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19 September 2009

We ve crammed adults into the interior of the i-Miev. and the surprising thing is we didn t actually need to do any We just opened the four big and got in. As long as you don t imagine for a moment you can seat five, this narrow, jellybean-shaped automobile a surprisingly comfortable ride, ample room for a pair of six behind another pair of life-sized people.

This is the surprise about the i-Miev. its Japanese kei-car origin, we had its interior would have a feel.

All four pews are surprisingly comfortable and supportive, and the fixtures, while not screaming at least avoid pleading On a hot day, the tinted, air-conditioned is a very nice place to be.

It s also pin-droppingly quiet. On the you hear more in the back than in the front, as the rear-mounted whirs gently somewhere your buttocks. The steadily note as you accelerate has a clean, timbre to it. This Mitsubishi like a car from the 21st

Which it is.

Taking the short around the perimeter we wonder the crumple zones are, the spacious interior and long But fear not, we are reasonably by Japanese crash tests replicate most of the Euro collisions and speeds) in which the petrol-powered Mitsubishi i was awarded out of six stars. and the crash test were removed intact resort to a tin opener.

The swooping screen pillars are strong. But they do, unfortunately, get in the way at

From the driver s seat, you can the unusual dashboard, dominated by an dial that swings maximum discharge and maximum giving you an instant measure of how your driving style is the juice.

In the centre of this is a digital speedometer, to the upper is a circle displaying the odometer, and in the left the all-important battery together with a gear-selector

Park, reverse, neutral, eco, and B are the options on offer the zig-zag automatic shifter. Eco more aggressive regeneration and muted response to the throttle, to eke out distance from the battery town. B simply enhances the for steep descents.

There s ignition, but you wake the car up by stepping on the and twisting a black plastic protruding from the column exactly where a key might slot. A little green on the dash announces Ready .

Release the brake in drive and the car creep forward in conventional style, which helps to a very clean and creamy from a standstill. Of all the electric we ve driven, this one has the most and most satisfying throttle we ve sampled to date, with the exception of the Nissan EV-02. The responds absolutely instantly and accurately to the slightest twitch of toe.

It s got some urge pulling strongly away a standstill in a manner that, the C1 Evie might only about. You quickly find you re about 20 per cent faster you intended, the car s rounded nose the air like an onrushing raindrop and only the muted tyre to warn you of impending licence

We were not able to verify the top speed of 87mph or the quoted of 80 miles. We have no doubts the former figure, but remain to be about the latter.

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We found the nicely weighted and communicative helped no doubt by the 47kW motor being at the other end of the car and its duty through the rear Cornering is confidence-inspiring, particularly for is a narrow car with high-set Having the lithium-ion batteries in the floor no doubt brings the of gravity down much to the wheel hubs.

Those all 16kWh of them, can be fed in two ways. On the rear flank, where the for the petrol-powered i-car lives, s the socket for a 240V domestic On the nearside, behind the fuel-filler there s the chunky socket for a three-phase fast charger.

Charging takes roughly six using the right-hand socket, and an fill-up takes about an hour using the left No-one could tell us happens if you use both at the same

We would rave about the it s that good to drive but for the One, the boot is laughably Two, the price may well widen your eyes.

it goes on sale, eventually, it s to cost 20,000 to 25,000.

All electric cars currently a commitment to going green defies financial reason, the enthusiastic totting up of vendors who in every possible benefit, and incentive to show that it all sense if you squint. So does miniature Mitsubishi manage to some sort of fiscal Um, no.

If the price predictions are on the money, we the endearing little i-Miev carry a price tag too far.

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