• Feb 5, 2011
TGMY electric conversion of the Mitsuoka Himiko – Click above to watch the video after the jump

The Mitsuoka Himiko roadster has received an electric makeover that adds green cred to its retro-style allure. TGMY, the company responsible for the conversion, debuted the car at the 2011 Japan EV show, and the two-seater got at least as much attention for how far it could go - the stated range is 341.8 miles - as it did for its looks.

Typically, the Himiko comes with the running gear found in the Mazda Miata that it's based on, but instead of a 2.0 liter DOHC gas engine and a 6-speed manual, TGMY's version features an AC induction motor and controller from Azure Dynamics mated to a 2-speed gearbox from Shigehara Inc. The batteries that give the electric Himiko its industry-leading range are lithium polymer.

Orders are expected to be taken during the second half 2011. Hopefully by then we'll have more details regarding specs, performance and pricing. For now, though, hit the jump for video of the car being presented by company president Takashi Ashida. Thanks to David for the tip!

[Source: Diginfo / TGMY]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      BTW: 500km = 310mi
      • 3 Years Ago
      This kind of looks like crap
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the important part of this post is the RANGE. How does a small, insignificant faux car maker get a 340 mile range? Is that entire "classic" hood filled with batteries? It doesn't seem as if there is a range-extending petrol engine like the Volt et al, and the Leaf has a what, 100 mile range? Maybe this is just hyperbole/prevarication from Mitsuoka?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Minor detail but if you read the article you'll notice that TGMY is the company that did the conversion. They took a stock Mitsuoka Himiko and converted it to electric -- they probably could have done the same with a normal Miata but I'm guessing the unique shape of the Himiko's front end might have let them stuff a few more batteries in there...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Going through the video (if the translation is accurate) the "presenter" states the "500km" range as a goal, emulating the Tesla - and in no way says this is a tested, functional range - only effectively an estimate. Can't say it's not possible, but his words say, they don't know yet, either. Needs chrome wire knockoffs !
      • 3 Years Ago
      Except for the rims, that is one very nice looking take on a British-inspired car.

      While I honestly am a little skeptical of the range, if that number is accurate, it would pretty much represent the range that I think EVs need to see mass-market acceptance.
        • 3 Years Ago
        True the 300 mile range is the magic number in my eyes for people to seriously consider a EV. Right now I have a rental 2010 Sentra and I've got close to 300 miles to the tank (3 tanks so far 280-300 miles). If a EV can pull similar numbers off of one complete charge then people will feel comfortable and know that if they forget to charge the car for one night they won't be stuck at work or worse on the road. 300 miles is about a 7 fulls days of driving for myself so I'm using that as a measuring stick.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are those headlights normally found on a Mini?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Many small volume manufacturers have historically used head lights. turn signal and tail light assemblies form mass volume manufacturers, because ironically, these are some of the most expensive items to tool for.

        This was common practice for Maserati, DeTomaso, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and even Ferrari up to the 80's.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yep. I have it. Exactly the same.
        And unless this thing is just a different name, it is a copy of the Morgan
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes, specifically those made from 02-06... weird.
      • 3 Years Ago
      someone change the wheels please
        • 3 Years Ago
        Those wheels are like dirty white sneakers on a Wall-Street banker in a business suit.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's a Miata. Those look like the budget Miata wheels. Also the interior is right out of the Miata.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ditto, those wheels do not fit the car at all.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a Morgan to me.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like the result of a Prowler raping an XK-120. That range is amazing, though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Much better than their previous products and something that consumers would actually think of seriously buying (unlike the Galue and the Orochi, which are interesting to look at but not much more).
      • 3 Years Ago
      If that range is accurate, I'm impressed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A better looking Morgan.
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