New Electric Car Unveiled in Japan


Japans Mitsubishi Motors has just unveiled its new i-MiEV electric car. The vehicle is priced at just over 47000 US dollars, less than other rival electric cars but still a hefty price compared to popular hybrid combined gas-electric vehicles. Plug it in, charge it up and drive it away. The new age of EVs, or electric vehicles, has come along and Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors hopes the new I-MiEV will energize the otherwise slow electric car business. Mass production has already begun with over …

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  1. #1 by ratryu at June 7th, 2009

    Can you imagine building renewable power stations to meet the demand? If you think about it, when there is a demand, someone will bound to provide it.

  2. #2 by daderone at June 7th, 2009

    If you put a solar panel on a prius then you can get 100mpg so I wouldn’t really worry about my EV on a hot day. Your car can charge when you are at work and if it fills up it can put that extra power from your solar back into the grid for others to use.

    Can you imagine a parking lot full of cars with solar panels all charging for free? Not to mention homes…

    If there is a will there is a way. G-d help me, I’ll help them find it.

  3. #3 by lighthammar at June 7th, 2009

    In “who killed the electric car” how much was the ev1 retailing for?
    Strange that 20 year old technology costs so much.

  4. #4 by peterweetbeter at June 7th, 2009

    see peterweetbeter

  5. #5 by Luccasio1 at June 7th, 2009

    2 hours charge?

  6. #6 by EAzouz at June 10th, 2009

    i bet you i can make this car never run out of charge by installing deinmos in every wheel once its start moving those wheels will charge the battry please reply if you like the idea

  7. #7 by 777jeru at June 11th, 2009

    This car is an complete waste for the car buyers. It doesn’t charge at an instant. The car buyers need an electric vehicle. That can be charge instantly in seconds, not hours. These auto giants of the world. Need to go beack to the design room. And produce an better electric vehicle then this one.

  8. #8 by ibnuts at June 22nd, 2009

    This is ridiculous.. When they were first talking about this car last year, it was supposed to cost ~$20,000.

  9. #9 by mooton at July 2nd, 2009

    why not mount turbines on electric cars to recapture the energy from going forward?

  10. #10 by RichardD42 at July 5th, 2009

    You are yoking, right? Hybrid and electric cars usually recharges batteries while breaking though.

  11. #11 by mooton at July 5th, 2009

    No im not joking. I dont mean huge wind farm ones I mean small ones mounted in the grille or something.

  12. #12 by afleececooper at July 7th, 2009

    Look up Scib batteries 777jeru 🙂

  13. #13 by 777jeru at July 8th, 2009

    I though about the same exact thing! To have generators inplanted into all four of the wheels. In order to recharge the battery. You and i are on the same wave link. lol

  14. #14 by 777jeru at July 8th, 2009

    Scib battery? What about this Scib battery?

  15. #15 by afleececooper at July 8th, 2009

    Both the Scib battery and Nanosafe, claim charge times of 10mins,

    Nanosafe are to be used in the British Electric Lightning car, to be released this month, according to the Telegraph (UK),

  16. #16 by 777jeru at July 12th, 2009

    Well thats an start. But… They should try to make even better battery. That can be charged in seconds. Since they have come with this particular type of battery (the scib). That can be charged in 10 mins. I’m quite sure they can develope an even much efficent one battery unit. They need to really put an battery out for the consumers. Which will in turn bring car sales back up to par.

  17. #17 by afleececooper at July 12th, 2009

    If you can make charge time just comparable to how long it takes to physically fill a conventional tank full of petrol(gas), that I’d imagine would be good enough… (around 2-3 mins depending on your tank or pump)

    One possibility for that is the EEstor capacitor battery, (on wiki), which should accept what ever power you have to give to them… not sure how close they are to making it a reality, but a Canadian car company(Zenn) plans to use the tech next year, seems optimistic, but who knows.

  18. #18 by 777jeru at July 12th, 2009

    Is that right?! I do hope this comes to reality. because this could revolutionized the car industry, very quickly. Its only ashame that the american auto giants. Didn’t develope this tech. knowledgy here, in america. These american auto refuse to advance themselves. They have the know how. But they just don’t want to develope this type energy. For the entire auto industries, worldwide. They are greedy for money. And this is their down-fall. The european and japanese auto giants are doing it!

  19. #19 by taz79 at July 16th, 2009

    for the iMiew there is a quick charger to charge the car in 40min.. But to charge a electric car battery in 10 min you need a nuclear powerplant in your house.. lol.. Have you thought about what power needed to do such things? 🙂
    iMiew battery= 16kWh
    To charge this battery in 1 hour from depleeted to full it takes a fuse of atleast 70A at 230v .. To charge it in 10min you need atleast 420A!! 🙂 840A if you are on 110v! At my house i have 230v 20A 😉 For me it will be charged overnight 🙂

  20. #20 by 777jeru at July 16th, 2009

    Thats fine, and all….. But they should inplant solar cell membranes on the body of the car. And also inplant solar cells on the hulb caps to the wheels. Along with solar cells inplanted into the windows too. In order for the battery to recharge it self. While driving the vehicle. or while the vehicle is either parked on the street. This could be very helpful to re-generate energy. So the car would be able to recharge quickly. Regardless of the ampage and volts.

  21. #21 by NonNativeSpeaker at July 23rd, 2009

    Did she say 47.000 dollards?

  22. #22 by lavakava at August 6th, 2009

    i love japan…the best country in technology.

  23. #23 by snowballwest at August 17th, 2009

    Really that is so clever… but wait… where do the chemicals for the batteries come from. Not so enviromentally friendly when you consider such harrowing facts. Try compressed air cars…

  24. #24 by tannagra at August 22nd, 2009

    There may be a way the batteries can be recycled, or reused, Nissan are already looking at solutions for that.

    Anyway, whatever problems the batteries may cause, surely its better than drilling for an unreplacable fossil fuel, which is then, quite literally, burnt, and can never be replaced!

  25. #25 by tvbcu at August 24th, 2009

    I like japan.I guess they’re trying to put out a good electric car out into the market,I’nt say any more.

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