More Details on the Mitsubishi CA-MiEV


mitsubishi-ca-miev-conceptMore details are available about the Mitsubishi CA-iMiEV all-electric vehicle, including a supposed range of 186 miles per charge (at least on the Japanese testing cycle).

The Mitsubishi CA-MiEV claims to have a 186 mile per charge, which would be more than double its chief rival, the Nissan Leaf.. If it achieves this range, and could also undercut the price of the Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi may become a contender in the electric vehicle market.

List of Specifications:

  • A 28 kWh battery bank;
  • 107 HP (80 kW) electric motor;
  • The tailpipe CO2 emissions are 0 kg/km.
  • Front-wheel drive (2WD);
  • WiTricity wirelesss resonant induction charging (in the prototype, at least);
  • It is 5 feet tall (1,550 mm, which is 1.5 metres).
  • It is 5.8 feet (1775 mm or 1.77 metres) wide.
  • It is 13.2 feet (4050 mm or 4 metres) long.

According to Mitsubishi: “The remote-controlled air-conditioning system and management system for charging and discharging can be linked to smartphones or tablet devices. The vehicle is also equipped with a remote tracking function that captures the vehicle’s position using GPS if the vehicle is stolen”.

This vehicle seats 5 occupants, and weighs 2,862 pounds (1,300 kg). It has a 8.36 foot (2,550 mm/2.5 metre) wheelbase. Now the question is…will Mitsubishi build it?

Source: Mitsubishi

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  • Jo Borras

    If Mitsubishi is serious about making it in the US, something like this would probably help as a halo car. The MiEV seems to appeal to people who don’t buy cars.

  • The CA-MiEV has a Cd of 0.26; while the i MiEV is 0.35, so that is obviously a big improvement.  We could do some area calculations based on the known dimensions of the i MiEV vs the CA-MiEV.  The i MiEV is probably taller, but narrower than the CA-MiEV; but they both are big enough to have two adults seated side by side, in relatively upright positions.

    I know to a very precise level what the frontal area is for my CarBEN EV5 design (because I have the CAD drawings) and it is 25.1 square feet.  Comparing this to the two Mitsubishi cars: 

    i MiEV dimensions:
    [QUOTE]Width     1,475 mm (58.1 in)
    1,585 mm (62.4 in)(US) (excluding side-mirrors)

    Height     1,600 mm (63.0 in)
    1,615 mm (63.6 in)(US)[/QUOTE]

    This is 27.56 sq ft – but the actual frontal areas is less, because of the wheels and the sloped sides and curved roof, etc.

    Here’s a good CdA list:

    From that list:
    [QUOTE]Mitsubishi     I     2012 –     [Cd]0.35     [H]63.6     [W]62.4     [A]23.2     [CdA]8.10[/QUOTE]

    The frontal area is ~15.5% lower than the HxW number.

    The CA-MiEV is 1550mm High x 1775mm Wide = 61.02″ x 69.88″ W = 29.61 sq ft. – 15.5% = 25.02 sq ft  So, the CdA of the CA-MiEV is about 6.50 sq ft.

    Even though the frontal area of the CA-MiEV is 1.8 sq ft (7.25%) *greater* than the i MiEV – the Cd of the CA-MiEV is 0.09 (~26%) *lower*. 

    The CdA of the CA-MiEV is 1.6 sq ft (19.5%) lower than the i MiEV.


  • anderlan

    Disreputable sources say Mitsu is leaving the N. Am. market.  Any truth?  I say they plan to build something like this.  I mean, why tease this and then continue producing the implicity *not* Advanced MiEV version? (A is for advanced, can’t remember what the C was for.)

  • This car looks very good. I hope they will produce it and at a price which allows it to compete with the Nissan Leaf.

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