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Mitsubishi i-MiEV Evolution Scores 2nd Place @ 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Lately, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation completed the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) held in Colorado, United States from August 7 to August 12 with one i-MiEV Evolution (specially-built racecar) and one more Mitsubishi i. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is known as Mitsubishi I in North America. Both cars are 100% electric-powered car.

 

It is the second oldest motor sports race in America and a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. The race is ran on a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of America’s Mountain; Pikes Peak!

 

From team Mitsubishi, Mr. Hiroshi Masuoka and Ms. Beccy Gordon competed the race with two all electric-cars, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV Evolution and a regular production i.

 

Mitsubishi i-MiEV @ 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

 

Hiroshi Masuoka, Team Principal of Mitsubishi Motors and driver of the i-MiEV Evolution, finished second in the Electric Vehicle class with a time of 10:30.850. He was the eighth overall fastest in a field of 170 cars. This was the first time that the Japanese driver and the team competed in the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

 

Off the start line, Masuoka displayed tremendous pace. The electric vehicle’s instant torque and powerful acceleration meant that Masuoka did not waste much time getting up to speed. He split the first timing beam in 1:56.862. By then, Masuoka had already raced a distance of more than 11 kilometres and had climbed more than 2,500 feet above the starting line.

 

By the end of the race, Masuoka had tackled 156 corners, raced a distance of 20 kilometres and finished 4,720 feet above where he started.

 

“I am very happy to finish the race. I want to thank the crew, engineers and the team for putting the car back together. The car felt fantastic and I was able to push the performance to the edge,” said an elated Hiroshi Masuoka. “It is a great finish for the whole team. I am pleased with the result.”

 

Mitsubishi i-MiEV @ 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

 

His teammate, Beccy Gordon who drove the production i-MiEV also finished the race. Her i-MiEV completed the climb in 15:10.557. She proved that the i-MiEV possessed the capability and performance to climb Pikes Peak, one of the most challenging races in the world.

 

Beccy’s primary objective was to finish the race, which would enable the Mitsubishi’s engineers to gather data. The data will be used to further improve the i-MiEV as well as the research and development of future Mitsubishi EV models. 

 

Beccy Gordon, the driver of the production Mitsubishi i looked back at the event and said “I am very excited about both cars making it to the top in this very difficult Hill Climb. The Mitsubishi i proved its impressive performance by climbing the steep hills from the start to finish line without any reduction in performance. It was a lot of fun driving this electric vehicle, and it was a great challenge that made me realize the further prospects of electric vehicles in the future.

 

“Being the only female in her class, Beccy drove a strong race. The i-MiEV performed steadily as both car and driver navigated the snaking road that led up to the peak. It started to rain once Beccy reached 12,760 feet above sea level, a point also known as the ‘Bottomless Pit’.

 

Photo Gallery: Mitsubishi i-MiEV @ 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

 

Mazda to Lease Demio EV in Japan from October 2012

In Japan, Mazda will be beginning leasing the Demio EV from October 2012. As you may already know, the Mazda Demio is known as Mazda2 outside Japan.

Mazda Demio EV

The Mazda Demio EV is using a highly efficient lithium-ion battery and Mazda’s unique electric motor. It achieves an outstanding driving range of 200km (JC08 mode test cycle, measured by Mazda). The Demio EV maintains the same cabin space and cargo carrying capacity as the base model Demio. As a zero-emission vehicle that emits no carbon dioxide or other pollutants Mazda intends to lease approximately 100 units in total, mainly to local governments and corporate customers in the Chugoku region of Western Japan.

 

Mazda Demio EV

 

Mazda employs a Building Block Strategy, which begins with thorough improvements in base automotive technologies, such as developing more efficient engines and reducing vehicle weight, and builds on these improvements with the step by step introduction of electric devices such as regenerative braking and hybrid systems. In anticipation of a future society which will make ever greater use of a variety of renewable energy sources, Mazda has a long history of research and development into electric powered vehicles. Through the lease program, Mazda intends to gain further knowledge of electric drive technology and the usefulness of such products to the customer.

 

Mazda Demio EV specifications and price

 

Model name

Demio EV

Drive

FF

Seating capacity

5

Dimensions and weight

Overall length/width/height*1

3900mm/1695mm/1490mm

Vehicle weight*1

1180kg

Performance

AC electric power consumption
(JC08 mode test cycle)*1

100Wh/km

Driving range on a single charge
(JC08 mode test cycle)*1

200km

Drive battery

Type

Lithium-Ion batteries

Total voltage*1

346V

Total torque*1

20kWh

Motor

Max. output*1

75kW<102PS>/5200-12000rpm

Max. torque*1

150Nm<15.3kgfm>/0-2800rpm

Charging time

Normal charge (AC200V·15A)*2

Approx. 8 hours (full charge)

Fast charge*3

Approx. 40 minutes (80% charge)

Price (yen) (including tax)

3,577,000

*1 Measured by Mazda

*2 Amount of time required to charge battery after low battery warning light comes on. Given time is only a guide. Actual charging time may vary depending on air temperature and power source.

*3 Amount of time required when using a 50kW fast charger. Given time is only a guide. Actual charging time may vary depending on specifications of the charger.

