Mitsubishi iMiEV Eco Tourism Pilot Demo Program at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

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Mitsubishi i-MiEV Eco Tourism Demo Program at Four Resort, Langkawi

Langkawi not for the first time. Peering out MH1438 s window, the cluster of 99 in the blue sea that make up immediately calms the mind, and a smile. And when the Four Resort is your home from home, you ll want to for awhile.

But we got work to do, so time to get and dirty.

Or not, because the car we re to drive is as clean as they Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia, in October last year the first to register a full vehicle in Malaysia. is launching its Pilot Demonstration Program, the i-MiEV.

If you don t already know, the is based on MMC s i minicar, but there s no combustion engine and no need to because it s 100% battery and rechargeable. Zero tailpipe too.

And it s no fancy concept the i-MiEV is a production car already on elsewhere, and hopefully one day, It was first sold domestically in before European sales in 2010. The little car was launched in America late last

Here s how the program works. MMM is one unit of the i-MiEV to Four Langkawi, where guests of the resort can use around the island, for No money required, just

This will go on for two months 23 February. The stated mission is to better understanding of customer and expectations from an EV. There s prestige to be had for both parties in my opinion, since everyone is their eco credentials these

Fundamentally, eco tourism means as little environmental impact as and encouraging the preservation of environment visiting a place. 100% with zero emissions, yet surprising power and a smooth ride, the i-MiEV is the greenest way to in Langkawi, Tetsuya Oda, CEO of MMM

This fits perfectly our philosophy of engaging in sustainable that conserve natural and reduce environmental impact, Larrieu, Four Seasons Resort Manager chipped in.

We understand that after its at Four Seasons, WVY 159 will to serve Langkawi at another By the way, MMM, as pioneer, through nearly one year of with various authorities to chart a new course in a system tax is charged according to engine capacity (the i-MiEV has remember), among other


And of course, there s the usual of getting type approval If you re wondering, road tax for the i-MiEV is per year, after a 50% EV discount. Not how they arrived there,

Notice the road tax sticker 49000 W in place of where the cubic capacity normally as it the i-MiEV s 49kW motor

At the event, we also learnt new from Takayuki Yatabe of MMC s EV Promotion Department. In a did you know the Tokyo based exec that the i-MiEV is great as an power source, since its ion battery pack stores the of one and a half days of the electricity by a typical Japanese household.

He added that MMC is developing that will allow to supply up to 1,500 watts of to power electric jugs, cookers, hair dryers, and small but vital appliances. Not so here perhaps, but Japan is hit by earthquakes, which could out electricity supply. In fact, 60 of the i-MiEV were used for purposes in the earthquake/tsunami disaster year, when gasoline dried up.

After all that, I into the car for a spin round the Having driven various EVs including a pre-production i-MiEV, the wasn t as eye opening as it could be, but it s a stark contrast from motoring. For one, you twist the key design as other Mitsus) but s no resulting sound or vibration, a signal from the instrument that the i-MiEV is ready to

Step on it and it glides off with a whirr.

Yes, the sound on off and low speeds is manufactured and comes out a speaker. This is for safety in case pedestrians can t hear an EV Apparently, the sound has been upon by all carmakers, sort of an official EV noise if there s a thing.

Sounds very and I wouldn t have noticed if didn t say, honestly.

your foot on the gas and the ample (180 Nm from rest) you to highway speeds in a blink. It s a powerful regular car, without the engine/exhaust note we re to. The rate of acceleration tapers off you re cruising along, but one s not meant to around in this anyway.

keeping an eye on the Charge/Eco/Power bar becomes nature. Lower is better, lasts longer.

Everything feels regular, except tyre roar becomes so more apparent when it s the noise you hear. The steering a little heavy for me, although s no big issue with the regenerative (some early hybrids these brakes had odd pedal

The i-MiEV is a great runabout, and I can see driving it everyday without Measured by the New European Driving (NEDC) the car is capable of 150 km on a full Even if we take 100 km as a realistic many daily routines be covered, and charging can be done (eight hours at 230 volts).

Can t be cumbersome, since some charge their smartphones often than that!

The thing stopping MMM is cost. EVs and batteries are currently expensive to and it will be uncompetitive without incentives in the form of rebates and If you re wondering how long the batteries in the will last Mitsubishi about 70% capacity by the end of 10 years.

To you an idea, the Japanese government a subsidy of 50% of the difference in price EV and regular model. For instance, if a Mitsubishi i is RM100k and the i-MiEV s price is RM200k, the subsidy be worth RM50k. Currently, the G i-MiEV is priced at JPY 3.8 million but after subsidy, the price JPY 2.84 million, or RM108,381.

In the US, the i-MiEV is priced around after rebate.

Norway is a example of how popular an EV can be with Tax and VAT exempt, the i-MiEV also zero toll and can use bus lanes, it the best selling A-segment in the country. Is the future electric?

It s all the money, at the end of the day.

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