Published on January 27th, 2023 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Mitsubishi eK X EV Is Priced From Just RM78,000
This Mitsubishi eK X compact electric car (EV) is priced from 2,398,000 to 2,932,600 yen which is about RM78,000 to about RM96,000. With our current Malaysian electric car tax incentives, this 10km driving range electric car could be sold in Malaysia for between RM98,000 to RM110,000.
Would you buy it at the above estimate selling price? Will 180km driving range be enough for city commuting? Would this be a great starter electric car for Malaysians? Will Mitsubishi Malaysia consider this electric car for sale?
Meanwhile let us share more details on the eK X EV. The eK X is an all-new, next-generation EV model that joins the eK X series.
Its SUV-like styling is complemented by exclusive parts and a new two-tone color with Mist Blue Pearl and Copper Metallic that gives the car a clean look, emphasizing its character as an EV. Inside, a 7-inch color LCD meter and electric shift lever are adopted to pursue functionality as an EV.
By optimising the layout of the newly developed EV system, the Mitsubishi eK X EV offers the same spacious and comfortable cabin as the petrol powered model, as well as high steering stability and ride comfort made possible by a low center of gravity and an ideal front-rear weight distribution.
With a driving range of 180 km per charge sufficient for everyday use, the eK X EV is a high safety vehicle with a 5 Star rating from provides the smooth, powerful acceleration and the quiet, pleasant ride that are unique to EVs.
In addition, advanced driver assistance systems and connectivity reduce the burden on the driver and provide a safe, secure and comfortable driving experience.
The high-capacity drive battery is reliable in emergencies and can be used as a convenient power source for appliances via a V2L adapter.
Moreover, with V2H8 device, it also helps alleviate problems of power supply and demand by allowing power to be used at home or to charge vehicles.
Interestingly, this all-new eK X EV is available in two trim levels. The fully equipped G comes with a 7-inch color LCD meter and Innovative Pedal Operation Mode, while the high-end P is equipped with additional features including SOS Emergency Assistance and a 9-inch Smartphone-link (SDA) navigation system as standard.
Driving range of 180 km per charge, sufficient for everyday use
Equipped with a newly developed drive battery with a total power capacity of 20 kilowatts (kWh), the all-new Mitsubishi eK X EV offers a driving range of 180 km per charge, which is sufficient for everyday use such as commuting and shopping. As approximately 80 percent of users of kei-cars and compact cars drive 50 km or less per day (Mitsubishi Motors’ survey), it is estimated that most users can drive for two days without recharging.
The vehicle is equipped with two charging ports – regular charging (AC200V/14.5A), which takes about 8 hours to reach a full charge, and quick charging, which takes about 40 minutes to complete an 80 percent charge. This allows for extra convenience, with the regular charging port used at home and the quick charging port used during long-distance excursions.
By employing a cooling system using air conditioner refrigerant in the drive battery to control temperature rises in the battery, a high charge level can be maintained even after repeated high-speed driving and quick charging.
Smooth and powerful driving experience of an EV
The maximum torque is 195 Nm, almost twice that of the gasoline turbo model, and the motor’s damping performance has also been improved to achieve the smooth and powerful driving performance that constitutes EVs’ appeal. In city driving, it drives crisply as the driver intends and can merge smoothly on highways.
Three drive modes are available, allowing the driver to select their desired mode according to driving conditions – Normal mode, which is optimal for city driving; Eco mode, which reduces motor output to improve power consumption; and Sport mode, which gives a crisp, lively throttle response.
The vehicle employs the Innovative Pedal Operation Mode that allows control of acceleration and deceleration just by operating the accelerator pedal. This reduces driver’s fatigue when operating the vehicle by providing appropriate braking force without the need to switch from the accelerator pedal to the brake pedal when decelerating. When stronger deceleration is required or to come to a complete stop, the brake pedal must be used.
The drive battery, which has been made thin, is laid out in an optimal location under the floor, and the roof panel has been made slim to give the vehicle a low center of gravity, thereby reducing roll when cornering. Weight is distributed at a near-ideal ratio of 56:44 between the front and rear to optimize the four-wheel ground load balance, while the suspension is specially tuned to achieve nimble yet stable operability, giving a relaxed, high-quality ride.
A spacious and comfortable cabin
The drive battery has been slimmed down and laid out under the floor to secure rear-seat knee room that is top-level in the vehicle’s class. Shoulder room in the front seats is also among the best in class, ensuring a comfortable cabin space.
The amount of cargo space is secured at a top-level in its class. Furthermore, a single motion from the rear of the cargo area can slide the seats and fold down the rear seatbacks, offering convenience for the user. The regular charging cable can be stored in the storage space under the trunk floor, allowing for efficient use of cargo space.
Driving experience with peace of mind
To ensure that drivers can enjoy driving with peace of mind in any weather or road conditions, the eK X EV comes standard with Grip Control, which helps the driver move off on slippery road surfaces. The system gives improved driving performance by braking the front wheel that starts spinning on snow- covered or muddy road surfaces and by feeding more torque to the other wheel that has grip.
MI-PILOT to support everyday driving
This is the first Mitsubishi vehicle to use the MI-PILOT parking support system, which assists in smooth parking. The system automatically detects possible parking positions and can handle backward parking, forward parking, or parallel parking. (Factory option for the P)
The new Mitsubishi eK X EV is equipped with MI-PILOT single-lane driver assistance technology for highways. The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA) functions reduce the burden on the driver by maintaining a safe distance from vehicles ahead and staying near the center of the lane. (Factory option for the P and G)
The 7-inch color LCD meter displays the status of the vehicle’s brake lights and the operational status of MI-PILOT in an easy-to-understand way, enhancing safety.
Mitsubishi Connect, offering peace of mind through connectivity
Equipped with Mitsubishi Connect to support a safe, secure and comfortable driving experience. In addition to SOS Emergency Assistance, the system supports the driving experience with convenient features such as Vehicle Status Report, which allows users to check the remaining drive battery level and door status, Remote Climate Control, which allows users to start air conditioning remotely, Remote Charge, which notifies the driver when charging is complete, and Car Finder, which locates where the vehicle has been parked. (Equipped as standard on the P, factory option for the G)
Large-capacity drive battery that serves as a reliable source of electricity
If connected to V2H device at home, the power stored in the drive battery can be used in the home during the day when power usage is high. Then, at night, the drive battery can be recharged, contributing to shifting peak electricity demand.
The power stored in the drive battery is equivalent to about one day’s worth of power for an average household, and in the event of a power outage, it can be used with a V2H device to provide a reliable emergency power source. Also, with a V2L adapter, the vehicle can be used to power electronics and appliances, such as during camping and other outdoor activities.