How-It’s-Made Video: Mitsubishi i-MiEV

by Ben N on February 27, 2013

Since I’ve been working on taking apart the flood-damaged Mitsubishi i-MiEV and posting videos on it, a YouTube subscriber sent me a link to a great video on how the car is made!

This video is in two parts, for about 45 minutes total, and is extremely well produced. My favorite are shots from the assembly line and battery manufacturing where the viewer can actually see what you usually can’t in a finished vehicle. It always amazes me how much work goes into building a car, whether gas or electric.

It’s pretty cool to see the shiny new insides of a battery pack when I’ve only otherwise seen one that’s been soaking in saltwater for months! The beginning of part two covers the battery pack, so click that one if you want to go straight there! (I was also excited to see the frame anti-rust dip at 3:45 in part two, for obvious reasons!)

Besides manufacturing, the film also covers all the design and pre-production work that went into the car, and finishes up with a race-car based on the i-MiEV in the Pike’s Peak mountain -climbing race!

Take a look at this great two-part video!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bob D March 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm

This ‘part 2’ video is absolute dynamite! They give you close-ups, exploded views. Shoot! they even tell you the voltages and power parameters!

I myself appreciate the fact that the power train and the rear suspension can be removed as one piece. Just like the old air-cooled Volkswagen.

It’s interesting history that the “A6M Zero” fighter plane was made at the same factory. Now they are turning out this very positive vehicle for a world wide market.

2 TheOne March 9, 2013 at 10:48 am

I wonder if the same emi emissions test were done for so called smart meters as seen in Part 1.

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