2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: No Graphs, No Bushes
April 27, 2012
I finally drove the Mitsubish i MiEV and wasn't sure what to expect as far as the gauges that show range and whether I'm driving efficiently or not . Would there be a bar graph? A pie chart? Perhaps a bush (like the Fusion hybrid) that grows leaves the more gingerly I tread on the gas...I mean electric pedal?
To my relief this electric car didn't give me the old razzle dazzle -- I prefer my instruments easy to read at a glance and devoid of gimmickry. So the simple setup in the Mitsu suits me fine.
There's a needle whose movement indicates whether you're guzzling electricity, driving conservatively or sending juice (via regenerative braking) back to the battery pack. As you've likely guessed, if you want to maximize your range you want to keep the needle in the green. "Fuel" level is shown on the left along with drive selection while the right hand gauge toggles between remaining range, trip mileage, total mileage, next service mileage and outside temperature.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 746 miles