Although lower emissions if very much the trend these days, Mitsubishi faces an uphill battle with this vehicle. Japanese consumers are likely to suffer sticker shock when they see the tax inclusive price of ¥4,599,000 ($47,544). Potential new customers will most certainly weigh their needs when they see the cost.
The tiny electric car has a lithium-ion battery center-mounted under the floor, with power being sent to a unit mounted in the boot. Mitsubishi claims a range of 160 km (100 miles) when the car is driven under normal urban conditions. The battery can be recharged to 80 percent capacity in about half an hour when using a 200 V, 50 kW three-phase power source. Using standard outlets, the car goes from empty to fully-charged in either seven or 14 hours, depending on the voltage used. Regenerative braking also helps to recharge the battery pack.
Ultimately, the driver gets a motor rated at 47kW, with 180 Nm of torque available almost immediately. Mitsubishi did not release figures related to either the car's acceleration, top speed, or quarter-mile times. We do know that the driver will have three different drive modes to choose from, including "maximum fun," "maximum economy," and "maximum regenerative."
Inside, the driver will be fed data through an instrument cluster with a few meters we would expect to see on an electric-powered vehicle. Along with power consumption and energy recovery information, the driver is also given information about range, and remaining power. This system is powered by a computer operating system developed specifically for this car. An optional, multimedia system running off a solid-state hard drive is also available.
Headlamps are fully LED, as is the rear lighting clusters.