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MiniCab, meet i-MiEV

Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 6:30 am
by PV1
Our one jobsite at work has an imported Mitsubishi MiniCab, gas powered. I was finally able to drive my i-MiEV down to that site, so I thought I'd take a picture. I'm not sure who owns it, but it's always parked in front of our trailer.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/l2975e96rw79a ... 3.jpg?dl=0

Re: MiniCab, meet i-MiEV

Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:36 am
by tigger19687
OMG, talk about tiny tires !! or do they call them tyres there ?

Re: MiniCab, meet i-MiEV

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:30 pm
by rmay635703
Road legal?

I love Kei cars, would love to have a kei truck with a dual range 5 speed and the very rare NA 3 cylinder Daihatsu Diesel.

Ah well, to dream

Re: MiniCab, meet i-MiEV

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 3:02 pm
by PV1
Not road legal in the US. It's owned and used by the university on their property, as I found out after my original post.

Re: MiniCab, meet i-MiEV

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:34 pm
by melloyello
Omg, so cool. I want one!

Any idea what size tires they use? Are they the same size as imiev tires?

Re: MiniCab, meet i-MiEV

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:46 pm
by PV1
I forgot to look at the tire size, but they look to be 13" wheels, so they won't fit on the i-MiEV.

Re: MiniCab, meet i-MiEV

Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:32 am
by misterbleepy
PV1 wrote:I forgot to look at the tire size, but they look to be 13" wheels, so they won't fit on the i-MiEV.


according to various websites, the tyres are 145R12 - so teeny tiny wheels (though not as small as "proper" Mini wheels - 10" I think)

Re: MiniCab, meet i-MiEV

Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:38 pm
by Don
PV1 wrote:Not road legal in the US.
I think it must vary by state - We have several of them running around here in Mississippi

A local guy had an importing business going for them for 2 or 3 years awhile back. He discovered that by placing the front end of each one up in the bed of the one in front of it, he could get 7 of them in a standard shipping container. He was importing them from Taiwan and almost all of them were RHD models. 3 cylinder 1 liter engines (laying on their side under the seats of the cab) and a really short rear ratio. Rear wheel drive and a top speed of about 45 mph

There were a few 'tricks' to get them titled and registered as road legal, but he had done that many times before and promised to help anyone who bought one get it titled and tagged

He did have one LHD model which also had a slightly taller cab - Obviously made for the western market. It had 13" wheels and tires instead of the 12" ones all of the RHD models had. This one had a blown engine and he had it stored at his house. I tried to buy it several times, thinking it would make a PERFECT EV conversion. Two rows of golf cart batteries just inside the frame rails with the driveshaft between them and a WarP9 motor direct driving the driveshaft with no transmission. With the short differential gears, you'd have a top speed of around 50 or so and plenty of punch off the line

Originally, he wanted $1500 for it, thinking the engine could probably be fixed. When I told him of my plans and offered to let him keep the engine/trans for spare parts, he came down to $1K which I thought was still a bit steep. We never did get together on the price and he eventually gave it away to a friend of a friend. I'm a bit thankful, as about that time we bought the iMiEV

Neat little trucks and perfect for around town . . . . *if* you can get them road legal where you live

Don

Re: MiniCab, meet i-MiEV

Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 3:52 pm
by rmay635703
Don wrote:3 cylinder 1 liter engines (laying on their side under the seats of the cab) and a really short rear ratio.
Don


Most of those vehicles actually have a 660cc or 550cc motor, older ones were 360cc

1ltr are VERY rare and were only used in export markets like the UK or India.

Re: MiniCab, meet i-MiEV

Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 11:27 am
by Don
rmay635703 wrote:1ltr are VERY rare and were only used in export markets like the UK or India.
. . . . and evidently Taiwan, which is where all of the 1 liter ones I was talking about were imported from

Don