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Tetsuro Aikawa

Mr. Tetsuro Aikawa

Born in 1954

Pioneer in mass produced Lithium-ion battery driven electric vehicles

Overcoming numerous difficulties, automotive engineer Mr. Tetsuro Aikawa went on to develop the world’s first production cars powered by lithium-ion batteries, and in doing so paved the way for today’s global EV boom. In recognition of his great achievements, the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame is honored to induct Mr. Tetsuro Aikawa into the Hall of Fame.

Aikawa made some important contacts as a cellist during his music circle days at university, 1978.

Aikawa with the Mitsubishi Toppo, a pioneering tall Kei-car from 1990.

Aikawa declared that investing in EVs was the only way forward and the rest should come easy…

The Mitsubishi i configuration lended itself well to an underfloor Li-ion battery and rear-mounted motor and inverter.

The i-MiEV was first shown as a concept in October 2006, and entered mass-production in mid-2009.

Seven electric companies entered trials with the i-MiEV in 2007 and Chugoku Electric Power Co. was the first to voice support.

Aikawa visited Iceland for an international seminar in 2008. The President Grimson of Iceland declared himself happy with the efficiency of the i-MiEV.

A parade of 100 i-MiEV vehicles in Nagasaki in 2010 which went on to the Guiness book of world record.

Aikawa giving a lecture on the future of the EV at Tokyo University in 2015.

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