2012 Mitsubishi iMiev: Works for My Commute
May 02, 2012
Our recently departed Chevrolet Volt was a great fit for my commute. I could make the 37 mile round trip in all-electric mode, despite having to go up a long, fairly steep hill through the Sepulveda Pass, which links West Los Angeles with the San Fernando Valley. And now that we have our long term Mitsubishi iMiev, I was anxious to see how it would handle the trip to and from work.
I left the office with an estimated 67 miles of range. I accelerated slowly to keep the needle in the "eco" range, but generally kept with the flow of traffic. The weather was mild, so I didnt need to have the climate control on. I switched the car into Eco mode whenever I ran into stop-and-go traffic.
The range dropped a few points going up the hill, but I was in traffic and the car wasn't going very fast, so I wasnt worried about running out of charge. When I arrived at home, I had traveled 18.6 miles. The estimated range read 51 miles. This was much better than I anticipated.
I had planned on charging at home, but since I had three quarters of the "tank" remaining, I figured it was safe to test the round-trip range. After all, few EV owners are able to charge on both ends, so this would be a good real-world test of the cars worth as a daily driver.
I drove to work the following morning and made a brief stop at the Starbucks drive-through. I drove with the same technique -- D mode for normal driving, and Eco mode when I ran into traffic. There was a fair amount of traffic in the morning, which allowed me to regenerate energy due to the frequent braking. I pulled into the office 18.9 miles later with an estimated 50 miles of range, or about half of the "fuel," as shown on the gauge at the left in this photo.
I doubt I could really have traveled another 50 miles (the cars EPA rating is 63 miles total), but it was nice to know that if I owned this car, I could still make a few other small trips before having to charge.
Ron Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 784 miles