Electric dawn

16 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Electric dawn
First Drive | Cirencester, | Mitsubishi i-EV |

Until recently, regarded electric cars as of an aside, as environmental conscience-salving for those wanting to shout the about their green In most cases that’s severe compromises. But Mitsubishi soon be launching a proper, powered four-seater in the UK.

We’ve it, and it’s not just a good car, but a great small car in its own

In the Metal

If you think you’ve the Mitsubishi i-EV before then be right. The i-EV looks the same as the i car upon which based.

Okay, not exactly; the up examples we tested aren’t of the single colour un-liveried you’ll be able to buy next but it’s the same car under the and cable decals. So it’s a wheel in each corner that’s designed to fit within K-car dimension limitations. makes for a tall but wide which will seat adults in surprising comfort.

The only visual difference the i-EV you’ll be able to buy in the over its three-cylinder petrol are the absence of an exhaust pipe, and two caps – one on each for either quick or trickle Inside, it’s all pretty too. Look a bit closer at the transmission though and there are and ‘B’ settings and the instruments a power usage dial in of a conventional rev-counter.

What you get for Money

Mitsubishi has created a car that’s fully crash and can seat four in comfort. some luggage room indeed Mitsubishi’s packaging of the is very clever. The batteries sit the floor and the inverter, motor and electrical gubbins are positioned the back axle.

It is a hugely space efficient bit of that demonstrates both the of the standard i car’s layout and how far of the competition Mitsubishi is with its car.

The money bit remains of a sticking point though. It only cost 45 pence to the i-EV’s battery overnight but it is expensive to buy for all but the wealthiest environmentally drivers. Like all new technology the will become cheaper as produced increase, but the first 200 or so are coming to the UK will be out of reach for Mitsubishi hasn’t put a sticker on it yet and leasing is currently the likeliest to ownership.

Individuals – or more companies – would pay Ј750 a month for the privilege of an early adopter of Mitsubishi’s machine.

Driving it

Mitsubishi points out that the i-EV is to be a town car. That its paltry sounding 80-100 range on a single charge. most commutes are well that and it’s possible to it into a domestic outlet for a while you’re at work you need to. What is essential for cars to really succeed is they have to drive like the conventional cars all used to. And that’s exactly the i-EV does.

Get in, touch an key and turn the ‘ignition’. Nothing happens except the dash up. Pop it into drive and pull – with the faint of the electric motor as accompaniment.

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Unlike some electric Mitsubishi has managed to limit the delivery from take off to aid So there’s no lightning, traction-breaking and being rear-wheel drive the is uncorrupted by what torque is transferred to the road. It’s the i-EV’s 0-62mph time of 13 actually faster than its relative, so it is more than enough to cope with the cut and of city traffic while its allow you to exploit the smallest of with ease.

There’s unusual in the way it drives. Pop it in drive or if you’re crawling in slow into Eco where it reduces the from 47kW to 18kW to battery life – and it like you would any city If it’s hilly then the B increases the regenerative effect coasting, allowing more energy to be scavenged on the move.

It rides well, steers and has nicely weighted steering. Out of it’ll reach 87mph if you do so legally, so the i-EV does not out of its depth on the open road its city focus. Drive it on roads and you’ll get through the pretty quickly though.


Charging that takes around 6-7 hours via a three-pin outlet in the UK. So plug it in you’re at work, or overnight at A full charge should around 45 pence.

Quick, 80% charges are possible via a vending charging station, but they be too handy for UK consumers as they’re all based in Japan. The maximum is 80-100 miles, but in reality around half that if, on our drive, it’s cold and the lights and everything else is on. still enough to cope the average daily commute.


A proper production offering from an established, car maker has been a long coming. But that’s exactly Mitsubishi will be offering next year. There some issues – costs primarily – but as numbers increase and the technology is to build then prices inevitably fall.

Range also grow as battery improves, as will the speed of Unlike the numerous electric turning up at motor shows the has been properly crash and has a network of existing dealers will be able to service it. A step in the right direction, the underlines that the dawn of the car really is here.

And it’ll be in showrooms next year.

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