“i MiEV” is an electric vehicle based on the gasoline-driven 660cc “i” minicar.
The i MiEV is a zero-emissions vehicle. Even when taking into account CO2 emissions at the power plants that generate the power needed for charging the car, it emits only approximately 30% of the CO2 of a gasoline minicar.
The cost per kilometer to drive the i MiEV is one third that of a comparable gasoline vehicle. Depending on the cost of electricity, cost per kilometer can drop as low as one ninth that of gasoline, for example when charged during off-peak or night-time hours.
Strong acceleration is achieved through a compact and highly efficient permanent magnet synchronous motor that generates high torque from a low speed.
Because the vehicle uses an electric motor free of the vertical vibration associated with gasoline engines, it runs extremely quietly.
Using the on-board charger, the vehicle can be charged with a 100V or 200V power source in the home. In addition, if quick-chargers currently being developed by power companies are used, it will be possible to charge the vehicle in a short time.