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Mitsubishi i-MiEV Wins “Car Technology of the Year” from Japan Automotive Hall of Fame

Mitsubishi Motors’ i-MiEV Wins the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame’s “Car Technology of the Year” Award

TOKYO, Japan, October 30, 2009 – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), announced today that the “MiEV OS” integrated vehicle control system installed in Mitsubishi Motors’ new-generation electric vehicle i-MiEV, has been selected by the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization (NPO), as the winner for its “2009 Japan Automotive Hall of Fame Car Technology of the Year” award.

Utilizing the long wheelbase from the gasoline-powered “i” rear-midship layout on which the i-MiEV is based, the high-capacity drive battery is installed under the floor, and the high-output high-efficiency power unit is mounted under the luggage area. Through this structure, the i-MiEV has plenty of range for daily driving while keeping the spacious interior of the “i” base vehicle.

The introduction of the MiEV OS (MiEV Operating System) *1 – an advanced integrated vehicle management system into which the company has poured its wealth of know-how gained from decades of electric vehicle (EV) research and development – has provided the kind of high performance and reliability that befits a new-generation EV. The i-MiEV garnered praise as the realization of the ultimate in environmental efficiency as it emits no CO2 while being driven*2.

2009 Mitsubishi i MiEV (prototype) – Hi-res. Images

2009 Mitsubishi i MiEV (prototype)
2009 Mitsubishi i MiEV (prototype)
2009 Mitsubishi i MiEV (prototype)
2009 Mitsubishi i MiEV (prototype)
2009 Mitsubishi i MiEV (prototype)
2009 Mitsubishi i MiEV (prototype)
2009 Mitsubishi i MiEV (prototype)
2009 Mitsubishi i MiEV (prototype)

*1Generic name for the integrated vehicle management system developed by Mitsubishi Motors for new-generation EVs.
*2CO2 generated from electric power plants is not included.

The MiEV OS was selected for the “Car Technology of the Year” award following reasons:

  1. Integrated control technology for a mass-produced electric vehicle
  2. 3-way charging system for the lithium-ion drive battery
  3. Development of the compact, lightweight, and high-efficiency motor

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