PV1 wrote:...Never heard of an "upscale" i-MiEV for the US. It seems yours has:
1. Larger battery
3. 5th Seat belt, for a very narrow middle, rear passenger.
i hadn't noticed the 5th seat in the video, but while searching for clues about this magical battery i ran across several interesting nuggets.
Chris Jones posted pictures of an LEV50 cut open to show the current collectors and the 2 jelly rolls. He also put some 18650s in the empty case.https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewt ... 14&t=92955
So i was wondering about an LEV75 cell with 3 jelly rolls, and found some discussion about an LEV75 cell on Pedro's pushEV website with a link to products at lithium-ep website.
But the site is dead-- LEAP was a joint venture of Bossch 50%, GS Yuasa 25%, Mitsubishi 25%, from 2013 to 2018 with the goal "to make lithium-ion batteries twice as efficient,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, who, as chairman of the board of management of Robert Boscch GmbH, is responsible for research and development.
Using the Wayback Machine i found the dead website and grabbed some pictures, but sadly no technical information was found.
Searching Yuasa's website i did find a patent application by LEAP for a better chemistry to provide high currents with less sag. Patent Application 20170133716.
Also pushev had this to say about the LEV75 cells, and it was here that i noticed the reference to 5 seats:
"For i-MiEV: 88 x 3,7 V x 75 Ah = 24,42 kWh – 160 km to 240 km in NEDC
The real range should be around 150 km, this puts the little EV at the same territory of most modern electric cars.
In 2016/2017 Mitsubishi will introduce a 5 seats electric car, but I hope they maintain the little i-MiEV, because if priced right and with the 50 % range increase it could be a great choice for a commuter car."
So after a few hours of research on this, i'm gonna guess that Mits got some of these hot cells from Yuasa that resulted from the LEAP joint venture research, and put them in some 5-seat cars such as the 6 sold here in the US, one of which Prof Berry, who teaches at the Selma campus of Kings Canyon, is the lucky owner.