Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New Reveal At Geneva : 2009 Mitsubishi i MiEV Sport Air Concept

Mitsubishi revealed the latest iteration of its iMiEV Sport this morning in Geneva, the Sport Air. This year's version is marginally longer (20 mm) and taller for what Mitsubishi describes as a "more technical" look to the car's teardrop shape. While the new concept doesn't look dramatically different, some of the contours are a bit sharper, and solar power cells are embedded in the lower portion of the windshield and the removable glass roof. Sorry to say this, it looks like a squashed egg.
The iMiEV Sport Air uses an aluminum space frame to carry its lithium ion battery and electric drive system, which help limit mass to just 940 kg. The motor gets a bump from the standard iMiEV's 47 kW to 60 kW which helps acceleration, and the range climbs from 100 miles to 120 miles, although Mitsubishi has declined to specify whether the new battery is larger.
No word yet on when it will go into production, and we aren't interest either. Though, this could only be for the Japanese market. So not everything that works in Japan should work in the rest of the world.

Source : [Mitsubishi]

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