2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: The Remote
April 13, 2012
Our new electric MiEV comes with a remote system that can monitor the charge of the battery, set charge times (to capitalize on off-peak rates) and pre-activate the climate control. I think it's a cool idea, but a remote?
That little remote looks like a tiny little cell phone from the late 1990s. Why the 90s? Because it has an antenna. But I digress.
If it were up to me (and really, I should be in charge of everything), I would have skipped the remote and developed a smartphone app instead. You know, like the one the Chevy Volt has. My reasoning is threefold: a) you don't have to carry around that remote, b) it can be updated easily and c) it can be graphically pleasing. Since I'm assuming that electric car owners are early adopters at this stage, there's a fair chance that they already own smartphones .
This all relates to one of my love of streamlining. There was a time when I was carrying a phone, Palm Pilot and iPod. I was thrilled when I combined the phone and Palm Pilot with a Treo. Imagine my joy when the iPhone came out. Perhaps this is why I am so averse to adding even one more gadget.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 644 miles