Tech-On also brings us news that the i-MiEV has been given the go-ahead for field tests and is now much closer to commercial availability. The revamped i-MiEV is quieter, has lighter powertrain components and could be for sale by 2009 with lithium ion batteries. Details available at Tech-On but I'll relay these figures: 160 km range from a full charge that takes 7 hours (220V) or 14 hours (100V).
UPDATE: Domenick makes another good catch, found at the Car Connection, which gives slightly different numbers: "A microwave wireless recharging system is used. The transmitter is housed on the garage floor, and a receiver is mounted under the lithium ion batteries. Recharging takes 17 hours at 100 volts input. Using 200 volts cuts the time in half, and an 80-percent charge can be obtained in 35 minutes with a 200-volt quick charger."
- The Sun drives the Mitsubishi MiEV and finds it acceptable
- CAR likes the Mitsubishi i-EV even better than the gas version
- Mitsubishi iMiEV gets 20-30 percent more range from new battery
- Tokyo Preview: More official pictures of Mitsubishi's i-MiEV sport
- Mitsubishi's i-EV moving towards production, available perhaps in 2008
[Source: Autoblog, Tech-On, h/t to Domenick]