First drive The allelectric Mitsubishi i MiEV

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MITSUBISHI i-MiEV – Electric Car Keiko 47kW Auto

First drive: The all-electric i MiEV

Barry Park

fairly easy to tell the all-electric Mitsubishi i MiEV is not the same as any other car on our roads.

For there’s its shape. The five-door has a similar narrow-shouldered, tall to some other larger imports that already here, but the i MiEV’s tiny seems to over-emphasise its odd proportions.

Our car, the only road-registered one in and described by Mitsubishi as price

sits on tiny 15-inch wheels that seem to awkwardly off the bottom corners of the chassis.

Mitsubishi is keen to get the across that the i MiEV is a normal car. Certainly, from the small visual it looks enough like

It has four doors like a car, a standard hatch-back, two seats and a quite upright bench for another two passengers. says it has the same passive and safety measures as the 660cc version on which it is based, so is as safe in a front or side

Walking around the i MiEV, the telltale sign that it is different — aside the bright promotional livery around it — is the household-ready socket covered with a bung that sits in an recess on the right rear

Pop open the little door on the flank where you’d expect to see the petrol filler and instead it’s a specialist for the rapid recharging unit.

the i MiEV into a household plug and it will recharge the of 88 batteries kept under the to 100 per cent capacity in about hours, while a rapid will fill the batteries to 80 per capacity (as a built-in safety it won’t fully charge the in 30 minutes.


Range from the 330-volt — which powers the wheels via an electric motor under the floor of the boot is put at 160km, with a top speed of There’s no gearbox; just a box that dilutes the speed of the electric motor, removing the for a single gear almost as big as the The car reverses by flip-flopping the power to run the motor backwards.

At the moment, not even a special EV sticker on the plate that denotes the i as an electric car, similar to used for hybrid or LPG-powered

At 1080kg, the i MiEV is about heavier than its 660cc donor car.

Slip in the wheel, and almost everything is There’s a radio, an air-conditioning indicator stalk and the settings for wipers and lights (some of is powered using a conventional battery). In between the front is a very normal-looking gearstick although with D, E and B settings of the more familiar D and L.

The D setting is normal driving which allows the i MiEV to to a stop, feeding minimal from braking back the bank of batteries. E is for economy that will use a little engine braking to feed a more power back the batteries. The B setting selects regenerative braking.

Also of is the uninspired interior. Drab conventional analogue gauges and cloth trim don’t do a lot to people to what in all other is being presented as a cutting-edge

Starting the i MiEV is a familiar — turn the ignition one click past the accessories crank it like a normal and that’s it. A small, green indicator lights up on the dash the system is ready to roll.

Our behind the wheel was limited to a steer along a pre-selected route around Adelaide’s streets.

MITSUBISHI i-MiEV – Electric Car Keiko 47kW Auto

It was enough time, though, to how the i MiEV would perform in duties.

The electric motor may produce 47kW — the same as a decade-old Toyota — but its biggest drawcard is a 180Nm of torque from the the car starts rolling.

Acceleration, is silky smooth and accompanied by a whine that rises in with speed building at a that’s adequate for keeping up the cut and thrust of city traffic. As are no gears, there’s no interruption. A needle gauge to one side of the shows if the electric motor is power — denoted by a zone — or feeding back into the battery denoted by a blue zone.

through the driving modes, no real difference between the driving mode and the economy Moving the selector into B did in a marked increase in the amount of coming from the engine causing the indicator needle to deeper into the blue

At speed, the i MiEV is surprisingly a distinct contrast to past with electric cars. no noise other than a whine from the spinning and the slight rush of wind the car’s low-drag form.

Adelaide’s city streets, the provided a good ride excellent cornering. Our only of it is levelled at its performance over bumps, where the lightweight i bounded quite harshly the surface.

Our short loop one of the 16 segments off the LED gauge showing the charge in the batteries. Each represents about 10km

Ironically, at the end of our drive the i MiEV was back to the semi-trailer that part of its travelling roadshow for a recharge so that local could take their behind the wheel. Providing the A diesel-engined generator.

So, is Australia ready for an electric car as the i MiEV? Yes and no. Yes, as the lines are blurring between the drive of electric and conventionally-engined vehicles to the that we shouldn’t notice difference behind the wheel.

And no, in some respects the i MiEV that rather than the car for the future, we’re still giving it a fancy name.

MITSUBISHI i-MiEV – Electric Car Keiko 47kW Auto
MITSUBISHI i-MiEV – Electric Car Keiko 47kW Auto
MITSUBISHI i-MiEV – Electric Car Keiko 47kW Auto
MITSUBISHI i-MiEV – Electric Car Keiko 47kW Auto
MITSUBISHI i-MiEV – Electric Car Keiko 47kW Auto

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