2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: About That Remote
July 11, 2012
Yesterday's 16.5-hour charging vigil (my 15-hour estimate was way off) was aided somewhat by the remote control that came with our 2012 Mitsubishi i MiEV. With it I was able to check the charging status from inside the house.
As Mark Takahashi said some miles ago it does more than that. I could have programmed a time-delay to wait for cheaper overnight rates. I could have fired up the A/C from inside the house to pre-cool the interior. And if I had a faster 240V charge station at home I might have actually done those things.
For me that little plug icon was the key feature. As long as it was visible I knew the battery wasn't full. You'd think the battery icon below would do the job, too, but it maxes out at something like 80% full. Last time I checked 80% wasn't equal to 100%, and as if to hammer that point home the i MiEV spent another 5 hours on the charger after that third bar came on. Useless; this isn't a camera.
And so the disappearance of the plug icon was the only sure sign that the battery was absolutely full, that charging was well and truly finished. An actual percent-full readout would have been significantly more useful.
And yeah, that is a rubber band. Mike Schmidt pulled this contraption out of circulation weeks ago after the snap-together plastic case cracked at the seam. How about some screws? Metal would be nice. We've barely driven the i MiEV and we've already proven that there's no way the remote could survive 4 years of swinging around at the end of a keychain, getting lighty tossed onto a nightstand or banging around inside a purse.
A smartphone app would have been far better on so many levels.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 1,446 miles