Popular Japanese Models of Electric Cars. An electric car is car that is driven by one or more electric motor, using electrical energy stored in batteries or another energy storage device. The idea of electric cars is not new; people have been using them for decades now. Earlier, the idea of electric cars was not popular as they were expensive to buy and maintain. Also the technology for large capacity power supply didn’t exist.
But today, with the increasing global warming and rising petroleum prices, people are now valuing the concept of electric vehicles. The major issue that comes with electric vehicles is battery’s capacity or charging time. But, nowadays, vehicles come with powerful batteries such as lithium-ion battery which are lightweight, smaller in size and do not die early.
Demands for electric cars are shooting up at a great pace. And there are assumptions that sooner or later they will take over the automobile market. Japan is a popular name when it comes to automobiles. In every aspect of automobiles Japanese automakers have proved their mettle. Likewise, in case of electric vehicles also, Japan is a true leader. Many Japanese brands have already developed electric vehicles and others are also investing in this sector. Electric cars are completely pure cars as they do not burn gasoline or any other petroleum type to run the vehicle. All Japanese brands are competing among themselves to bring out new models with improved technologies. So, let’s know about the major Japanese produced electric cars models.
Nissan Leaf a compact five-door hatchback electric car manufactured by Nissan is a simple, spacious, quiet, chalk full of standard safety, luxury features and affordable. Powered by a 24-kWh lithium-ion battery, the 80-kW motor can put 107 horsepower into the front wheels. The car provides its buyers benefits of an all-electric car. It is quiet and fun to drive vehicle with low operating and maintenance cost. This is an all green car with no CO2 emission and low fuel consumption. By far, this Nissan vehicle is the world’s best selling highway-capable all-electric car.
Mitsubishi i-MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) is a five-door hatchback electric car manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors. In Europe it is rebadged by PSA Peugeot Citroën as the Peugeot iOn and Citroën C-Zero. It is an electric version of the Mitsubishi-i and is the least expensive EV sold. The car comes with lively steering, firm brakes and offers smooth ride. It is powered by a 66-hp electric motor placed under the rear seats. The 47-kilowatt motor of Mitsubishi i-MiEV sends 66 horsepower and 133 foot-pounds of torque to the car’s rear-wheel-drive system. Top speed attained by the car is 81 mph.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV:
The SUV comes with roomy and comfortable cabin, with awesome mid-range performance. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and additional electric motors. The Mitsubishi Outlander has 3 drive modes for optimal fuel efficiency, i.e. EV drive mode, Series hybrid mode, and parallel hybrid drive mode. Extra soundproofing is provided to make the vehicle as quiet as possible in EV Drive Mode, even in gasoline mode. Mitsubishi claimed that its SUV can cover 32.5 miles as an EV before switching into its 45-litre fuel tank. The car achieves 0-60 mph in 10.0 seconds only.
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Honda Fit EV:
The small but spacious Honda Fit is a perfect urban vehicle. The car comes with various standard features such as a voice-activated navigation system and is displayed in a tidy 6.5-inch screen set in the dashboard. It comes with a remote that can be used to charge the vehicle from up to 100 feet away and can also be used to turn on the climate control while the car is charging. The car gives gasoline-like performance and is easy to park. Its electric motor makes 123 horsepower and has a range of around 80 miles.
Toyota RAV4 EV:
The RAV4 EV an all-electric version of the RAV4 EV manufactured by Toyota is quite smooth and comfortable. The motor produces 154 horsepower and a strong 273 lb-ft of torque. In performance oriented Sports mode, the car attains top speed of 78 mph, and achieves 0-60mph time within seven seconds. Even though the car is not cheap, but it does comes with a bunch of standard features. Also, the Toyota RAV4 is the only all-electric crossover in the market.
Toyota Prius PHEV:
The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle a mid-size vehicle manufactured by Toyota Motor Corporation. The Prius PHEV is based on a third generation Toyota Prius (model ZVW30) outfitted with 4.4 kWh lithium-ion batteries co-developed with Panasonic, which enable all-electric operation at higher speeds and longer distances than the conventional Prius hybrid. The lithium-ion battery pack can charged in 180 minutes at 120 volts or in 90 minutes at 240 volts. The car’s hybrid system delivers 134 net horsepower, with a 98 horsepower (105 foot pounds of torque) motor and a 60-kilowatt (80-horsepower) electric motor.
Mitsubishi Minicab MiEV:
Mitsubishi Minicab MiEV is an electric van by Japanese manufacturers which is based on the conventional minicab CD van. It is a commercial electric vehicle that comes in two sizes of drive battery. The 10.5 kWh battery versions that on a single charge offers a range of 100km, at JC08 mode, and the 16.0 kWh versions that offers range of 150km. Batteries are placed under the floor to maximize load volume, while vehicle’s other EV components are placed under the cargo compartment. The Mitsubishi vehicle comes standard with a 200V AC cable that fits outdoor sockets that used for charging the battery of the electric vehicle. A 100V AC (10 amp) cable and a Quick Charging Connector are available as options.
Volkswagen e-Up! is a fantastic mini-car with the seating capacity of four passengers—three in front and one in back. The car powered by an electric motor with 60 kW / 82 PS peak power. It offers a continuous power of 40 kW / 55 PS and immediately offers a maximum torque of 210 Newton meters. The 81bhp, 155lb ft electric motor sits up front, while the 230kg, 18.7kWh lithium ion battery pack placed in the floor. Maximum speed attained is 135km/h or 84 miles per hour, with a 0-60 mph pace of about 11 seconds.
Tesla Model S:
The Tesla Model S regarded is a true marvel of ingenuity both inside and out. The exterior is just downright awesome and the doors even open automatically. This sedan is not only handsome, but offers exceedingly well functionality. The car offers a seemingly endless amount of options with batteries ranging from 60 to 85-kWh, motors from 225kW (302-hp) to 310-kW (416-hp), and every extra feature available under the sun. Speed is the greatest luxury of this car. The car can hits 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, sprints through the quarter-mile in 12.6s, has a top speed of 130 mph, and gets 265 miles per charge according to the EPA. Tesla Model S comes with an 8-year, unlimited mile warranty on the battery.