The latest on the Mistubishi i-MiEV and gallery of the i-MiEV Sport

The all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV is no stranger to us by this point (see links below). Our friends over at Autoblog have snapped a gallery full of pictures of the i-MiEV Sport version that's on display over at the Tokyo Motor Show - access it here.

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."


[Source: Autoblog, Tech-On, h/t to Domenick]

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