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Factory backed EV to hit NZ

Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2009, 19:26
by carnut1100
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...

Factory backed EV to hit NZ

Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2009, 19:46
by Johny
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".

Factory backed EV to hit NZ

Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2009, 20:01
by fuzzy-hair-man
Japanese Mitsutbishi iMiev site

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

Factory backed EV to hit NZ

Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2009, 20:06
by Johny
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. "

Full article

Factory backed EV to hit NZ

Posted: Fri, 27 Mar 2009, 01:09
by bga
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

$unknown

Factory backed EV to hit NZ

Posted: Sat, 28 Mar 2009, 10:47
by antiscab
hmmm, lithium cobalt.
interesting, perhaps the quantity pricing on lithium cobalt is cheaper than lifepo4.

Matt

Factory backed EV to hit NZ

Posted: Sat, 28 Mar 2009, 22:30
by lithbattboss
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.

Factory backed EV to hit NZ

Posted: Sun, 29 Mar 2009, 04:23
by Mesuge
The trick is the separator used inside these batteries, even LiCo chemistry could be made relatively safely..

Factory backed EV to hit NZ

Posted: Sun, 29 Mar 2009, 09:03
by antiscab
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