2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Long Term Road Test

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2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Shrek Has Good News

July 09, 2012

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I finally found the time needed to try our 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV on my long commute. Time is the operative word here because the Mitsu will need much more than a 12-hour overnight charge to replenish its battery on the 120V shore power I have at home. Mitsubishi says it takes a full 22 hours to refill an empty i MiEV battery at that voltage, in fact.

But I did arrive home to some good news: I only used about 2/3rds of the battery in getting here despite a couple of short sides trips that upped my trip distance to 57.8 miles. At this point it may take "only" 15 hours to refill the thing.

 

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In pure range terms, the DTE meter (Distance to Empty) claims I can travel a further 26 miles if I continue at the less than torrid traffic-dampened freeway pace that brought me here. Add this figure to the trip meter and you get a theoretical ultimate range of 83.8 miles on a day that featured 45-50 mph freeway speeds and zero use of air conditioning.

I fully expect that number to shrink with clear traffic (and the A/C on, as it will be later this week.)

The MiEV acquitted itself well today -- much better than I expected -- but I still think it's not ideally suited to someone that lives 45 miles from work, as I do. It can't make the 90-mile round trip on a single charge, and at this early stage of EV infrastructure development I think that EV wannabees need to assume that one charge per day -- at home, overnight on 240V -- is all they'll have to work with.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 1,375 miles

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