History of Mitsubishi Motors Electric Vehicles
  1. The first Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) EV was built in 1971.
  2. MMC provided power companies and the government with approximately 150 EVs.

in the Mitsubishi Group’s PR magazine issued in 1972

History of Mitsubishi Motors Electric Vehicles
  1. Long History: EV R&D from the late 1960’s
  2. PHEV (40 mile ZEV range Li-ion w/ CNG engine) tested by ARB mid-1990’s
  3. New Era: Announcement of MiEV Project in October 2006

Achieved a World Record for EV Distance
Total distance 2,142km in 24 Hrs 【Repeat of Drive for 50 min @130km/h and Quick charge for 20 min 】
Guinness World Records Certificate On 19-20 Dec.,1999
Vehicle Specifications

Overall Length x Width x Height 3395 x 1475 x 1600 mm
(134” X 58” X 63”)
Curb Weight 1080 kg (2376 lbs.)
Seating Capacity 4
Max. Speed 130 km/h (81 mph)
Cruising Distance with a Single Charge (1015 mode) 160 km (100 miles)



Max. Output

Max. Torque

Permanent magnet synchronous
47 kW (63 hp)
180 Nm (133 ft-lbs.)
Drive System Rear wheel drive



Total Voltage

Total Energy

330 V
16 kWh
Three-way Charging System
Power supply    Charging time
Household charger 220V (15A)
110V (15A)
6 hours (Full)
12 hours (Full)
Quick charger    Three-phase
200V, 50kW
Approx. 30 min.


Significant Hardware Technology

Lithium-ion Battery
High capacity battery module (max.16kWh) installed under the floor panel without  modification. Batteries can be oriented vertically or horizontally.
Establishment of Battery Manufacturing Company

December 2007, GS Yuasa, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation established a Battery Manufacturing Company “LITHIUM ENERGY JAPAN”.

Small, high-efficiency motor technologies
Sportier and quieter driving than the i ‘s turbo-charged engine (660cc)
Operating System ( MiEV OS)

MiEV – Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle – generic term for Mitsubishi Motors proprietary electric vehicle technologies

System Schema

Selector Lever
Same Quality Standards as all Mitsubishi Motors’ Vehicles





Mass Production

Production debut on June 5th, 2009
Future Development Plan
Cooperation with other automaker
  • MOU was concluded with PSA Peugeot Citroen company on March 2, 2009.
    MMC will develop electric cars for Europe based on MiEV and produce and supply them to PSA Peugeot Citroen.
Why Quickcharge?

•Allows lighter, lower cost battery pack – battery pack sized for daily commute (40 mile typical) use.
•Provides infrastructure solution for inner city multi- family residences

Design Goal – Success!

  • 5 minute charge for 40km (25 miles) driving range
  • 10 minute charge for 60km (37 miles) driving range


JARI QuickCharger Use Summary

•Prototype Testing started in 2005
•For more than four years, three different Automakers are using 9-16 kWh battery to charge EVs.
•Mass Production started in Spring 2009.

Quickcharger with Solar Array
Convenience Store installation


Current Quickcharger Locations
Infrastructure Development

Market Actions to Support EV Introduction

For Initial Introduction, the important actions are Consumer Education and Purchase Incentives.

  1. New Type of Vehicle – purchased and operated in a new way.
    How to show benefits to general vehicle user?
  2. Creative Purchase Incentives/User Perks
    •HOV access?
    •Free Tolls/Parking
    •Free Charging
    •Others? – Eliminate Registration Fees/Sales Tax/Fuel Tax

For Long Term Success, the most important action is Infrastructure

  1. Easy, low cost and efficient Home Charging installation process.
  2. Public Quickcharging Infrastructure
Mitsubishi Motors is leading the way toward wide-spread electric vehicle use.
  1. The launch in the Japanese Market -COMPLETE
  2. Evaluating the launch of the i MiEVin the global market
  3. Expansion of the EV and EV components business globally.
JARI Vehicle & Charger Concept

1. Master/Slave Design: Vehicle ECU controls the Charger.

    • The Universal DC Charger allows for a variety of charging protocols and supports diverse battery and vehicle design requirements.
  • Vehicle controls the charger output voltage and current via CANbus communication.

2. Maximum Power: Up to 100kW (500V/200A) – Suitable for EVs and PHEVs

3. Grid Power Requirement:
Typical — 208V/3-phase, 240V/3-phase, 480V/3-phase, etc.


Tirana Last Mile 
June 2018