• Jul 28th 2011 at 8:51AM
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X-ray of Mitsubishi i-MiEV – Click above for high-res image

Ever wonder what an X-ray image of an electric vehicle would reveal? No? Well, that's okay, 'cause, honestly, neither have we. Mitsubishi must think we're dying to know what such an image would expose, though and, to that end, released an X-ray scan of its battery-powered i-MiEV.

Frankly, there's just not much to see. That purplish rectangle in the center of the i-MiEV is its 440-pound lithium-ion battery pack and them green objects out back include the electric motor, the vehicle's inverter and its on-board charger. The rest consists of typical automotive stuff (i.e. driveshafts, suspension bits, a windshield wiper and so on).

What the image does show is that space seems to almost magically appear when an internal combustion engine is ripped out and replaced with an electric powertrain. Let's hear your thoughts on the X-rayed i-MiEV by dropping a comment below.




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      Ford Future
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since the engine looks forward of the rear axle, then it's mid-engine. Esp. if you consider the battery weight. Perfect design. Good traction, braking and handling?
        GoodCheer
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        I got to test drive one (very briefly) at an industry show this spring. Its road manners, acceleration, and cornering confidence were far above my expectation (... I mean, it does look like a rolling jelly-bean). The low battery weight and RWD no doubt help a lot. I was still somewhat of a tight, stiff ride, as you would expect from a fairly light car with small wheels, but overall I was impressed.
      Aaron Gleason
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait, the i is rear-wheel drive?
        uncle_sam
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Aaron Gleason
        Yes the Mitsubishi I is the bigger us spec versio of the iMiev which is rwd. So the I will be a rear-wheel driven electric car. It feels quite zippy they say
        Chris M
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Aaron Gleason
        Yep. The original Mitsubishi model i had a tiny gasoline engine in the rear, similar to what the Smart ForTwo uses, but Mitsubishi found it worked much better as an EV.
        John Lee
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Aaron Gleason
        That was my first thought.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This isn't a photoshopped xray, it is a render of a the 3D model of the car. Most car companies need their newest vehicle re-made in 3D for the commercials. Change the materials and render settings and voila! If photoshop was involved then it was simply to assemble the layers of rendered images.
      krona2k
      • 4 Years Ago
      As far as I know it's always been rear wheel drive, as is the ICE version. Again not from personal experience it's meant to have a very solid feel to the handling due to being rear wheel drive and a fair amount of weight with a low center of gravity. I would love to test drive one. It's a shame that they skimped on the interior though, I do think that if you're going for a high-tech solution you'd want to feel high tech inside. I think the Leaf looks the part in that respect!
      • 4 Years Ago
      X-rays with colour? I think this X-ray has seen some photo-shopping.
        Chris M
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not a true X-ray, it's a computer generated image from their CAD design files. Still looks neat and reveals details you wouldn't ordinarily see.
      Spec
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is not an X-ray, it is a computer rendering meant to look sort of like an X-ray.