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The plan: Drive one of i-Miev electric cars San Francisco to Sacramento. But there two things wrong. No.

1, the i-Miev is on Mitsubishi’s i model, a Japanese car designed for cities and not the length of freeway we would drive California’s Central Valley. No 2, it is 85 from San Francisco to Sacramento and puts the i-Miev’s best at 80 miles.

We can solve one of these with a stop at a new Eaton charger in Vacaville, about 55 outside of San Francisco. That should bring the i-Miev’s to an 80 percent charge in 25 minutes, us that rapid is a relative Mitsubishi scheduled a lunch the recharge stop, as five would need to take at the single charging station.

We presented with a small of i-Mievs, various test that had been brought to California from Japan, all right-hand drive. Our first in right-hand drive is that you on the windshield wipers to signal a

Bigger on the inside

At a little than 11 feet long and than 5 feet wide, the is a tiny car; however, it is roomy inside thanks to its roofline. We imagined zipping the dense urban streets of San parking with ease at any bit of curbing and slaloming down streets. But no, our route plan put us amongst tractor-trailer rigs down a multilane blacktop at of about 65 mph.

Powering the 25-kilowatt electric motor is a ion battery pack. Using a 120-volt power outlet, you can the battery to full in 8 hours to 12 At a 240 volt outlet, common for appliances such as dryers, you can recharge its battery in 4 hours to 6

Eaton’s rapid charger, relies on a three-phase 208-volt takes 25 minutes to charge the up to 80 percent capacity.

Our test were lined up, ready to go a full charge. We got in and joined the caravan of automotive journalists a variety of publications. As we expected, the size of the i-Miev made maneuvering easy.

The electric motor also ready acceleration; other had no reason to complain as we were off the line, reaching city limits faster than other cars around us.

The wasn t built with freeways in mind.


Aware of the long trip we remained careful about go pedal use. The i-Miev just fine, and its regenerative system gives the battery a so we adjusted our driving style to long stretches of acceleration. Of merging onto the freeway, we had no but to push the i-Miev to a traffic-friendly

Once our Japanese spec’ed showed about 100 kilometers per on the digital speedometer, we settled in for the cruise. All of these cars had a basic radio, but a Mitsubishi promised a sassier version of the car it goes on sale in the U.S. in 2011. That should the availability of the Mitsubishi Multi-Entertainment a hard drive-based navigation and unit similar to what seen in the Mitsubishi Lancer .

The i-Miev can maintain an acceptable on the freeway in the right lanes, but feel like we could get speed acceleration for quick and left lane work. is a slight whine from the when accelerating, but, in its drive system is quiet. in the i-Miev, we didn’t hear road noise, and we easily on a conversation with our driving while covering the miles.

on empty

Just before our stop in Vacaville, Calif. we had to a range of mountains that us to heavily use the accelerator. The little climbed the long ascents like the little engine could. Admittedly, our own trepidation pushing the accelerator too hard for too is why it didn’t jet up the hills.

But that was justified as we saw the level on the digital meter decline rapidly. Our meter, shown in kilometers, took a beating during climb.

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The final push was downhill, is a good thing as our car had just had it. The range meter showed 4 kilometers left when we the freeway. But that was plenty of to drive the few blocks to the recharging

Although the battery was drained in 55 well short of Mitsubishi’s 80 mile maximum range, we surprised by the difference considering the we had been driving and the terrain.

of supercharger fame, installed its new charger at the recharging station, to a variety of other electric car including one for Tesla and a few for electric RAV4s, the latter being an electric car effort that has been dropped.

The i-Miev s is built on the SAE J1772 specification, electric conduits and communication

(Credit: Wayne Cunningham/CNET)

a town of almost 100,000 and a former Pony Express hosts a surprising number of car charging stations because of a city council. The charging we were using is covered by an of solar panels and, the panels aren’t the sole of electricity, it is 100 percent carbon said one of the Vacaville city we spoke with.

The Eaton charger as well as the newer chargers on hand use the SAE connector, a new standard for electric car plugs that not only power to the batteries but also has channels so the car can tell the charging how much it needs. One of our Mitsubishi easily plugged in the first car and got the process started. As mentioned charging would take a while, so we all went off for lunch.

these testing stations free charging, the vision for the is that chargers would parking lots at rest workplaces, and shopping malls. You swipe a credit card or use a phone to pay for a charge. But this still needs a lot of work.

One in particular involves differing laws limiting who can sell

After lunch and with our charged, we were ready to the 30 mile run to Sacramento. With few and flat ground to cover, we into the city with of range to spare. The i-Miev had usable in conditions that decidedly not optimal.

Given the time it took us to this trip, the i-Miev prove to be that practical, with the recharge station. But doesn’t rule out electric entirely, this just to point out some of the immediate with electric cars. at the work Tesla is doing, range electric cars are

And a profusion of rapid recharge could make even trips in an electric car possible. plan to take a lot of food and breaks.

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