The Mitsubishi eK X EV electric car has recently debuted: in fact, it is an electric version of the Mitsubishi eK X model – the so-called “K-car”, which are quite popular in Japan. After all, such cars are not only compact (up to 3.4 meters) and low power (maximum 64 hp), but also have significant benefits. It is not surprising K-cars are in the model range of virtually every local car manufacturer.
But because these are very specific models, created for one market, sometimes there are joint developments between the two partner brands. So it turned out this time: the electric car Mitsubishi eK X EV has a twin brother from Nissan with a charming name – Nissan Sakura.
However, let’s return to the Mitsubishi eK X EV electric car. Especially since it is not inferior in technical terms to Nissan, but made in a more interesting SUV-style: flat bumpers, protective black overlays at the bottom, the characteristic chrome design of the front. And there is almost a real SUV before us! This is hinted at by even a separate mode of Grip Control settings for off-road driving.
However, in general, the technical equipment is identical for two electric vehicles: a battery with a capacity of 20 kWh, an electric motor with a capacity of 47 kW or 64 hp, front-wheel drive, three driving modes – the usual Eco, Normal, Sport. Interestingly, the electric motor offers 195 Nm of torque: almost twice as much as in conventional versions of these K-cars. However, another interesting number is the distance of up to 180 km on one full battery charge.
It takes about eight hours to fully charge the battery when connected to a regular household outlet, or only 30-40 minutes when using special charging stations. Both electric cars weigh 1060-1070 kg (depending on the specific model, version, equipment) with a weight distribution of 56:44 between the front/rear axle.
Among other things, it is worth noting the design of the interior, built around two large displays: a 7-inch monitor is used as a dashboard, and a 9-inch touchscreen is responsible for controlling the audio system and connecting a smartphone. By the way, it is in the interior that the most characteristic features of Nissan cars are found: the shape of the steering wheel, the design of the center panel, etc.
Sales of electric vehicles in the Japanese market will begin in the summer. The expected cost is about $18-19 thousand, but thanks to local subsidies, the price tag will start at $14 thousand.
That’s how an ironic smile turns into a real curiosity of a potential buyer! Does it?…