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Mitsubishi Motors to launch Minicab EV electric commercial vehicle in Japan in December


Mitsubishi Motors Corp has announced that the new Minicab EV, a kei-car class electric commercial vehicle with a monobox design, will go on sale at sales affiliates nationwide in Japan on Dec 21. The Minicab EV two-seater is priced at 2,431,000 yen, and the four-seater is priced at 2,486,000 yen (10 percent consumption tax included).

The new EV is based on the Minicab-MiEV, which has sold approximately 13,000 units over the past 12 years. By leveraging the expertise gained through the development and maintenance of the Minicab-MiEV, the new Minicab EV offers an improved cruising range as well as enhanced safety and convenience features to answer the needs of commercial customers.

In response to the accelerating efforts for decarbonization aimed at achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, and the growing demand for kei-car class electric commercial vehicles from the logistics industry and government agencies, Mitsubishi Motors will contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the last mile of commercial use with the new Minicab EV.

Product overview

The Minicab EV is a kei-car class electric commercial vehicle with a monobox design and is equipped with a new generation of electric components including the motor and drive battery. The cruising range has been extended to 180 km (in WLTC mode) per charge, which is an increase of approximately 35 percent compared to the previous model. A normal charging at AC200V (15A) takes approximately 7.5 hours to fully charge the battery, so if the battery is charged after work, it will be fully charged and ready to use when work begins the next day. In addition, up to 80 percent of the battery can be charged in approximately 42 minutes with quick charging.

The new electric motor produces a maximum torque of 195 Nm instantly, so even when the vehicle is heavily loaded with cargo, it retains the smooth and powerful driving performance unique to an electric vehicle, delivering a crisp, stress-free driving. Moreover, the new motor and inverter have been integrated into a single unit for enhanced quietness, allowing users to drive early in the morning or late at night with no fear of disturbing others. The price has been kept at the same level as the previous model, while improving the cruising range and enhancing the safety features.

Source: Mitsubishi Motors

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How about making more electric scooters as I’m woken up at 3am by fumes and noise of delivery riders

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kurisupisu - agree.

I'm amazed at how many of the short hours / low kms scooter deliveries that could easily be switched to electric but are not.

Products are available, so I just assume that the annual 10,000s of gasoline small motor bike / scooter sales contracts with the Big Makers - Honda, Yamaha etc - just can't be broken.

All part of keeping the broader parts supply community happy I guess.

And the electric vehicles mentioned in the article just make daily delivery / light cargo use common sense.

They will be the norm in a few years. No doubt about it.

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This looks like a good "final mile" vehicle for Black Cat and the like.

I must say that I too am disappointed with the dearth of good electric motorcycles.

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"The cruising range has been extended to 180 km (in WLTC mode) per charge"

"takes approximately 7.5 hours to fully charge the battery"

Japan doesn't stand a chance in the EV race.

I remember recalling some projection that the Chinese Kei EVs could take 35% of Japanese market by 2035.

While the Europeans and the Koreans won't touch Japan's Kei EV market, the Chinese might because they are shut out from the US and EU markets. Although Chinese EVs are inferior to the German, Korean, and American EVs, they are superior to the Japanese EVs, so Japan represents one of few opportunities for the Chinese to come in and take over the market.

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ugly,old fashioned and overpiced.

Mitsubishi is very despareta as their line up is one big tragedy in Japan and sales as well.

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I really want an electric kei van. I live in Takamatsu. 200km to Hiroshima. 200km to Ōsaka. 250km to Tottori. I’m gonna need at least 300km range. And faster charging too. Oh well.

Come on Japan! And, let’s get some charging too!

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@Eastmann Are you selecting a bride or a vehicle?

ugly,old fashioned and overpiced. Mitsubishi is very despareta as their line up is one big tragedy in Japan and sales as well.

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