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Mitsubishi i

EV: The One Sentence Review

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Though I often about electric vehicles, my to drive them have been limited to car shows and events. That all changed a of weeks ago when I was given full days to test out entry into the EV market. around the world as the i-Miev, in America it will be called the “Mitsubishi i,” and it currently represents the affordable EV on the market that a go kart.

But only just. on for the rest of my “one-sentence” review.


With a 16 kWh battery, the i has an official EPA rating of 112 mpg-equivalent, but a of just 62 miles. The rear-wheel electric motor provides 63 and 82 ft-lbs of torque. Paltry true, but the Mitsubishi i feels spunky, at least at low speeds.

It was more fun to drive than I it would be.

For city driving, the i shines. I managed to rack up 50 of city driving with one-third of a charge left. when I went to plug my 110-volt outlet, I came to the that it was not properly grounded.

left me in a bit of a pickle.

Then I that GE had recently opened a public-charging station for electric in the next town over. The was about eight miles of driving, and the gauge readout me I had 25 miles of driving left. I make it?

Yes indeedy. I hooked up to a 2 GE Wattstation with 20 miles to having made liberal use of “Eco” and “Braking” modes and as energy as possible via the regenerative feature. Normal drive hardly engages regenerative Eco mode is the middle ground, and the mood I used when to a stop.

All in all, I got more range I would have thought and 4 hours later I picked up the i with 84 miles of range on it.

better, the electricity was (supposedly) clean-sourced solar. Booyah!

hoping into my fully-charged I took the highway home, and eight-mile journey took 20 off of my expected range. By the time I into my driveway, the readout 63 miles remained. Yikes.

One Review: As a city car, the i excels; as a highway car you’ll be most every trip close.

It#8217;s hard to that face, isn#8217;t it?

The i certainly has a distinct look to it, a huge bubble-like front bug-eyed headlights, and a cute ME” look that is hard to It’s kind of like a pug that just wants to your face all day. Its not in a grotesque, hideous way. like “Aww#8230;that’s a shame.”

There is something about the grabs the attention, positive or I’ve driven some cars in my day, but I had more checking the i-MiEV out than about any car I’ve driven. I had at a half-dozen long conversations random strangers regarding the and a guy in a Nissan Leaf even me the thumbs up.

You don#8217;t get that of attention in a normal car.

One Review: So ugly its cute, and yet to ignore.

Attack of the economy

Not an American economy car either; I’m “developing nation” third where hard plastic and seats are commonplace. The ride is and for anyone approach six-feet in there just isn’t a lot of room for you. In three I could not find a comfortable position.


Mitsubishi i

The Mitsubishi i does with air conditioning, though it will cost you precious It also comes with an system and rear backup which definitely help the awkward blind spots. systems were “OK”, I much preferred Kia’s UVO

Seriously though, the interior was I completely forgot to take photos. Trust me, you aren#8217;t much.

The highlight of the interior has to be the gauge cluster. Rather making your speed and center, Mitsubishi delivers a system for judging your usage. One end of the gauge represents the other full-out power.

In the is the prime real estate as “Eco,” which will you the most range. It made fun in a way that doesnt require or a performance car. That the ride was pretty rough, and reeked of cost-effectiveness versus

I found that if I drove well, I could get from one of town to the other with the number of miles left on the

One Sentence Review: Cheap is the of the day, though the gauge is is as simple as it is useful.


Priced at $29,125 for the base ES the Mitsubishi i is an insane proposition. The interior, limited range, and of any sort of premium features in price range would it a non-starter as a gas-powered car.

As an car however, the sticker price it the most affordable EV by several dollars.

After you factor in the $7,500 tax credit, the Mitsubishi i comes to a slightly-more-sane $21,625.

My tester was an SE which adds another to the sticker price, and it also had the $2,790 “Premium Package”, added the infotainment system and camera.

For those keeping that would leave you out of pocket once the tax credit is in. And just like that, the seems just a wee bit absurd for you get, though depending on you live other tax credits price the price down

One Sentence Review: If it had a gas engine, the i would be a $12,000 car tops, but if you can with a very limited and an economy interior, this Mitsubishi just might for you.

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