Mitsubishi and SolarCity form deal for New Zealand Mitsubishi i-Miev Owners

SolarCity New Zealand and Mitsubishi New Zealand announced today that they have formed a national partnership to offer each i-MiEV owner (from this date forward) a high efficiency rooftop solar system.

Mitsubishi New Zealand’s head of sales and marketing, Daniel Cook, says the partnership is designed to give customers the resources and technology¬† to make charging and powering their Mitsubishi i-Miev as efficient as possible. “i-MiEV electric car owners are ahead of the curve, and want a greener and cleaner way to drive,” Cook says.

The amount of energy the solar system will generate will be enough to offset the energy used in the average daily commute, which will basically eliminate any cost of charging the Mitsubishi i-Miev at home.

The specially designed Mitsubishi i-Miev PV solar panel charging system was on display today at the Auckland Home Show.

SolarCity says the solar system is engineered to provide enough power for about 1250km of travel per month.

Most vehicles in New Zealand travel less than 69km per day, which is well within the range of current electric vehicles like the Mitsubishi i-Miev.

For Mitsubishi i-Miev car owners, the complete solar system starts around NZ$9,999 installed and can be installed on the house or garage roof. Along with the solar panels, the Mitsubishi i-Miev charging package includes a residential monitoring system that allows the ability to track the performance of the solar system on the internet.

Sound familiar? Earlier this month, Ford announced it was partnering with SunPower to offer a home solar setup to sell in conjunction with the Ford Focus Electric.

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One Response to Mitsubishi and SolarCity form deal for New Zealand Mitsubishi i-Miev Owners

  1. Michael says:

    Hi,
    We are looking to hire these iMiEV’s out to the public in NZ, in the Canterbury area, and have approached Solar City to build us a custom off grid version of their Grid Tied Solar charger.

    We think the car has a great future, and if pricing comes down, it will sell well.

    If they could find a way of charging off a standard 10 amp socket instead of the 15 amp as required now, it would be great.

    The car starts off the charge at 13 amps at 240 volts for a few seconds apparently, then goes to 9.5 amps, then tapers off to 4 to 5 amps near the finish of the charging cycle.

    We have thought of a charger to gell battery to Inverter combination to absorb the initial surge, and that way allow a 10 amp socket to run the charger easily for gel battery which then supplies the inverter, or a UPS to do the same, but we are still working on the specs to make sure it works.

    I think it would be about the same as say a household dryer at 2, 400 watts which is 240 volts at 10 amps 50 Hz AC drawing a surge current higher than 2, 400 watts for a few secs while it starts up. I think the iMiEV charger is similar in terms of surge load for a few secs so 10 amp circuits might be ok, but for safety, I think the spec an regs say it has t be connected to a 15 amp 240 circuit and socket.

    If this works, it will open up a whole new amount of charger points, like at motels and friends’ houses, where 15 amp sockets are not usually already installed.

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