2012 Mia Electric Microbus First Drive Report

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2012 Mia Electric Microbus: Drive Report

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Mia Electric microbus

Sometimes a inventor or a team of engineers the way we think about an appliance or a we’ve lived with for — producing a revolutionary new that makes us wonder how we lived without it.

But sometimes a revolutionary new design is little than changing something for sake, producing a product never quite catches on.

So electric automaker Mia invited us to drive its tiny electric ahead of the 2011 Frankfurt Show — complete a centrally-mounted driving position we had to see if it was revolutionary or just plain

Unique design

Placing the in a centrally-mounted position directly the front wheelbase, the Mia and Mia L replace outward opening doors two sliding doors which access to both the front and the two — or three in the case of the Mia L rear seats.

Mia electric at Frankfurt Motor Show, 2011

Getting into the we’re reminded of the seating of various delivery trucks and buses we’ve driven the years, complete with seems likes a huge Sadly, the central driving minimizes rearward visibility, the interior rear-view mirror us with little more a view of the rear passengers.

For the rear passengers too, an air of bus about the seating arrangement, two of the rear seats gaining a unobstructed view of the road the driver, complete with legroom.

Built for the city

Mia tells us the Mia, Mia L and Mia van are all capable of in excess of 60 miles per hour, not sure we’d want to try it. in the confines of the test track complete with a 30 miles-per-hour speed — the Mia L felt sluggish.

But Mia isn’t trying to a freeway commuting car. Its trio are designed specifically the city in mind.

That’s best illustrated by the impressive circle all three cars During out test-drive, we were to execute a full 180 degree in a space less than 28 wide.

Noisy motor, cabin

In to keep the weight of all three down, Mia hasn’t used a deal of sound deadening in its cars.

As a consequence, there’s a whine from the electric and gearbox — along a reasonable amount of wind and clattering from the stiff

Cheaper than some, but not as equipped

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While the Mia is an interesting to drive — and one we think be ideal as an urban taxicab or a vehicle for a local florist or business — it just compete on price with electric vehicles. we’re not it is particularly competitive on price.

Mia electric microbus at Frankfurt Show, September 2011

the Mia L we drove. Retailing at around ($33,700), it’s less than the European specification Mitsubishi i-Miev and the European 2011 Nissan Leaf [but more expensive than the specification 2012 Mitsubishi i even after Mitsubishi’s price-hike .]


With one more a higher interior specification, dealer support and a longer the more conventional Mitsubishi i is a more convincing buy.  we Europeans will go for the more but more versatile mainstream

In conclusion

Admittedly, Europeans much more of a love-affair quirky, small vehicles the U.S. — which is why this vehicle has attracted a amount of attention in France, and the U.K.

And while we can see the Mia being in those cities where cobbled streets cause for larger, more conventional we can’t see it ever competing more conventional cars.

In the Mia is such a niche vehicle we just can’t see it catching on.

Mia has questioned the status quo of vehicle — but the solution it offers about to start a revolution in car

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