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By Graeme Fletcher, Postmedia October 14, 2011

Electric have been slow to inroads into the mainstream for a number of reasons, the main one range anxiety. Heading the test of the Mitsubishi iMiEV, arrives in dealerships in November, I expected to run headlong into if not all of these reasons. It was not as expected.

the car has its limitations, but they stop short of being described as

The i-MiEV — or Mitsubishi Electric Vehicle — is on Mitsubishi’s i car, a diminutive that’s just 3,395 long. The Canadian version has widened by 110 mm when compared the Japanese model, which some needed elbow The transformation from i to i-MiEV by ditching the fuel tank, and transmission and installing the electric

In this case, the main lithium ion battery is housed the vehicle, where it is protected in the of a crash. It can be charged one of three Using a 110-volt outlet a lengthy 22.5 hours to recharge a depleted battery. A outlet cuts the time to a realistic seven hours. The method uses a DC fast-charger, instills an 80 per cent charge in 30

This last method is not yet available, although there is a located on Portland’s Electric

The electric motor and power are located at the back of the car beneath the floor. The location means the retains its utility, offering cubic feet of space the seats up and 50.5 cu. ft. with folded flat.

After the i-MiEV to life, little to happen. Only a smallgreen symbol told me the car was primed for Shift into Drive and the of silence ushers the car off the line surprising alacrity. True, the 66 and 145 poundfeet of torque the electric generates don’t look much on paper, but, as the develops peak torque Rev One, the i-MiEV picks up its side sills and runs to 100 an hour in about 10 seconds.

It’s far from fast, but the is more than enough to the cut and thrust of an urban commute. claims it has a 155-kilometre driving with a fully charged

The i-MiEV has three driving — Drive, Eco and Brake. The mode is Drive. It brings the balance between performance and the of the regenerative braking that up the battery whenever the driver to slow or brake. Brake offers the same level of but it ramps up the level of regenerative to the point where it can be used to the car to a halt. This action recharges the battery faster.

The Eco softens both aspects to the where it will likely see use.

As for the rest of it, the i-MiEV its own very nicely when in a normal manner. The ride is and there’s little in the way of body Likewise, the electric steering is and precise at slow speeds and it up nicely as speeds rise. too hard, however, and the i-MiEV slip into understeer of a lack of mass up front.

Aside from a couple of and the master cylinder, there is little under the hood.

The drive was broken up into short runs between of interest. The run to the final stop of the took us up a long, steep to a magnificent vista point. The back to Portland called for a of this route. However, my partner and I decided to take a route past several waterfalls.

Unfortunately, this the length of the drive. We left an 80 per cent charge and a 75-km drive ahead. Unfortunately, driving is all take with no give from regenerative

With about 10 km to go to our destination, the gauge (a stylized gas pump a plug instead of a nozzle at the end of the began to flash with an urgency.

The good news was the end of the drive meandered through Portland, so there was ample regeneration to stretch the range. we made it back to the hotel the need for one of us to get out and push. The reality was there was probably 15 km or more in the battery with the regenerative doing its thing, but range caused by the flashing gauge to be very real.

The lesson was profound — the i-MiEV is suited for whirring about but it’s not very well to an extended highway run. As all electric-only rides, this may its appeal, but it did not diminish the fact the i-MiEV is a viable mode of transportation.

Mitsubishi would to sell 1,000 units in the year — ambitious but not out of The i-MiEV will be priced at The Premium pack ($3,000) among other things, a sound system and a navigation with a backup camera.

The i-MiEV’s pricing has to be tempered by the offered in Ontario (up to $8,500) and ($7,900). In Ontario, it qualifies for a of $8,230. In somewhat of an ironic Ontario’s rebate program those electric vehicles consume more electricity the act of charging — the Nissan and its larger battery (but driving range) is the only car to get the rebate so far.

Go figure.

footprint of an electric vehicle is by a country’s power sources

How of an environmental footprint the electric car in its wake very much on the source of electricity. In Norway, an car would leave a significantly environmental footprint than its counterpart because 99 per cent of the is hydroelectric.

In Canada, it is pretty much a because of the blend of power (hydro-electric, nuclear and coal). In however, the electric car would a much larger environmental on a life cycle basis its gasoline-powered cousin because the of the country’s electricity (77 per cent) is by coal-fired generation. Without electricity, the electric car is less the cleaner and greener ride so suggest.

Copyright (c) The Regina

Date posted: October 14,

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