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Introduction: Birth of a Car: Mitsubishi i-MiEV (00:45)


This video features the technology, design, and production of the world's first all-electric vehicle, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Lithium Ion Battery (02:59)

The world's first all-electric vehicle, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, functions with a lithium ion battery pack. This potentially harmful element undergoes extensive safety tests. Cleared for road use meant the search for investors for mass production.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: All-Electric Technology (03:41)

With a range of 155 kilometers on a single charge, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is built with city drivers in mind. This vehicle requires one maintenance check a year. With a leap straight to electric, Mitsubishi invented much of the technology used in the vehicle.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Design (03:24)

"The first time we made an electric vehicle, the car burned down." - Designers need to make a vehicle big enough to be functional, but small enough to be light and fuel efficient. The bubble-shape appeals to younger customers.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Test Drive (02:13)

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV has several different drive modes allowing the driver to control levels of energy efficiency, power, and braking. As an investment tactic, Mitsubishi executives test drive the i-MiEV for extended amounts of time.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: The EV Town (03:36)

Normal, Illinois residents pilot the Mitsubishi i-MiEV experience. The city office uses seven, and hopes to put 1,000 i-MiEVs on the road. Residents accept its limitations and celebrate its advantages.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Road to the Assembly Line (02:59)

Safety and reliability is top on the Mitsubishi i-MiEV designers' list, specifically the protection of the battery pack. Electric currents and radio waves are monitored to ensure passenger safety.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Facing Harsh Weather (01:27)

Engineers create a remote function to heat the battery of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV before use in extreme cold conditions, saving a large amount of energy. The i-MiEV charges at the lowest energy level for efficient economic cost.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: The Feeling Track (03:01)

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV undergoes extensive tests on the "feeling track" a multi-surface track, for performance review. The i-MiEV's ability to take sharp corners inspires the development of an all-electric race car prototype.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Fleet Testing (03:02)

Prior to mass production, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV undergoes fleet testing. The purpose is to study the participants charging behavior in real life conditions.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Deadly Complications (02:08)

When working with lithium ion batteries, the energy source of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, worker safety is a top priority; static testing and rubber mats are necessary elements. The battery is made of 300 small parts, and over 150 bolts hold it together.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Mizushima Assembly Factory (02:49)

Pushing the Mitsubishi i-MiEV into mass production meant efficient technology, high performance, staying competitive, and sound economics. The use of robotics on the assembly line makes precision exact.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Mass Production (04:54)

Every Mitsubishi i-MiEV spends approximately two hours on the assembly line from start to finish. With zero tail-pipe emissions and the equivalent of 126 miles per gallon of city driving, the i-MiEV "is the greenest car in its class."

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: All-Electric Race Car (05:07)

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV Evolution is the first all-electric race car, produced to break the myths of electric technology. Electric vehicles are not effected by changes in altitude or temperature.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Wave of the Future (01:34)

The success of the i-MiEV relies on Mitsubishi constantly improving their technology; charging stations and range are current issues to resolve. Many suggest, "its the coming wave" in automotive evolution.

Credits: Birth of a Car: Mitsubishi i-MiEV (00:48)

Credits: Birth of a Car: Mitsubishi i-MiEV

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The film documents the birth of the world’s first mass-produced electric car; from design stumbles and innovations, to specialized testing, to the i-MiEV’s manufacturing with specialized components.

Length: 46 minutes

Item#: BVL93632

ISBN: 978-1-68272-213-8

Copyright date: ©2012

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