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#9 of 18 Re: tpe... [iluvmysephia1]
May 01, 2008 (4:45 am)
The Think City currently uses sodium batteries. They are working with A123 Systems and EnerDel to replace these with a Li-ion battery pack, which will extend the range by around 10-15% and improve the performance.
I'm a little suspect of the i-MIEV's claimed range of 100 miles given that it only has a 16 kWh battery pack. The Think City's battery pack is 28.3 kWh. Although at 1379kg. the Think probably is a heavier car.
May 04, 2008 (9:51 pm)
there is a car maker in China, BYD, that makes their own car batteries. They made themselves famous by building state-of-the-art cellphone batteries for the masses. But they also build petrol and electrically-driven automobiles and if the car needs batteries for propulsion, they build those batteries themselves. They make a new crossover they showed at the Beijing Auto Show called the e6. It is attractive and it is all-electric. It can go 186 miles before needing a re-charge. And yes, they also provide a quick charger like Mitsubishi does with their i-MIEV. This one goes 100mph and goes in to the production next year for the Chinese market.
Whether BYD will bust in to the U.S. automotive market or, might I dare say, when they bust out in to the U.S. automotive market depends on their aggressiveness to work on passing crash-testing and homogolation work to ready them for our car market. But I have indeed read that BYD plans to export to the U.S. And more than one model is coming here, too. By the time I am ready to trade for an all-electric rig, the specs will be much more user-friendly and comfortable for cruising a little longer distance. Let me put it this way, there are a lot of people like me who want an all-electric rig in America. It would behoove carmakers, even Chinese ones like BYD, to prepare an EV (or three) for the American market.
#12 of 18 Re: i MiEV to be sold in North America [jflor]
May 27, 2008 (11:38 am)
the pictures were taken in nyc, so no edmunds writers were offered a ride?
#13 of 18 Anyone have anything new...
Jun 15, 2008 (12:38 pm)
on this little gem in the works from Mitsubishi Motors of Japan? Drool, drool, drool.
#15 of 18 maybe a little sooner
Jul 10, 2008 (6:06 pm)
The price tag seems a little steep but this is just another example of the direction that the automotive industry is heading. Unlike the last go-round this current interest in EVs is not being driven by government mandates. It's being driven by market conditions and, to a lesser extent, environmental concerns. These factors aren't going away. We will have EVs on the road much sooner than anyone would have ever anticipated 5 years ago. IMO, that's a good thing.
#16 of 18 Re: maybe a little sooner [tpe]
Jul 11, 2008 (3:16 pm)
"The price tag seems a little steep but this is just another example of the direction that the automotive industry is heading. Unlike the last go-round this current interest in EVs is not being driven by government mandates. It's being driven by market conditions and, to a lesser extent, environmental concerns. These factors aren't going away. We will have EVs on the road much sooner than anyone would have ever anticipated 5 years ago. IMO, that's a good thing. "
1. I've heard of no "incentives" planned for PHEV vehicles here in the US, unless they are covered by the hybrid incentives - but what would be the reference vehicle/
2. 10K per year (2011 numbers) is not very many vehicles.
3. 37K???!! For a "minicar"??!!!
#17 of 18 Re: maybe a little sooner [stevedebi]
Jul 12, 2008 (7:58 am)
>> 37K???!! For a "minicar"??!!!
at this price it'll be a toy for "green" celebrities
#18 of 18 There's good news for those of us...
Jun 24, 2009 (9:30 pm)
that want a Mitsubishi i-MiEV and don't want to pay $30,000 in USD for one. If you're willing to get one that is a plug-in hybrid and wait until 2013, Mitsubishi has announced they're going to build one. It's in the planning stages right now.
Two really cool things in this breaking Mitsubishi story. Making it a hybrid will significantly lower the price of this baby. We won't speculate on that actual price right now. Mitsubishi will wait to give pricing, though. I remember when I was chomping at the bit to buy my 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS. It seemed like Mitsubishi announced Lancer and Lancer GTS pricing about 5-7 days before the car hit the showroom where I bought mine. I was the 2nd person in Arizona to own a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS.
Throw me in now on buying a 2013 Mitsubishi i-MiEV plug-in hybrid. I can't wait to buy one AAMOF! More information will come as we get it-I'll find it if anyone in the U.S. can. BTW-that is an ultra-competitive beat-me-to-it temptation to ya-I just want the information ASAP, that's all.
Really, I don't have to have an all-electric car that bad. With the ICE engine to give the car more range we'll be sittin' pretty for extended range! And, this will give time for American cities and companies to build more re-charging infrastructure up for the masses. Really, really monumental news to this SE Arizona padre's automotive future. And, there's a new Mitsubishi dealer in downtown Tucson named Jim Click Mitsubishi that I can buy from. Or, I can go to Ideal Mitsubishi in Sierra Vista to get one. It will come down to price and whomever offers the cleanest and tightest service agreements to me. Also, we will get the customer loyalty price rebates. Actually, I really love the agreement my wife and I signed at Avondale Mitsubishi 9 miles west of Phoenix on our '08 Lancer GTS. It offered the anti-theft package, a great money-saving service agreeement and a great every-6-month wax and protectant contract for a great price that has saved our Lancer's paint from being chipped up. Our paint job just has a few nicks-easy to fix chips that I already have the paintbrush from Mitsubishi to use to fix it with.