2012 Mitsubishi iMiEV Autonet ca

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Mitsubishi i-MiEV not just for city dwellers

Mitsubishi claims a realistic driving range of 133 km, but fully charged our gauge never showed more than 120 km.

GLEN . I wanted to see if the i-MiEV could be more than strictly an urban runabout. And I guess that depends on how far you are from the nearest dealer. Ours is 75 km away, so it would have to have a fast charger in order for us to get it back home after servicing.

My wife Connie absolutely loved the little four-seat sedan — there’s something about stopping to buy gas that she considers a huge waste of time — and it was no problem with the i-MIEV for her to run into town a few times (it’s a 30-km round trip) before it needed to be recharged. However, she couldn’t make it to her favourite mall and back because there is no infrastructure there (yet) for recharging electric vehicles.

Mitsu claims a realistic driving range of 133 km, but fully charged our gauge never showed more than 120 km — even after the maximum 22 hours plugged in to ordinary household (110-120V) current.

HARRY . It’s a funky-looking creature isn’t it? And it’s much larger on the inside than its exterior would indicate.

People who buy these things are encouraged to plan their trips in order to travel the shortest distance possible. We didn’t do that; we went where the spirit moved us into every quadrant of Calgary without regard to distance.

When we got back to the dealership which has a 240V charger for the car, we had 18 km on the “distance to empty” gauge and 96 km on the trip odometer. That’s a total of 112km on a full charge fairly short of the claimed 150.

With the 240V charger, it takes 8 hours to fully restore i-MiEV power. Long time; short range.

GLEN . Yes, it’s funky, but it drives like a real car especially if you don’t suffer “range anxiety” and can switch from Eco mode to D (for Drive), which provides full power for best acceleration. There’s a third transmission setting B (for Brake) — which intensifies regenerative braking to charge the lithium ion battery. I tried this out in the hilly roads near my home with 89 km range left.

After driving the 10 km to my house I still had 89 km showing.

Although i-MiEV’s base MSRP of $32,998 may seem high, in Ontario the provincial government will rebate $8,230, making it much more competitive with gasoline-powered econocars.

HARRY . You’re right, it drives pretty well aside from some dive in corners and a quirky little rear end kick-up going over a hump.

I like the i-MiEV, although they could get rid of that “i” in the name, since it has no relevance here — it stands for the i car marketed with a gas engine in Asia.

Pat says: “If I had about $40,000 for a get-around-the-city car, I’d buy one. It’s comfortable, reasonably peppy, quiet and has enough space to carry bags and small boxes.”

We had the Premium Package, which adds $3,000 to the base price, but has nice touches like navigation, Bluetooth, premium audio system, alloy wheels and a list of other upgrades.

And there’s no green rebate out here in Alberta, pardner.

GLEN . I didn’t notice the dive in corners. You must have been really hammering it which isn’t that hard to do with the instant torque electric motors provide. I had my eye firmly fixed on “distance to empty.” That’ll be the most important gauge for anyone buying this car.

I’d like to see Mitsubishi add a Nissan Leaf-type of information display that shows how much you’re affecting the car’s remaining range by using accessories like the air conditioner.

Your model was a little fancier than mine, but both have an EV charging cable that’s barely long enough. (No extension cords, please!) I had to back into the driveway so the cable could reach the outlet in my garage.

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Ontario Hydro rates mean it will cost about the price of a large cup of takeout coffee to recharge a depleted battery using 120V. I’d spring for the $1,200 or so it costs for the 240V quick charger that will do the job in about four hours.

HARRY . That range gauge does grab attention, doesn’t it?

The cord IS short and it’s interesting that there are receptacles on either side of the car, one for household 120V and the other for the 240V cord. Your Ontario rebate would more than cover the cost of the quick charger, but since I think 22 hours is way to long to wait, I’d spring for the $1,200 too.

All things said and done, I’m not sure this is the car for acreage owners, but for a city-dweller, it works extremely well.

Fact file

Year/Make/Model . 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Price as tested . $32,998

Warranty (powertrain) . 5 years/ 100,000 km (powertrain/EV components); 8 years/ 160,000 km (battery).

Warranty (basic) . 3 years/ 60,000 km

Competitors . Nissan Leaf; Smart Fortwo Electric Drive

Freight . $1,450

Options . Premium Pkg. ($3,000) inc. 40 GB HDD navigation with Mitsubishi Multi-Communication System, real-time traffic, touchscreen, driver computer information, rearview monitor, premium audio system, Bluetooth, 15-inch alloy wheels, upgraded seat material, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

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