More details have been released about the Mitsubishi CA-MiEV. According to Mitsubishi, the CA-MiEV electric vehicle can travel 186 miles (300 km) per charge (at least on the Japanese testing cycle, so this means that it would achieve a lower range on an EPA test).
Mitsubishi said that this vehicle’s efficiency is the result of a high-efficiency motor, inverter, improved regenerative braking performance that enables it to generate more electricity, and lightweight components.
The CA-MiEV also has a resonant induction charging system. This means it can be charged wirelessly. These systems operate by inducing an electromagnetic field in a primary coil of wire using an alternating current, and that magnetic field wirelessly induces a voltage and current in the secondary coil, which is in the car. That current charges the car battery.
Resonant induction charging is not as efficient as simply plugging the vehicle into a conventional electrical outlet, and electric vehicles need to be as efficient as possible. However, this type of charger enables this car to charge automatically, even in the rain or when parked over a charger at your office, which may be a reality one day. This convenience might help to attract prospective EV purchasers.
The CA-MiEV vehicle also has the following features:
- A 28 kWh battery bank that powers its 107 HP (80 kW) electric motor.
- A front-wheel drive (FWD, 2WD) system.
- Zero tailpipe emissions, which is a major start, as conventional automobiles travel through and pollute all areas, even residential ones.
- Height: 5 feet (1,550 mm / 1.5 metres).
- Width: 5.8 feet (1775 mm / 1.77 metres).
- Length: 13.2 feet (4050 mm / 4 metres).
- Wheelbase: 8.36 feet (2,550 mm / 2.5 metres).
- 5 seats.
- Weight: 2,862 pounds (1,300 kg).