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Mitsubishi is following up the Detroit debut of its sporty yet enviro-conscious Concept-CT with this, the Concept-EZ MIEV. The EZ features the same in-wheel motors and high-density Li-ion batteries to drive all four wheels. Each motor produces almost 27 hp, which adds up to a grand total of 108 electrical equine. By ditching the traditional powertrain with its center tunnel, the EZ has a voluminous interior that can be configured in Lounge mode (seats arranged in a circle), Transport mode (seats folded under floor for max cargo space) and Driving mode (conventional seating for five adults).

With all the time, money and effort Mitsu has sunk into its in-wheel motor technology, we’re hoping the technology sees the light of a production day soon so the company can see a return on its investment.

Check out the official press release after the jump. We’ll have Alberto swing by and get live shots later.
EZ:    "Easy"- describes the easy-to-use nature of the interior and the vehicle's leisurely functionality

MIEV:    Mitsubishi In-wheel motor Electric Vehicle

MITSUBISHI Concept-EZ MIEV walkaround
  • The distinctive design projects high-stability road-hugging looks with a wheel-at-a-corner layout made possible by using an outer-rotor type in-wheel motor in each wheel to drive the mono-box body.
  • The under-floor lithium-ion battery system keeps the floor low and flat, allowing MITSUBISHI Concept-EZ MIEV to offer roomy passenger space and seating arrangement versatility that matches a large mono-box model within compact 3700 mm (L) x 1800 mm (W) x 1750 mm (H) dimensions.
  • Taking maximum advantage of the absence of a centerline powertrain that distinguishes the MIEV concept, MITSUBISHI Concept-EZ MIEV provides three innovative seating arrangements: Lounge mode - A conference room-like space with the seats arranged in a circle, Transport mode -  Cavernous luggage space with the rear seats stowed under the floor, Driving mode - Appropriate for normal driving conditions, spacious and comfortable seating for five adults.
  • With no central pillar, the double-opening doors on the left side (the rear door swings on hinges located at the rear of the vehicle) enhance passenger entry and exit as well as facilitating loading and unloading of luggage.
  • MITSUBISHI Concept-EZ MIEV is powered by a 20 kW outer-rotor in-wheel motor at each wheel, for a maximum output of 80 kW (110 ps). Making upgrades in power and torque easy, this type of in-wheel motor also offers significant advantages in terms of space and operating efficiency, and in weight reduction.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      it's look like sweet. what's the charge time li-ion batteries?
      • 9 Years Ago
      MITSUBISHI keeps showing concepts with this electric motor in the wheel technology but when are they actually gonna use it?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Just do it Mitsubishi!!!
      Mitsubishi must do somethig that will set them apart form others in order to succed (in USA).
      MIEV is the greatest think .
      They should speed up the proces..
      Someone else will capitalise on it soon...
      • 9 Years Ago
      MITSUBISHI keeps showing concepts with this electric motor in the wheel technology but when are they actually gonna use it?

      Posted at 7:51PM on Feb 28th 2006 by ocnj179 0 stars

      Good question. At present, the company stated 2010 as its goal, but there are rumors that the release date will be notched up to 2008. See what they have to say in April.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Such a cool looking automobile! Even better it runs on alternative energy. This car would do well in an urban setting.

      • 9 Years Ago
      This company's internal flame is still light and there is more to come. Soon all of its recent events will be history and quality will no longer be a mystery.