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Mitsubishi Unveils Solar-Powered Charging Station

July 08, 2011

CYPRESS, CA – At a July 7 press conference, Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) unveiled a new EV charging station at its corporate headquarters in Cypress. The charging station is powered by 96, 175W photovoltaic modules from Mitsubishi Electric.

The company said the station can charge up to four vehicles at once and features three different types of chargers, each with a different voltage level. The charger types include the standard level 1 voltage (110v), which can deliver a 100-percent charge in 22 hours on the new Mitsubishi i, according to the company; the level 2 (220v,) which can charge this vehicle in seven hours; and level 3 CHAdeMO Quick Charger, which can charge the i to 80-percent battery capacity in 30 minutes.

The DC Quick Charger used for the Cypress charging station is manufactured by the Eaton Corporation, and is the first-of-its-kind CHAdeMO Quick Charger certified for U.S. sale and public utility. The actual installation of the charging equipment and the supporting electrical infrastructure was handled by Rogers Electric. The twin-arch structure for the charging station was designed by California Green Designs.

In a related news release, the new all-electric i received an EPA-rated MPGe rating of 126 city and 99 highway, 112 MPGe combined. The EPA also gave the new i a “real-world” (i.e. tested under more aggressive driving conditions) driving range of 62 miles.

The EPA also rated the i at an LA4 driving range of 98 miles. The LA4 driving cycle test involves a driving distance of 7.5 miles and includes stops along the way. This test is designed to mimic city driving conditions with numerous starts and stops.

The Mitsubishi i will be first available in California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii for fleet orders this December, said Thomas Miller, national EV commercial fleet sales manager, electric vehicle operations for MMNA.

In addition, the City of Cypress announced it will purchase two to three Mitsubishi i all-electric vehicles, along with two to three charging stations. The City of Cypress Council/Agency Board Member Doug Bailey made the announcement at the July 7 press conference.

According to Doug Dancs, City of Cypress director of public works/city engineer, the Mtsubishi i will be initially used in the municipal motor pool, with possible later use as parking enforcement vehicles. The municipal fleet already has two all-electric GEM vehicles in operation. In addition, the City of Cypress fleet has had a strong commitment to propane-powered vehicles, which started in 1980. Currently, the propane-powered portion of the municipal fleet is comprised of two street sweepers, one water truck, two forklifts, and a light tower. The City has on order two propane-powered light-duty pickups.

By Mike Antich

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