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MITSUBISHI i-MiEV – Electric Car Keiko 47kW Auto

Mitsubishi s electric i-MiEV: the is here

Plug and go. Mitsubishi s has a theoretical maximum range of when fully charged.

month, over the course of two I drove 100km in and around without adding the slightest to my carbon footprint.

The Mitsubishi visited Otago as part of a programme to evaluate the local of all-electric vehicles.

Having the night plugged into the grid, the test car is collected the local dealer fully

This, I was told, provided a maximum range of 160km, this would drop with significant full-power or motoring in the mix.

Although emblazoned to reveal its electric on the outside, the i-MiEV — as you might guess is a variant of iCar — is utterly inside, aside from its

This provides a power-use in place of a rev counter, and a charge where the fuel gauge normally sit.


Turn the starter knob on the column and a beep, followed by the of a green ready light, the i-MiEV is ready to proceed.

A that looks like a automatic gearstick is placed where you would expect it to be, the front seats.

In fact, the has just a single fixed that transfers power and from the motor to the wheels.

The is, instead, used to switch various driving modes.

comprise D for standard drive, E for and B which introduces maximum braking effect and, of R for reverse.

Engage D, press on the accelerator (which controls the of current being fed to the electric and the i-MiEV glides into

With the electric motor maximum torque from revs, acceleration from is strong, as well as eerily

Yet other than the disconcerting with which it gathers the i-MiEV initially feels, and like a conventional car.

a few kilometres, differences do become with a 200kg load of 88 battery cells mounted low on the sub-frame between the front and wheels, the i-MiEV has greater solidity than the light on which it is based.

This a more settled, mature over small surface though it is accompanied by a greater for suspension thump over faults in the road surface.

The of the batteries gives the i-MiEV a lower centre of gravity and weight distribution than a supermini.

A further significant is that with the electric mounted in the rear of the vehicle, the is a rear- rather than machine.

Three Mile strikes me as the ideal place to the effect of these differences on the handling, and so the i-MiEV is soon up Stuart St and on to Taieri Rd, away the central city streets are its natural home.

Due in part to its low-resistance energy-efficient the i-MiEV doesn’t grip the tenacity of a true sports but its balance descending the twists and to the Taieri Plain is fine.

as to how it will handle the rigours of a open-road climb and keen to Three Mile Hill a 100kmh blast before the new 80kmh speed limit into force, I turn at Flat Rd for a return run.

in full-power D mode, the i-MiEV to reach an indicated 99kmh the first twists and turns top speed, apparently, is 130kmh).

By the Plain lookout, I am hot on the tail of the car

This mere minute or so of fun three of the car’s 16 bars of charge.

With a further two consumed town, the i-MiEVs batteries are now between half and three-quarters

MITSUBISHI i-MiEV – Electric Car Keiko 47kW Auto

I turn down the hill trying, but failing, to recapture at one bar on the charge gauge by engaging the B mode for maximum regenerative effect.

A further 15 minutes of motoring on the Taieri reveal due to wind and road noise, the is not an especially quiet car at open-road

That said, one of the curious of the car at speed is that these levels do not vary at all when the is expending maximum effort.

returns trundling through at 50kmh, and it so unnerves me that I on the radio for company.

Preparing to the Southern Motorway at the base of Hill, the i-MiEV is down to six of charge, and with this an awful realisation; run short of in this vehicle and you can’t into the nearest service for a quick top-up.

In fact, although rapid are available at special facilities, the recharge on home mains require a 15amp fuse to the car) involves a six-hour

Mitsubishi has equipped the i-MiEV a special get-you-home slow but that’s not something I am eager to tap on the motorway.

After a brief of indecision I decide the best way is a brave charge (or, correctly in battery parlance, a up Saddle Hill.

The i-MiEV nicely, and we pass four vehicles on the climb.

Never that three pass us in when I ease back the crest with only bars of charge remaining.

returns in Caversham: three of charge still show, the cautious indicator on the trip indicates 26km of range remain, and the vehicle’s satellite system shows that we are now 3km from the return point of the dealer.

A couple of minutes later, taste of what is likely to be a driving experience of the future is

It seems oddly appropriate as the car comes to a stop, a radio on the time-travelling Doctor Who also

For me, a brief trip into the has come to an end.

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