Mitsubishi i MiEV

Posted

Pros: Speed, electricity, tight handling

Cons: A/C kills range

I had the pleasure of test driving one of the road models of this car in LA during the auto show. It was surprisingly fast and handled very well. I guess the biggest mainstream criticisms are that it's small, expensive (about $40k), has a short range (80-100 miles), and is only available in Japan. Nevertheless, I found the ride appealing and I think it's a great car to be the first entry from a major manufacturer into this century's electric car game.

You can read more of my review here: http://ecomodder.com/blog/mitsubishi-i-miev-test-drive/

Posted

Pros: Don't care about the price of gas, quiet drive is quite relaxing, plenty of leg room for 6'3" owner

Cons: The driving range is a known limitation before purchasing, so it's not a true con in the sence on would be surprised by it.

My wife and I own four other cars and a motorcycle in addition to the i-MiEV.  I usually rotate cars in and out of storage so they all get driven during the year.  That may change now that we have this.  I plan on driving this all year round, including northern Illinois winters.  My drive to work is two miles so this car will easily handle over 90 percent of the driving I need to do.  And the other great benefit is the lower wear and tear on my other vehicles.  This car won't care that it's only driven two miles at a time.  There's no exhaust system to rust out or piston rings to subject to extra wear from starting a cold engine.

Mitsubishi i MiEV
Description:

The i MiEV is an electric car produced by Mitsubishi and put into the body of an existing Kei car. It can hit almost 100 mph and travel 80-100 miles on a single charge. It is not for sale yet but will be going on sale for 4 million yen in Japan in the summer of 2009. Tokyo, October 11 2006 -- Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has built a new research vehicle, the Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle (MiEV)*1 for a next-generation EV development project. The electric vehicle (EV) will be used for joint research programmes with power companies that have been working on the promotion of EVs. The power companies will conduct field tests, gather data and evaluate the commercial viability of the vehicle. MMC will provide power companies with EVs and analyse field test data collected by them. The new research EV is based on MMC's "i" mini-car, and named "i MiEV". i MiEV is powered by a compact and lightweight motor and high-energy density lithium-ion batteries. After removing the i's combustion engine mounted on the platform with an original rear-midship layout, a single motor*2 is mounted in its place. i MiEV became electric-powered with few modifications of the body structure. In addition to the joint research programmes, MMC will further improve the components of i MiEV such as the battery system, motor and EV electronic control unit for the future commercial application. 1,000 vehicles might be ready for sale for €17,000 ($24,800US) in 2010 in Japan, Europe, and the US. Tokyo, October 11 2006 -- Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has built a new research vehicle, the Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle (MiEV)*1 for a next-generation EV development project. The electric vehicle (EV) will be used for joint research programmes with power companies that have been working on the promotion of EVs. The power companies will conduct field tests, gather data and evaluate the commercial viability of the vehicle. MMC will provide power companies with EVs and analyse field test data collected by them. The new research EV is based on MMC's "i" mini-car, and named "i MiEV". i MiEV is powered by a compact and lightweight motor and high-energy density lithium-ion batteries. After removing the i's combustion engine mounted on the platform with an original rear-midship layout, a single motor*2 is mounted in its place. i MiEV became electric-powered with few modifications of the body structure. In addition to the joint research programmes, MMC will further improve the components of i MiEV such as the battery system, motor and EV electronic control unit for the future commercial application. 1,000 vehicles might be ready for sale for €17,000 ($24,800US) in 2010 in Japan, Europe, and the US.

Details:
DetailValue
Engine
Additional FeaturesA/C
Fuel TypeAll-electric (plug-in)
Miles per Charge80-100
Body TypeMicrocar
EV TypeHighway speed vehicle
Top Speed100 mph
Release DateSummer 09
Release StatusUnreleased
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC