During press days for the 2008 New York auto show, Mitsubishi drove its electric iMiEV up and down the hall, because it could. While gas-powered cars were prohibited from driving in the hall, the iMiEV was allowed to troll by the booths of its automotive competitors.
The iMiEV is an electric version of Mitsubishi's i car, a model on sale in Japan with a small gas engine. The car's name starts with the model, i, and ends in MiEV, and acronym for Mitsubishi innovative electric vehicle.
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The iMiEV uses one electric motor to power the rear wheels. Mitsubishi's electric vehicle efforts, under the MiEV moniker, first focused on using in-wheel motors, but Mitsubishi scrapped that idea in the current version of the iMiEV.
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The iMiEV has charging ports on both sides to charge up its lithium ion batteries. On a full charge, the iMiEV can go about 100 miles.
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Being an electric vehicle, the iMiEV has a simple, one speed transmission. The spacious interior includes a stereo, air conditioning, navigation, and a digital speedometer.