The world of e-vehicle development is an ever-evolving space featuring the talents of some of the best and brightest engineering minds of our time, and we are very proud to reveal that Mitsubishi has been taking some major strides in this space.
In May of this year, Mitsubishi Motors and Nissan Global, jointly introduced two brand-new light electric vehicles that had been developed under the banner of NMKV, a joint venture between these two automotive giants. The Mitsubishi model in question is the all-new eK X EV (pronounced ‘eK cross EV’) – a Kei vehicle that showcases the very best of the companies’ combined electrification prowess.
Kei cars are compact city runabouts that are tailored to the needs of urban commuters in busy Japanese cities. Vehicles that fall in this segment are 63 horsepower and a maximum of 3,400 millimetres of overall length. However, despite their smaller stature, EV-powered Kei vehicles like the eK X are actually somewhat sportier than their gasoline equivalents, since there is there’s no restriction on maximum torque.
In this case, the eK X actually boasts a whopping 144 pound-feet of torque, which means it’s zippy, to say the least. Additionally, this future-proof vehicle also has an impressive 180 km range, comfortable seating for four occupants, as well as a perfectly respectable amount of boot space even when all seats are full.
It’s also wonderful to drive, thanks to a very strategic design. The 20 kWh battery pack was developed using a stacking method for the cells, which are laid out under the floor of the car. The slim roof panel that was used also influences the centre of gravity of the vehicle, making it lower, which aids in efficient cornering; while the 56:44 weight distribution ratio between the front and the rear of the Kei makes ground load balance a cinch. All of this makes for a very relaxed ride.
There are currently three models of the eK X on sale in Japan, including an entry-level, Eco, and Sport.
We are loving all this innovative energy from Mitsubishi and will share more news about developments in this space as soon as it becomes available, so keep an eye out! In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with the seasoned sales personnel at our Group 1 Mitsubishi branches in Kuils River and Stellenbosch to learn more about the wonderful new, used, and demo vehicles currently on our showroom floors.