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Good Wheels: Mitsubishi iTest Drive

This is the article in a new Goodlifer series on mobility. We will be looking at the spectrum of clean, green of personal transportation, from the electric vehicles to the best for getting in and around cities.

The Goodlifer test drove the i-MiEV 100% electric car in the and valleys of Ojai, California. We it to be a capable and fun urban drive, a second car for a larger family and a contender for an only car with a few With the typical range of a EV, this car is best for the driver who has an vehicle or favors public for long trips but enjoys the of never having to stop at a gas again.

The driving position is high and with great visibility, the drive feel active and Storage capacity is great for goods and charging time was We were able to charge the car for at a public charging station in while we shopped and ran errands.

The (sold in the U.S. market as the is the first of what Mitsubishi to be a line-up of eight EV models by 2015. There is no mistaking this is a purpose-built electric From its aerodynamic form to its skinny tires, the i-MiEV has a utilitarian look and feel. We the i-MiEV around our hometown of

California, a small bucolic nestled in a valley about 80 north of Los Angeles. The terrain is in the city and very hilly in the valleys, and we took it out on the highway on a to nearby Ventura, so we were to gauge performance in a variety of modes.

Our first impression was the car felt light and #8220;fun,#8221; one of elusive qualities touted by car but which we could confirm goofy smiles on our faces as we silently down the road. an electric car is an unmistakably giddy

With so few EVs in circulation, you are guaranteed to be one of the people driving your model car, and you gain membership in the small but growing of EV and plug-in hybrid owners like most enthusiast are a friendly and talkative bunch. adopters of green technologies to be evangelists and we enjoyed the infectious of the Chevy Volt owner who up next to us at one of the free public stations located in town. there is a deep satisfaction in part of something that smart and right, and the pleasure of (in this case for free) is all the as you silently roll past gas stations which will be looked upon as public and potato chip dispensaries.

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The Mitsubishi i-MiEV overlooking Canyon, Ojai, California.

One of the future scenarios for electric is the ability to use the power stored in the car for emergency or backup use in the home in the of power outages or natural In the aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku and tsunami, Mitsubishi introduced the i-MiEV Power Box which the i-MiEV to supply power to electric appliances via 100-volt converting the cars direct (DC) battery power alternating current (AC) to up to 1,500 watts, enough to most home electronics.

This option is currently available in the Japanese market, but is a early example of so-called (V2H) and Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) that will play an part in future smart disaster-preparedness and neighborhood resiliency Something to think about in the of events like Hurricane which demonstrated the vulnerablity of the electric grid infrastructure in the

The currently Japan-only Mitsubishi iPower Box Vehicle-to-home (V2H) power system.

As of this over 20,000 i-MiEVs been sold worldwide, a number of those in Europe and The i-MiEV is offered by San Francisco-based service City CarShare in its of fuel efficient, hybrid and EV and is available to buy through Mitsubishi in the U.S. You can learn more Mitsubishi#8217;s green technologies and to social and environmental sustainability at global i-MiEV and Drive@earth

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