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Mitsubishi is getting a jolt of energy with electric cars and expects the first ones to go to fleet customers in Japan next year. The little Colt will use in-wheel motors and lithium-ion batteries to power it 93 miles on a charge. The in-wheel motor regulates drive torque and braking force without the need for any transmission or drive shaft. The biggest hurdle we've seen with these motors is that the extra weight in the wheels unsettles a car's handling. Mitsubishi is developing other in-wheel motors for 4WD applications. We guess after the engine is removed, the Colt gains some extra luggage space under the hood.

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