• Aug 23rd 2010 at 7:57AM
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Can the Mitsubishi i-MiEV successfully travel across Canada's vast expanses? Well, the simple answer is yes, of course it can. That is, provided that you have ample time to complete the journey and some Eaton quick-charging systems along your planned route. With these prerequisites, the electric vehicles (EVs) have virtually unlimited range, right? Obviously, EVs are not meant to be driven across an entire country, but the Clean Across Canada Tour is attempting to prove that it can be done.

The Clean Across Canada Tour kicked off in Cape Spear, located on the Avalon Peninsula near St John's, Newfoundland, and will continue for 28 days until the lone i-MiEV reaches Vancouver, British Columbia. The i-MiEV is expected to travel 75 miles per day and its progress can be tracked by clicking here.

Mitsubishi Motors organized the tour in order to prove one simple point: for Canadians, "a zero-emissions vehicle is a viable reality for all of their city driving needs." Koji Soga, chief executive officer of Mitsubishi Motor Sales Canada, spoke of the importance of the tour, stating:
For us, the Clean Across Canada Tour is our way of showcasing the technology and capability of this no compromise urban vehicle. The i-MiEV represents our values of renewable production, clean air technology, alternative fuel and conservation as represented by our tagline 'Drive@Earth'. These are the values that guide our company and they were the values we held close in the development of the i-MiEV.
Hat tip to Keith and Eli!

[Source: Clean Across Canada]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice job, Mitsu! The iMiev rocks across Canada!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm the driver in the Mitsubishi iMiEV and for the record we are averaging 175 miles per day with our longest drive day being roughly 420 miles. With regard to the 4 weeks required for our journey... we could complete the journey in less time but our mandate is to educate and inform as we go. Each day we have an event and invite consumers and the press. Tomorrow we are in Sault Saint Marie at the local dealership. Check out our website and see when we'll be in your neighbourhood - come by and say hello.

      If you want to more about the car or the tour pop by:


      • 5 Years Ago
      So it will take them 40 days to get across canada, being it's 3000 miles across. What's the point of proving that it can go 3000 miles in 40 days? and using that to market ev's on their city driving capability?

      Would people hear about the trip on the news or online and go "oooooo honey! That thing can go across canada in just under a month and a half!" And that is somehow supposed to scream out the obviousness of it's capability to be "perfect for all my city driving!" ??? It just seems there would be many more affective ways to show people how they can fit an ev in to their lives. Like having a several hundred ev driver team that used only their ev's for a month or two and publicly spoke about their positive results being able to easily drive to work and back and run regular errands without any range anxiety, etc etc etc.

      Limping across a continent using 40 quick charges will make the battery last how long? This just isn't a good example.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the point is to show off the car. After all, if you check the pictures, they have a huge truck traveling with them, that they use to recharge the vehicle. Not exactly environmentally friendly. They are taking the car to each city, so people can check it out.

        Even though I much prefer the Leaf, I going to check this car out when it arrives in Vancouver in mid-September.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They won't be recharging only with the quick-charger, or they'd be able to make the trip in far less time than that, and they'd be able to make far better than 75 miles a day.

        To be honest, I'm wondering why they would have any trouble finding quick-charge stations, *especially* since they're brining an RV with them - Less than 2 hours at an RV park providing 50 amp service (assuming a continuous draw of 40 amps @240 volts, and assuming that the system can handle that much for 2 hours straight) would charge a 16Kwh pack from totally empty. Drive for an hour-on-hour-off kind of schedule, and you can easily make *300* miles a day, if you only drive for 10 hours a day.

        I don't think this is about the miles. I think it's about the stops in between, where they show off the car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think stunts like this only serve to highlight EVs weakness. There are not designed for cross country trips. Why not show them in their natural environment where people can envision themselves using them? Telling folks "we drove cross country 40 miles at a time and had to recharge for 30-45 minutes at a pop" will not endear EVs to the average consumer who has to buy EVs to make them commercially viable. EV fans may love this type of thing but there is not enough of them to make these vehicles profitable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Our xcountry ev has a range of 300 kms on a single 4 hour charge. Plus Mitsubishi has support trucks. We're doing it using existing 50 amp RV hookups and we'll make it in 2 weeks instead of 4.

        • 5 Years Ago
        In which case, Mitsubishi *won't* be the first to cross Canada in an EV, you will!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like to see them try that trip in January.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Depending on how you measure Canada, it's roughly 3600-4100 miles across. 75 miles per day over 28 days = 2100 miles. What gives?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully we will run into one another. We're also driving an EV across Canada.

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