Mitsubishi i-MiEV doesn’t hide its all-electric personality | Driving

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Driving Unplugged: Long-term drive of electric hatchback to an end

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VANCOUVER — Unlike all the all-electric vehicles available in the Mitsubishi i-MiEV looks the

It’s quirky exterior is by a decidedly different interior, passersby and occupants plenty of clues that something is going on here.

That’s a design strategy that to electric vehicle owners who to let the world know they are an EV, which can be construed on the one hand as smugness, and on the other as admirable advocacy.

It’s also a design that gasoline-electric hybrid adopted in the early days — the Honda Insight and original Prius — but has since been to the point that today the way you can spot a hybrid is by the banging on the fender or rear-end.

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Of the four available in Canada, a list includes the Nissan Leaf, the Focus EV and the Tesla Model S, the is by far the most radical looking.

also one of the least expensive, a final sticker price, to the B.C. government’s $5,000 under the $30,000 mark. The Leaf starts at $31,698.

a very important factor in an vehicle for those crunching the to see if an EV would work for them in the long-term, save them In other words, will the in not having to buy gas over, say, 10 make up for the difference in the cost the i-MiEV and a comparable gasoline-powered

Probably not. I just tested the 2014 Mitsubishi an all-new hatch with a size and features list to the Its sticker price starts at compared to the i-MiEV’s base of

And the Mirage’s excellent fuel numbers — according to Environment 5.3 L/100 km in city driving and 4.4 on the — further make the case for the and true internal combustible over the lithium-ion battery

2013 Mitsubishi i MiEV.

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Plus, is no range anxiety with the something that can creep up on you quickly in the i-MiEV with its full-charge range. And with a charge time on a household 1 120-volt charger, its real-world is further diminished. That using a Level 2 charger, anyone who owns an EV most would have installed at takes just seven

These drawbacks of the i-MiEV are why you see many on metro streets, from the ones being in municipality fleets and commercial

Andrew McCredie is sharing all the ups and the about going electric in Vancouver in his Driving #8230; blog at vancouversun.com/ drivingunplugged. We readers, the skeptics and converts to participate with questions, and observations throughout the ongoing drives. Next up is the 2014 Accord PHEV. Contact directly at amccredie@vancouversun.com .

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