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Post by carnut1100 » Thu, 26 Mar 2009, 19:26

http://www.mitsubishi-motors.co.nz/micr ... t_more.asp

Mitsubishi is going to bring the iMiev to New Zealand.
Wonder if it will come here afterwards...
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Post by Johny » Thu, 26 Mar 2009, 19:46

That's a good site. More info that I have seen before on the Miev.

Edit: I clicked on "About the Vehicle" at the top left. fuzzy-hair-man's link goes straight to the details - click "4 Innovations".
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Post by fuzzy-hair-man » Thu, 26 Mar 2009, 20:01

Japanese Mitsutbishi iMiev site

A fair bit of good info if you can wait for the flash player to load. Image

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Post by Johny » Thu, 26 Mar 2009, 20:06

This article indicates it's in Australia and about to tour.

25th March 2009
"The car driven yesterday by the Carsales Network (watch out for our 'first drive' report), will do the rounds of state capitals in coming months. That car will be joined by two or three more and Mitsubishi will expand its program of promoting the i-MiEV. The ultimate aim is to generate enough positive feedback from the community to justify introducing the production car to the local market. "

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Post by bga » Fri, 27 Mar 2009, 01:09

Here's a spec sheet on the battery used in the iMiEV:
Yuasa LEV50
LEV50:
3.7V 50AH 171l x 43.8w x 113.5h mm 1.7kg
LEV50-4
14.8V 50AH 175l x 194w x 116h mm   7.5kg

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Post by antiscab » Sat, 28 Mar 2009, 10:47

hmmm, lithium cobalt.
interesting, perhaps the quantity pricing on lithium cobalt is cheaper than lifepo4.

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Post by lithbattboss » Sat, 28 Mar 2009, 22:30

Hmmmm.... Lithium Cobalt indeed. Personally I think they are playing with danger. It would be good to see some full specifications for these batteries. I wouldn't mind betting that they are prohibited for being transported by air. Also I would say the life cycles of this battery being LiCo is far less than that of LiFePO4.

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Post by Mesuge » Sun, 29 Mar 2009, 04:23

The trick is the separator used inside these batteries, even LiCo chemistry could be made relatively safely..
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Post by antiscab » Sun, 29 Mar 2009, 09:03

for a manufacturer point of view, a shorter battery service life would mean more replacements.

LiCo can still do 3 years service life, so assuming they can keep the cost below $10k replacement, they may do ok.
still would have preferred to see a longer lasting chemistry used
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