Joint Development Of A Nissan-Mitsubishi Electric Minicar Confirmed

OCT 25 2015 BY MARK KANE 9

Mitsubishi Minicab i-MiEV

Mitsubishi Minicab i-MiEV

Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors and their joint venture NMKV announced an agreement on planning and development of next-generation minicars.

The Japanese companies intend to continue cooperation on new minicars including a new electric one.

This perhaps could signal an i-MiEV-series successor (although it would not likely keep the name)?

Will the new Nissan-Mitsubishi i-MiEV-like car be available worldwide? Or maybe its just a Minicab replacement for Japan? Lots of questions, but few answers at this point in time.

“The companies aim to develop more competitive products by optimizing resource allocation and their respective roles and responsibilities. Nissan will be more deeply involved in development operations, such as design development and testing. In addition to its product planning and project development roles, NMKV will strengthen its management capabilities by adding a new department to enhance collaboration with engineering and manufacturing functions. Vehicle production is planned to continue at Mitsubishi’s Mizushima Plant.

Nissan and Mitsubishi established NMKV in June 2011 to specialize in planning and development of minicars. Their jointly-developed minicars, the Nissan Dayz and the Mitsubishi eK Wagon, were launched in June 2013, followed by the launch of the Nissan Dayz Roox and the Mitsubishi eK Space in February 2014. By the end of September 2015, total sales of vehicles produced under the joint project reached 500,000 units, a testament to the success of the collaboration. This new agreement takes the partnership to a higher level.

In addition, planning and development of a minicar EV is in progress through the collaboration. The announcement of vehicle details and launch timing of the EV and other next-generation minicars will be made at a later time.

Hiroto Saikawa, Nissan CCO said:

“Nissan’s deeper involvement in development operations for next generation minicars will enable the easier application of advanced safety and eco-friendly technologies in larger vehicles. This new opportunity will enable us to deliver even more competitive vehicles to consumers by enhancing our product and lineup, by strengthening our partnership and combining the expertise of both companies.”

Mitsubishi President and COO Tetsuro Aikawa commented:

“For Mitsubishi, minicars are a key segment that accounts for more than half of our total sales in Japan. By combining each other’s strengths through NMKV, we will continue to introduce attractive products to the market. Producing the new models at our Mizushima Plant, after the current model production ends, will help us further accelerate the improvement activities on which the three companies have been working together in the areas of production costs, efficiency and quality, and this will lead us to introduce more competitive products.”

NMKV President and CEO Junichi Endo remarked:

“This new agreement shows that our efforts are making steady progress and thus the collaboration will further deepen. We are taking the lead in this project by combining Mitsubishi’s know-how in minicar development and manufacturing with Nissan’s technologies.”

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Hmmm, a lot of words from the three CEOs but few facts and no mention of BEV versions. That is very odd considering Nissan & Mitsubishi booth market BEVs.

“For Mitsubishi, minicars are a key segment that accounts for more than half of our total sales in Japan”.
Interesting to hear that Kei cars are more than half their total sales in Japan.
The eK & Dayz are tall boxy wagons, so are space-efficient but not aerodynamic.
Production of the i ICE ended in 2013 & Wikipedia lists the eK as the successor:
I do hope they develop or replace the MIEV. It is surprisingly practical as a commuter car. Its 16kWh battery pack has only half the energy density of the latest cells, so it should be possible to update it with a 30 or 32 kWh pack which would give it a much better range.

I have been keeping track of the leaf and Mitsubishi i-miev batteries and from the info I have been looking into. If they simply put the same volume of the next generation leaf batteries into the existing i-miev the range would quickly go up to 120 or maybe even 140 miles on a charge right off the bat with the existing motor.

In fact I have also looked at the old Tosbia batteries and they have 30% less energy power then the old Nissan leaf batteries.

would be so cool.

I agree. The I-miev is a great no-fuss no-frills A to B car. Put in modern battery technology and a new, higher-quality but still no-fuss interior and hey presto, there’s you new budget mini-car EV. Personally I’d keep the same motor as it’s proven to be reliable and very, very frugal. If it can take you 120km on 16kw/h, it’s going to be very kind to you with 30kw/h!

* New battery in same shape. 28-30kw/h should be possible.

* 7kw 240v charging support.

* Heat exchanger to replace kettle heater.

* Heated windscreen.

* LED lighting, including interior (with reading/directional light for passenger – and illuminated charging port)

* Move charging port to the nose and into one compartment for both connectors.

* Pre-heating/cooling and charge timing (European models didn’t get this!) controlled from phone/PC, or set inside the car.

* New interior: new seats with lumber support, 60/40 split in rear with three belts/headrests, improved interior panels and dash, new instrument/control layout, with new, clean and clear analogue instruments. New a/c controls that actually make sense. Better cabin heat/noise insulation.

* Different trim levels, including an ultra-basic (Dacia-alike).

When they make a mini version of a VW Westy camper van with 200 MPC please call me 🙂

“…optimizing resource allocation… strengthen its management capabilities… enhance collaboration…”

Lots of corporate buzz words. No details or specifics at all.

Nothing to see here. Move along, move along…

Sounds like yummy (forbidden) fruit

Id buy a $20K Nissan Micra with 150km range

agree with Roy, dear Tesla, screw convention and wow factor, please make the Model E in the ultra-spartan vein of the microbus – does Everything, just not necessarily very well, but runs trouble free and has more personality than your great-uncle Walter.