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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
to Provide i MiEV Electric Vehicles to Southern California
Edison's Industry Leading EV Technical Center for Joint Testing
Innovative Four-Passenger Electric
Car Delivery in Fourth Quarter 2008
Tokyo - Mitsubishi Motors
Corporation (MMC) announced today that it has signed a letter of
intent with Southern California Edison (SCE) to forge a unique
collaboration for testing and evaluation of the new i MiEV
According to Tohru Hashimoto,
Corporate General Manager of the i MiEV Business Promotion
Office of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, "The small,
four-passenger Mitsubishi i MiEVs will enter into SCE's
nationally-recognized prototype testing and evaluation program.
This collaboration with one of the nation's leading utility
supporters of electric vehicles will provide us technical
feedback on i MiEV vehicle and battery performance, as well as
vehicle connection and integration into the electrical system."
Extensive testing with the i MiEV
has been occurring over the past two years with seven major
utility companies in Japan. The success of these programs
quickened the pace and prompted Mitsubishi Motors to begin
selling the electric vehicle in the Japan market in summer of
The rise in interest for electric
vehicles and other alternative-fuel propulsion systems is
dramatically shaping the way automakers and utility companies
are approaching the opportunity. Through this program, SCE hopes
to help Mitsubishi Motors gauge how electric vehicles will most
effectively connect to the smart grid of the future and the next
generation Edison SmartConnectTM advanced meters.
addition, the collaboration may explore future requirements for
vehicle communication and connection, helping enable new
customer values associated with home energy management and
MiEV electric vehicle, which is based on Mitsubishi's "i"
gasoline-powered mini car on sale in Japan, adapts a
zero-emissions state-of-the-art electric drivetrain. A durable
330-volt lithium-ion battery system is located under the floor
deck and powers a permanent magnet electric motor.
With this packaging, the i MiEV is
able to offer the same level of interior utility and space as
the gasoline version while lowering the center of gravity for
more stable handling. The 47 kW electric motor offers improved
performance and quicker acceleration over the 64-hp gasoline
"Southern California Edison has more than
20 years and 16 million EV miles of experience operating the nation's
largest private fleet of electric vehicles," said Edward Kjaer, SCE's
director of electric transportation. "This new EV collaboration with
Mitsubishi complements SCE's existing work on plug-in hybrids and
next-generation advanced batteries and their effective connection and
control by Edison's next-generation meters"
The advanced lithium-ion battery is
developed by the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation / Mitsubishi Corporation
/ GS Yuasa joint venture company, Lithium Energy Japan. LEJ represents
the leading edge in battery technology and promises up to 100 miles*1 of
zero-emissions, economical driving on a single charge when packaged in
the i MiEV.
*1 Japan 10-15 Mode Cycle
(August 8, 2008)