Mitsubishi to release compact ‘Minicab EV’ transporter van in Japan

The Minicab EV two-seater is priced at 2,431,000 yen (approx. €14,922), and the four-seater is priced at 2,486,000 yen (approx. €15,260, which includes a 10 per cent consumption tax. The new Minicab EV is based on the Minicab-MiEV, which has sold approximately 13,000 units over the past 12 years.

According to Mitsubishi, the ‘kei-car’ class electric commercial vehicle, which is the name of the category for Japan’s smallest highway-legal passenger vehicle class, including restricted dimensions and motor capacity, is based on a monobox design and is equipped with a new generation of electric components including the motor and drive battery. The new electric motor produces a maximum torque of 195 Nm.

The cruising range stands at 180 km, according to WLTC, marking an increase of 35 per cent compared to the previous model. Charging the 20 kWh battery at a 200V AC charger takes about 7.5 hours to fully charge. On a faster charger, up to 80 per cent of the battery can be charged in approximately 42 minutes, however, the exact charge capacity was not mentioned.

Compared to the previous model, the capacity of the drive battery has increased by 25 per cent. The motor and inverter have been integrated into a single unit to improve motor efficiency, resulting in the above-mentioned range of 180 km per charge, which is a 35 per cent increase over the previous model.

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