'Prototype iMiEV' will be unveiled at Geneva next month
12 February 2009

Here is the first indication of what the European version of Mitsubishi’s electric city-car will like look, if it makes production.

This official sketch shows the ‘Prototype iMiEV’ that will be unveiled at the Geneva motor show next month.

As well as being left-hand drive, the euro-spec iMiEV concept is also wider and longer than its Japanese relation to improve the car’s handling and looks.

Mitsubishi announced last month that 12 iMiEVs would be trialled in Europe by government departments, utility companies and company car fleets.

The Mitsubishi iMIEV goes on sale in Japan this summer, and Mitsubishi plans to sell the car in Europe next year.

A coupe version of the iMiEV will also be on the Geneva motor show stand.

Called the iMiEV Sport Air concept, it claims to “place a greater emphasis on driving pleasure” and will use a more powerful version of the iMiEV’s electric motor.

Energy is stored in lithium-ion batteries, but solar panels in the roof and bumpers will provide extra electrical power to run the car’s ancillary systems.

George Barrow

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