 

Photo Gallery: Mazda Demio EV

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Introduced First Four Nissan LEAF Ambassadors

Precisely on yesterday – 16 July in One Utama, Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) has introduced their first 4 Nissan LEAF ambassadors –Daniel Yap, Jason Goh, Yoong Huey Yee and Rizman Harith Merican for its ‘Journey To Zero Emission’ program, the first program in Malaysia which involves a Nissan electric vehicle (EV).

 

 

The ambassadors will be the first few to use the EV in their daily lives for up to 6 weeks. They will share their daily experience with friends and the public via different mediums such as video clips, write-ups as well as to provide valuable feedback to ETCM on the performance of LEAF in local conditions.

 

 

ETCM’s executive director, Dato’ Dr. Ang Bon Beng commented, “We have received tremendous response for the ‘Journey To Zero Emission’ program. Selecting the first 4 ambassadors proved to be a much more difficult task than we initially thought; simply because of the many high quality submissions that we have received!”

 

The LEAF ambassador application is still open and the previous applicants still stand a chance to be selected. ETCM would like to have as many Malaysians experience the LEAF in real life situations to create a better understanding of the EVs.

 

“Do not be discouraged if your application was not selected in the first phase.  This program is ongoing and do submit your application fast as you may be the next ambassador!” added Dato’ Dr. Ang.

 

ETCM is proud to introduce the LEAF in Malaysiain its ‘Journey To Zero Emission’ to support the government’s green direction, and also Nissan’s commitment to be the global leader in zero emission mobility.

 

ETCM invites all to see, feel and explore the world’s first mass-produced 100% EV, Nissan LEAF at the following venues:-

 

Date

Venue

July 11 to 16

1 Utama Shopping Center, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

July 26 to 29

Queensbay Mall,Penang

August 3 to 5

Mahkota Parade, Malacca

August 10 to 12

Sunway Pyramid, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

September 12 to 16

1 Utama Shopping Center, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

October 5 to 7

Alor Setar Mall, Alor Setar, Kedah

November 7 to 11

1 Utama Shopping Center, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

November 23 to 25

East Coast Mall, Kuantan, Pahang

December 26 to January 1

1 Utama Shopping Center, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Mitsubishi i-MiEV showcased at the 25th World Gas Conference 2012

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia is currently showcasing the Mitsubishi 100% electric car at the 25th World Gas Conference (WGC 2012) until 8 June 2012 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

The WGC 2012 is hosted by PETRONAS and organised by the International Gas Union (IGU), the conference also and exhibition will seek to address the developments in the energy sector, with a prime focus on the global gas industry. Themed “Gas: Sustaining Future Global Growth”, WGC2012 will showcase major achievements and milestones accomplished by the global gas industry.

 

WGC 2012 also known as the ‘Olympics of the Gas Industry’ will feature, amongst others, a Concept Village which will accommodate 5,000 industry professionals as well as 10,000 trade visitors.

 

Accordingly, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia was ahead of Edaran Tan Chong Motor , the representative of Nissan in Malaysia to bring in a mass-produced Electric Vehicle (EV) to Malaysia. This showcase in WGC 2012 will be held to create awareness on zero-emission of electric vehicles as well as to share the viability and practicality of electric vehicles.

 

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is powered by electricity which producing 49 kW of power and 180 Nm of instant torque. The EV can be recharged from a regular home socket. With a top speed of 130 km/h, the four-seater vehicle can run up to 150km* after charging eight hours at 230 volts. The i-MiEV also accelerates strongly and linearly for easy passing.

 

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is based on the gasoline-powered i minicar, but instead of an internal combustion engine, its sole power source is a lithium-ion battery pack powering a permanent magnet electric motor. The 330V battery is located under the floor deck, while the electric motor is housed under the luggage compartment.

 

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation Japan brought the i-MiEV new-generation electric vehicle (EV) to market in Japan in July 2009. Since then, MMC has racked up an impressive record in promoting their full scale popularization. Although the i-MiEV has just been in the market for three years since its launch in Japan, MMC has been making steady progress in taking the i-MiEV to the world, following its introduction in European markets at the end of 2010 and the launched in North America at the end of 2011. To date, MMC have already produced more than 20,000 units.

 

*Measured by NEDC (New European Drive Cycle)

EV Charging Services in Japan under Testing at Gas Stations

As part of the process of introducing the Electric Vehicles (EV) in Japan, 4 Japanese oil wholesalers are currently testing fixed-fee EV charging services.

 

 

JX Nippon Oil, Idemitsu Kosan Co, Cosmo Oil Co. and Showa Shell Sekiyu KK are collaborating to test a fixed-fee EV charging service at 27 of their affiliated gas stations in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture during the first quarter of 2012.

 

The members of the “EV Service Station Network” will be able to charge their plug-in vehicles at stations affiliated with any of the four members.

 

JX Nippon Oil, which currently has the most participating stations, plans to start the monthly fee at ¥3,000 for individuals, as well as corporate card holders. For that amount, customers will be able to recharge their electric-vehicle batteries at any of the 27 participating stations.