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Full Review of the 2013 i-MiEV

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Mitsubishi has been reinventing its and lineup these past few with the announcement and killing off of of their long running like the Eclipse and Galant, and the of the “i” cars. Mitsubishi is turning it s more toward fuel and electric power. Their introduction of this to the U.S. is the i-MiEV, which stands for innovative Electric Vehicle.

We had the to spend a few days with all electric car to see what we thought it as a vehicle for Texans.

The first and telling attribute showed it s right away with the of the car. Usually when we vehicles, they are dropped off at our then we drive them and around town for a week. they are picked back up at our The day of the drop-off, I received a call the event company who supplies with Mitsubishi cars in our I was told that because my is over 40-miles from my they were just to deliver it to my house as to not risk the of me not making it home in the car.

Although this car is rated at you’ll really have to perfect conditions to get that of range and being on the highway at just won’t cut it.

When I did get the to drive the car, I took it out my neighborhood to try and get a feel for how it drives. I quietly and comfortably through the feeling more like I was in a insulated golf cart a true family hatchback. The is good, and at slow speeds, the and wind noise are minimal.

All you hear is the spinning of the electric as you cruise down the street. I’ve driven all-electric and plugin-hybrid cars with EV before, it’s always driving a car with no engine as you crank it up or accelerate down the

Like all electric vehicles, the has pretty good acceleration as coming from an electric is instantaneous. You also get regenerative that will use the energy by braking to replenish your This is always a great and feature for electric and hybrid alike.

In this case, the regenerative was the most aggressive I’ve As soon as you lift off the accelerator you feel the brakes being and sometimes it can even jerk the around in your hands.

I’m out of my now and traveling down a long road. Not surprisingly getting down the road by a Tahoe doesn’t think my little car is cool or cute as I’m preserving my by driving the speed limit. I’m up to the highway and have traveled a of 7.2-miles at this point.

life is looking good as it we’re still three-fourths but it’s time to see how this handles on the highway.

Getting up to on the highway doesn’t take effort, and to much surprise, the car itself quite well down the highway at 70-mph. quite pleased with the way car handles on the highway, I looked at the battery life. Above speedometer is something like a that will show you how the engine is reving. This show you when the regenerative is recharging your batteries, and you’re driving along, it show if you’re driving or using full power.

It seemed that anything 60-mph left no way for the engine to economically. This resulted in our dropping from three-fourths to under a half charge in a sprint down the highway.

just under half I decided to make my way home as I feel like having to a tow truck. I drove much trying to utilize the regenerative as much as possible. Luckily, I was back toward town so I was the kind of driving that car was meant to be doing.

My total trip ended up being including country road a short sprint down the and some in town driving. I into the driveway with a charge left which me happy they decided to the i-MiEV off at my house and not my office day.

I got out of the car and opened up my garage to this baby up. There are two ports on either side of the I’m guessing one is a Japanese or European and the other for the U.S. or some of that. Anyway, my 110-volt only fit on one side so I hooked it up and about it.

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I have no doubt that the of cars will be electric as you use no gas, create no pollution, and no real maintenance requirements on the There still remains challenges though, the most one being range. This is a battery issue that won’t be solved anytime

Vehicles that can claim 100-miles in range are way out of the reach of buyers, and cars that are affordable still have low batteries and force the car to be a restricted car.

Not only do you have a low but time to charge is a challenge many have been The i-MiEV will take you to fully charge on a 220v but for us who use a 110v charger, we’re at 22-hours for a full charge.

That leads into challenge, and that’s infrastructure. if you live within roundtrip of your house, you’re to drive to work and back and plug in at night. What apartment complexes or high condos?

What if you need a charge as you’re stopping at the store? None of this is in place in a mass way today.

challenge for electric vehicles, and the easiest hurdle in the big scheme of is price. The base price of car is $29,125 for an ES trim. You can also one in SE trim starting at $31,125 and for SE you’re looking at $33,915 our tester.

You can still get an electric car tax of $7,500 which brings the car into reality but it’s way overpriced for the quality you get. is also the cheapest electric car you can buy in the today, although Nissan has a big price drop on the Leaf.

So at point, I still think too soon to be looking at an electric car the i-MiEV to be useful as your mode of transport. For certain yes, it will work for you as a traveler when you don’t more than 20 to 30 miles a but in most cases, it’s not there quite yet. if you are one of those cases that make use out of the range, you’ll save enough in fuel to outweigh the crazy price of the car

You could buy a cheap hatchback gets decent fuel and save a bunch of money and still have a much all around car.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV family
Mitsubishi i-MiEV family


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