Mitsubishi Gets First EV Fast Charger to Oz

Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi or, more precisely, its Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) headquarters, will become the first location in Australia to feature a fast charge electric vehicle recharging station.

The station, a Level 3 Electric Vehicle DC Fast Charge System, will be capable of recharging Mitsubishi's electric i-MiEV in 30 minutes (80 percent of capacity) or, if you are in a hurry, to 50 percent of capacity in 12 minutes.

“Mitsubishi i-MiEV drivers will now have access to a dedicated Fast Charge station reducing recharge time, in Adelaide,” said the president of the carmaker's Australian branch, Masahiko Takahash.

“Mitsubishi continues to be industry leaders in electric vehicles and the Fast Charge station is the next step in making electric motoring accessible to a wider audience.”

The i-MiEV (47 kW of power and 180 Nm of instant torque) is an electric vehicle which has already entered several markets around the world. So far, the Japanese announced they have produced 5,000 units of the model at the plant in Mizushima. The model has entered production in Europe and is getting ready to meet the US market as well.

The vehicle is powered by a battery-electric motor system which gives it a range of 50-80 miles (80 to 120 km), with the recharging of the batteries taking about 8 hours while using a normal plug.

Given its small size, the Japanese manufacturer had to devise a way in which the lithium-ion battery doesn't limit the existing space even more. That's why the batteries are located under the cabin, with the electric motor, inverter and other components located below and behind the rear passenger seats.
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