Shinichi Kurihara, CEO, Mitsubishi North America

I talked to Shinichi Kurihara, CEO, Mit’subishi North America at the 2009 New York auto show. Kurihara talked to me about the Mit’subishi i MiEV Electric Car going global.

“Electric vehicles are one branch of the automotive landscape and we are dedicated to providing these technology-sourced solutions as an important path for the world’s clean-air options,” said Kurihara in his address to the press at the New York International auto show.

Kurihara says the EV will be deployed in Japan first, then to Europe, and finally to the United States.

If you use 110 watt it will take 12-14 hours to fully charge and you will be able to drive 75-100 miles to the charge, depending on how you drive.

Kurihara-san says the first introduction of the i MiEV in Japan will cost around $30,000 US.

The i MiEV’s battery pack consists of 22 modules, each one consisting of four cells that can be installed in either a vertical or transverse position under the i MiEV’s floor. The proprietary lithium-ion batteries are purpose-built for automotive applications. It is produced by Lithium Energy Japan, a joint venture among GS Yuasa, Mit’subishi Corporation and Mit’subishi Motors.

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.