From the outside sometimes it is difficult to know what is an electric car and what is a traditional fuel powered car, and this is most certainly the case with the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. It looks like any other efficient, relatively small runaround which you would use on a daily basis for your daily chores. However, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is certainly not your stereotypical vehicle and is one of the better-known names in the electric vehicle market of today. So what do you get for your money?
Specifications of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV
We will take a look at some of the specifications for the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which include a very spacious interior design, a three drive mode gearstick which takes in maximum fun, maximum economy, and maximum regenerative brake power. One of the other factors that is becoming more prominent in the electric car market is the remote control option which effectively allows you to control the temperature inside the car before you actually open the door. You're able to pre-heat or pre-cool depending upon the temperature outside and your individual requirements - something, which is a luxury but also very well received.
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV itself is a rearwheel drive vehicle which incorporates the latest HDD navigation system and regenerative brake technology. These are all systems which come together to offer a very efficient and very smooth driving experience while knowing that your emissions are minimal and you are doing your bit to help the environment.
Charging your Mitsubishi i-MiEV
While initially the charging technology seems to be somewhat lagging behind the electric engine technology available today, this is slowly but surely beginning to change. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV offers a charging plug attached to the vehicle which you can use to charge via a standard 120 V household electric system. A full charge from empty will take around 22.5 hours and the company recommends that you ensure the outlet is rated at least 15 A for your safety.
One thing which is becoming evident is the fact that on the whole the vast majority of drivers cover a relatively low number of miles in any one day. Indeed it has been estimated that up to 80% of the driving population of the world cover less than 70 miles per day therefore the 62 mile journey capacity of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, from a full charge, should be more than enough for the average driver. For further information about journey times and journey capacity there are a number of Mitsubishi i-MiEV forums where Mitsubishi i-MiEV news is openly discussed.
Driver and passenger safety
While in many ways the electric technology has overshadowed the underlying strength and quality of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, it is worth noting that electric cars of today do still incorporate the latest safety systems and the highest specifications with regards to driver and passenger safety. Whether you are looking at air bags or ABS, approaching vehicle alert system, or active stability control, it is not difficult to see that your safety is still very important to the likes of Mitsubishi. It is also worth mentioning the significant amount of work which has been done on the aerodynamics of the electric car of today as they need to be as streamlined and efficient as possible due to the limited journey capacity.
Integrating safety and a sturdy bodywork with the latest aerodynamics is not easy, but we think you will agree that significant progress has been made in this particular area over the last few years.
The reviews for the Mitsubishi i-MiEV have been mixed, with some people commenting upon the initial 0 to 60 mph acceleration, the limited journey capacity, as well as the relatively long charge time. In some ways the new design of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which is longer and wider than the initial Japanese version, as well as the integrated electric technology and safety systems have been overlooked. Whether or not we have been "spoilt" with regards to new entries to the electric car market is a bone of contention because if the Mitsubishi i-MiEV had been one of the first electric cars on the market it would likely have received better reviews.
The very fact that the driving experience has been maintained, comparable to your standard fuel powered vehicle, should also be mentioned as well as the obvious environmental benefits. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is still one of the more popular electric cars of today, is something which will be improved and built upon in the future and while some of the less positive reviews have grabbed the headlines, there are many more positive reviews than negative comments. This is perhaps one of the vehicles which will benefit from improved battery technology which will eventually have a significant impact upon journey capacity.