Mitsubishi i-Miev crash test video

Web video on the Mitsubishi i-Miev frontal crash test at about 40 mph.

Because the weight distribution in electric vehicles is different from traditional front-end gas engines, the safety protocols are different as well. Josh Miller/CNET

The Mitsubishi i, powered by Miev (Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle) technology, will be arriving in the United States in the fall.

The subcompact urban car boasts 63 horsepower and 133 pound-feet of torque. The Japanese-made car runs on an lithium ion battery packs and has an expected range of 85 miles.

Here's a 50-second frontal crash test (after the jump) at about 40 mph.

The crash test shows that the Mitsubishi i offers good protection to the driver and passenger, similar to cars with traditional front-end, gas-powered engines.

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