it one of the most sustainable transportation options available for individuals.

“This is one of the biggest changes in personal transport since the conception of the motor vehicle,” said Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand managing director John Leighton. “Now there is a real alternative to the petroleum-dependent internal combustion engine.

“New Zealand is globally renowned for protecting its environment. Meridian Energy has invested heavily in a renewable energy infrastructure to reduce our reliance on CO2-producing fossil fuels. The i MiEV aligns perfectly with Meridian Energy’s efforts and vision and their involvement in this launch phase will be invaluable,” said Mr Leighton.