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Mitsubishi to provide i MiEV BEV’s to both SCE and PG&E for testing and evaluation

BEV_deliveries are scheduled for late fall of 2008.

http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2009_Mitsubishi_iMIEV_in_NY_City.jpg
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug. 7, 2008

2009 Mitsubishi’s iMiEV BEV in NY City earlier this year.

Tokyo -- Mitsubishi, Southern California Edison (SCE) and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) have forged a unique collaboration for testing and evaluation of the new iMiEV battery electric vehicle (BEV).

Extensive iMiEV testing has been conducted 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 BEV in the Japan market in summer of 2009.

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"The small, four-passenger Mitsubishi iMiEV’s will enter into SCE's nationally-recognized prototype testing and evaluation program,” said Tohru Hashimoto, Corporate General Manager of the iMiEV Business Promotion Office of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. “This collaboration with one of the nation's leading utility supporters of BEV’s will provide us technical feedback on iMiEV vehicle and battery performance, as well as vehicle connection and integration into the electrical system."

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The rise in interest in BEV’s and other alternative-fuel propulsion systems is dramatically reshaping the way automakers and utility companies think about transportation. Through this program, SCE hopes to help Mitsubishi gauge how electric vehicles will most effectively connect to the smart grid of the future and the next generation Edison SmartConnect™ advanced meters. In addition, the collaboration may explore future requirements for vehicle communication and connection, helping enable new customer values associated with home energy management and control.

"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."

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Through daily use, PG&E will gauge the viability of utilizing all-electric vehicles in its operations and further understand the impact of charging electric vehicles on the electric grid. The testing will provide PG&E and Mitsubishi Motors with vehicle usage data, which will be used to publicly demonstrate and validate the many benefits of dedicated electric vehicles within the California market.

"PG&E has been researching the benefits of electric vehicles since the nineties. Partnering with automakers like Mitsubishi is vital to developing compatible infrastructures to support electric vehicles in the marketplace and ensure responsible integration with the grid," said Andrew Tang, senior director of smart energy web for PG&E. "By working with Mitsubishi, we will both benefit from a free exchange of electric vehicle information that includes charging infrastructure availability, vehicle data, vehicle commercialization expectations and public feedback."

The iMiEV BEV, 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 iMiEV 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 than the 64-hp gasoline version.

The advanced lithium-ion battery is developed by the Mitsubishi Motors, Mitsubishi Corporation, GS Yuasa joint venture company and Lithium Energy Japan. LEJ represents the leading edge in battery technology and promises up to *100 miles of zero-emissions, economical driving on a single charge when packaged in the iMiEV.

* 100 miles on the Japan 10-15 Mode Cycle equates to possibly 60 miles on the 08 EPA test cycles.
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these articles always make me kind of angry. why the heck can't <insert North American car company here> do something like this?
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Re: Mitsubishi to provide i MiEV BEV’s to both SCE and PG&E for testing and evaluatio

Hi DocOc:

___Because the big 2.5 still believe the future of transportation involves a gasoline pump. Let me pull some quotes if I can find them…

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Hi DocOc:

___Here is the first one…

“We believe gasoline engines are, and will remain, an integral part of our future," said Nancy Gioia, Ford Motor Company director of Sustainable Mobility Technology Lab and Hybrid Vehicle Programs.

___GM sees the writing on the wall but I do not believe Ford or Chrysler’s vision can see through the Fog nearly as clearly? I have seen GM makes statements about the internal combustion engine being the engine of choice for the near future but the mindset is being turned on a dime as they continue to ready for total electrification. Just not to the same degree as the Japanese are readying is all

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Re: Mitsubishi to provide i MiEV BEV’s to both SCE and PG&E for testing and evaluatio

Anyone know which Li chemistry they're using?
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Re: Mitsubishi to provide i MiEV BEV’s to both SCE and PG&E for testing and evaluatio

Thanks for the reply Wayne.
I'm just venting because the choices that we have in North America are very limited when it comes to cars. I can either buy an overpowered gasoline engine 'compact car' or an overpriced hybrid...neither of those choices is very appealing to me, but my next car will probably be a compact such as the kia rio. i would absolutely love to have the diesel civic hatchback they have in europe, or even another midsize european car like the renault megane.
EV wise, there are some like Zenn (I live about an hour out of Toronto) but the Ontario government, along with other provinces, have not declared the Zenns street-legal as of yet. And I'm pretty sure that when they do there will be quite a stampede to get one, which will bring the prices way up.
Anyways, you dont have to respond to my rant, but thanks for the article. I'm kind of hopeful now that we'll see some of this action in the next 5-10years.
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Hi Dan:

___I can bet Andrew will add some detail later on this evening (our time) when he wakes up. I doubt they are A123Systems like LiFePO4 due to patent concerns and you can be sure they are not using straight LiCoO2 due to thermal runaway. Lots of work has been done on a number of chemistries but I have no idea?

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Re: Mitsubishi to provide i MiEV BEV’s to both SCE and PG&E for testing and evaluatio

I hope you put your name on the list to get one for review by CleanMPG .

Figured since PG&E had one, we should get one for P&GE (pulse and glide experimentation).

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Here are the batteries they are using, at least for the testing.

http://lithiumenergy.jp/en/products/index.html
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"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


Does anyone know which cars they use ? How many ?
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