2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Long Term Road Test – Miscellaneous

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2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Thumbs Up?

September 25, 2012

When I left the office last Friday ready to start my staycation, I hopped on the semi-busy freeway. It was actually moving a little and a pickup truck with five guys in it pulled up next to me and honked until I looked over. Then they gave me a thumbs up for the car.

That only happens when we drive something exciting like the Nissan GT-R. I was a little surprised because despite the i-MiEV’s peculiar looks, it usually doesn’t get much attention from other commuters.

But then I went to dinner at a local restaurant where the people know where I work. They always come out in the parking lot to see what I am driving. One of the guys didn’t like its looks or interior materials.

But the restaurant owner who is a woman in her seventies thought it was cute and very practical for her errands around town.

As I drove around last week, keeping to my own neighborhood, I noticed seniors looking at the i-MiEV. Perhaps it has found its audience, although I haven’t seen any on the road. Have you?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Gash

September 25, 2012

Who could be so cruel to a tiny electric car? It’s like punching a teddy bear.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: No Honor Among Green Thieves

August 30, 2012

Sharp eyed commuters will immediately notice something missing here: the side carpool stickers. I took the little EV recently and jumped in assuming that it had carpool stickers. But once on the freeway, I had an uneasy feeling. As I was unplugging the charge cord, I hadn’t taken time to verify that the stickers were in place.

In stop and go traffic, I tried to see the reflection of the stickers in the shiny car next to me. No go. Instead, I slogged through traffic and waited until I got home to discover the horrible truth.

Apparently someone peeled off the two side stickers leaving only the one on the rear bumper. So keep your eyes open for a Silverado in the carpool lanes with our stickers.

Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 1,770 miles

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Pikes Peak Results

August 14, 2012

Remember when I told you that Mitsubishi was running two types of i MiEV in the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and you all LOL#39;d.

Well, the Mitsubishi i MiEV Evolution finished in 2nd place in the electric category. The course was 12.42 miles long with 156 corners.

Driver Hiroshi Masuoka finished with a lap time of 10 minutes, 30.850 seconds which put him 8th overall out of the 170 vehicles participating.

The regular production i MiEV finished 6th in the electric vehicle category as driven by off-road racer Beccy Gordon. Here#39;s what she had to say:

The Mitsubishi i MiEV was awesome. It produced a lot more power #150; especially torque #150; than I had expected. The handling was also very good because so much of the car#39;s weight #150; the electric motor and lithium-ion batteries #150; sit so low in the chassis.

This allowed me to carry much more speed into the corners than I expected, and the torque from the electric motor helps to propel the car out of the corners. The car is really peppy. Considering my car was 100% stock, I can definitely see all-electric cars succeeding in motorsports.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Ready for Pikes Peak Hill Cimb

August 07, 2012

Not our long-termer, of course. Wouldn#39;t that be a hoot. But there will be two i-MiEVs making the climb.

A Mitsubishi i-MiEV Evolution prototype was built specifically for the Pikes Peak race course, which is more than 12 miles long and features 156 corners.

The i-MiEV Evo has the same electric motor and batteries as the production model i-MiEV but according to Mitsubishi features a radically sculpted carbon-fiber body, a tube-frame chassis, a unique tri-motor configuration and an advanced form of Mitsubishi All-Wheel Control (AWC) all-wheel drive.

The i-MiEV Evo will be driven by Japanese rally racer Hiroshi Masuoka.

A regular production model i-MiEV, just like ours but modified for racing and safety, will also make the run. It has a few aerodynamic adjustments and a roll cage, but it rides on the same tires as the regular i-MiEV. It will be piloted by off-road racer Beccy Gordon.

Here are some pictures:

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Semi-Evil Twin?

July 26, 2012

The Mitsubishi i is what as known as a Kei car in Japan. That basically means a tiny car with a tiny engine (which can#39;t exceed 660cc in displacement). Available in other parts of the world since its introduction some six years ago with a 660cc turbocharged engine, the micro Mitsu in that form would seem to be a hoot. At least that#39;s what this British auto journo thought back when it debuted.

You know, the whole driving a slow car fast being more fun than the inverse deal.

A much lower price tag, a perky (around town, anyway) turbocharged gas engine and none of that annoying range anxiety might be enough to change all the negative opinions of the Mitsu i. Then again, even murdered out, it would still look like a clown car.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 1,604 miles

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Too Little Too Late

July 23, 2012

Many editors are reluctant to take this little EV home because, with a range of about 63 miles, they can#39;t make it there and back without charging. And charging at 110 volts. as Dan Edmunds documented in his post, takes way too long. Since I own a 2012 Nissan Leaf, I have 240 volt charging at my house, so that wasn#39;t a problem for me.

Unfortunately, with the charging port in the right rear, that means I have to back into my garage from a tight turn in the alley.

But that was the least of the problems.

Let me say right up front that I wanted to like this car because I believe that EVs will have an important place in our transportation landscape. But the i MiEV actually does electric cars a disservice. Anyone driving it will be turned off and believe all the bad things that The Man says about electric cars.

So much has been written about this car that I don#39;t want to repeat it all. A few things that bothered me were the price ($31,125 before adding options) poor driving position, the barebones interface, the lack of a charging status light and the jumpy, short wheel base feel of the car. There is also surprisingly little rear storage space.

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I did like the responsiveness of the electric power train with immediate torque at most speeds. It has a great turning radius and easily fits in tight parking spaces. The range might actually prove to be better than advertised since I drove 32 miles in eco mode and used only about 18 miles of range.

And, finally, my wife thought it looked cute.

Sadly, the i MiEV, together with its awkward name, came too late to the party. And with the Nissan Leaf widely available, and Honda, Ford and Tesla releasing new EVs into the market place, the forecast is not good for this odd little vehicle.

Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @1,578 miles

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: A New Place to Get Charged

July 19, 2012

The only surprising thing about all this is that it took Whole Foods this long to offer this amenity. This is Santa Monica, after all — a city in which green isn#39;t a color, it#39;s a way of life.

Have there been any new charging stations launched in your neck of the woods?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: About That Remote

July 11, 2012

Yesterday#39;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#39;t full. You#39;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#39;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#39;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#39;ve barely driven the i MiEV and we#39;ve already proven that there#39;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

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Crash Test Results Not As Good As Leaf and Volt

June 27, 2012

Crash test results are in for the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV. According to safercar.gov, the consumer website of the NHTSA, the i MiEV earned an overall safety rating of 4 out of 5 stars. The Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt has earned 5 out of 5 stars.

In frontal crash tests, the i MiEV earned 4 of 5 stars. In side crash tests, it earned 3 of 5 and in rollover test 4 of 5.

During the side barrier tests of the Mitsu, an interior door panel struck the torso of the rear passenger dummy, earning the rear seating area only 2 of 5 stars.

Here#39;s a chart to compare the cars:

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