Behind the wheel Mitsubishi iMIEV electric car

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Behind the wheel: Mitsubishi electric car

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I just spent the weekend Mitsubishi’s promising new all-electric the i-MIEV (pronounced EYE-meev). that’s not quite true. I the weekend charging the i-MIEV.

I drove it.

Within limits, the is brilliant. The packaging is amazing in for such a tiny footprint it can fit adults with ease, if they happen to be 6-foot basketball players. And it accelerates emits very little at low speeds and has acres of glass to let in of light.

The version we have, on loan Mitsubishi for a few days, is what the is already selling in Japan for $50,000 a copy: a Smart rear-wheel drive four-door powered by a 16-kwh lithium-ion and a 47-kw motor, the equivalent of 64

When I pried the i-MIEV from my colleagues on Friday the residual-charge indicator showed a hair less than a “tank” remaining—7 bars on the 16-bar scale. My trip 12 miles away, should no problem, I figured.

Under conditions the i-MIEV has a rated of 160 kilometers, or 100 miles. Conditions not ideal. It was dark, so headlights on.

And at 27 degrees F, it was cold, so I had the heater on. advises that using the cuts the maximum range in half. That should leave me about 40 km, or 25 miles. Or

The first 10 miles were The i-MIEV has plenty of zip, keeping up with other and it’s got the nimbleness (and ride) typical of a really car. The motor makes a whine while accelerating, but at cruising speed, all you hear is noise.

And lots of it.

Because particular car was made for Japan, the was on the right and center-console controls are with the left hand. I a good deal of time to make the heater blow The “Auto” setting didn’t to be doing much, so I cranked the temp and fan controls all the way up.

Even so, the air coming from the was just slightly warmer tepid.

The charge-gauge sat still for the couple of miles then to decline rapidly, from 7 to three, then two. At point a handy little on the meter, a gas pump and extension-cord began blinking hopefully. set in.

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I’m only two miles from but what, exactly, will I do if I to pull over by the roadside? a tow truck? Go get my Honda generator?

A can of gas or a pair of jumper cables help out here.

But I did make it.

at home with the cute i-MIEV snuggled up to our front I found it very easy to in the heavy-duty 19-foot extension provided with the car. A charge using regular house current is reckoned to 12 to 13 hours—half that if you have service available.

On Saturday my wife and I took the i-MIEV for a round trip to town and On the highway stretch, we easily 65 mph but the car didn’t seem happy much above that. Top according to Mitsubishi, is 81 mph.

During a sprint up a long I watched the state-of-charge gauge retreat, apparently consuming the of an eighth of our range in a couple of

The several strangers who ambled up to the car at the we were attending all had the same questions: What’s it like to what’s it going to cost, and will it be available? My answers: nicer than the Smart about $30,000 assuming government tax breaks, and late or maybe 2011, depending on a of factors.

The i-Miev was designed for and is suited to condensed downtowns. But for like mine, suburbanites on the fringe of the boonies, range-anxiety is the in the room in any electric-car conversation. No how well it performs, a car with an range of 60 miles is equivalent to a car running with its low-fuel light always on.

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