A showcase for its future zero-emissions technology, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation presented the latest and most sophisticated version of its pioneering pure-electric offering in the form of the Mitsubishi Concept CA-MiEV. Calling it a Suburban EV whose prefix letters stand for Compact and Advanced, the automaker says this sleek front-drive/5-seat hatch shows a "declaration of intent" that presents a number of elements it plans to introduce on various vehicles that will be found in its mid- to long-term pipeline. However, Mitsubishi also was careful to indicate there are no plans to actually convert the Concept CA-MiEV into a volume-build model.

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The Mitsubishi Concept CA-MiEV is wrapped in super-sleek bodywork that has a 0.26 coefficient of drag. Go power comes from a 107-horse electric motor that also integrates the inverter and charger units to improve packaging a reduce weight. Energized by a 28kWh high-density lithium-ion battery pack, this extremely efficient drivetrain reportedly can take the CA-MiEV up to 186 miles on a single charge -- triple the official EPA-designated range of the current production i-MiEV which has a 16kWh battery pack. However, Mitsu did not state which testing regimen was used to arrive at this lofty figure.

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Beyond its highly refined powertrain elements, other trick tech touches found in the Concept CA-MiEV and destined to see more widespread applications include a magnetic-resonance wireless charging system and the potential to improve overall connectivity and telematics functions through the implementation of features like automatic e-mailing in case the vehicle is stolen or automatic e-calling in case of an emergency.


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