Electric technology

We started our research into electric vehicle (EV) technology way back in 1970. The i-MiEV is the result of over 40 years of development and is the first ever mass-produced electric vehicle.
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Powerful electric motor

No petrol engine. No fuel tank

A 49kW electric motor replaces the conventional petrol engine. Compact 16-kilowatt per hour lithium-ion batteries replace the fuel tank. Net result? Plenty of clean, green power.
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The battery

A state-of-the-art power source

The lithium-ion battery is located underneath the floor of the i-MiEV, it consists of 88 high energy cells. They’ll deliver enough power for the electric motor, air conditioning and cabin heater.
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Regenerative braking

Charge the battery as your drive

In physics, the kinetic energy of an object is the energy it possesses due to its motion. In the case of the i-MiEV, it's the energy gained from the car moving forward. This smart car can harness this energy to charge the battery even when you're driving. Which is pretty handy, as you won't have to plug it in to charge it so often.

Zero emissions

Better for the environment

Looking for the exhaust pipe? You won’t find one - the i-MiEV is 100% electric. As there’s no petrol engine there are zero CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere. We also took great care to use recycled materials wherever we could: the front and rear bumpers, instrument panels and door trim are all made out of recycled polypropylene materials.
To learn about the thrill of a travelling in the i-MiEV, go to The Drive