Mitsubishi i miev Electric Car Review | Electric Car Conversion Blog

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Mitsubishi i

miev Electric Car

Mitsubishi i-MiEV Electric Car Front View

In early 2012, I got the opportunity to test a 2010/2011 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Car . In reviewing and test driving Electric Car . I looked at how a typical dweller would want to use it and if meet these expectations. The describes the criteria used and how the was made so it can be seen how I made the and the conclusions drawn.

Value For

I felt that the Mitsubishi i is a bit over priced for what you Considering it is possible for a private to do their own Electric Car Conversion on a sized car for less and Mitsubishi . an established car manufacturer, they have access to resources, and since this Electric Car is mass produced, they be able to achieve economies of

As it is based on the Mitsubishi i which is a powered car, then a lot of the parts, wheels, lights etc are being mass produced so should be able to leverage on the of scale as it is based on a highly car. In the past, I have critical about the pricing of Electric Car . but the demand for the Mitsubishi i far exceeds supply, which allows the Mitsubishi i MiEV to its high selling price.

I have seen several i on the road and although most are by corporations, there have private individuals buying as well. Although market permit the i MiEV to command high price, I feel Mitsubishi could have extra value to the i MiEV as a sun roof, sports wheels, kit, rear spoiler, hugging racing seats and a steering wheel.

Fun Factor

the i MiEV . the cockpit is fairly When cruising along and you to quickly accelerate, the acceleration is It is basically almost instant and the single speed transmission and torque curve, there is no for kick down or shifting With the small body, it zooms.

Although, it is not a Tesla . Porsche or Ferrari, it leaves a lot of cars on the road behind can result in some amazed from others. However, if you are to accelerate as quickly as possible a standing start, there is up to a one delay from the time you on the accelerator to the time the i MiEV

This is probably due to a soft feature programmed into the to help prevent the Electric from burning out and thus the life of the Electric Motor . feature did confuse me at first other Electric Cars and Vehicles I have driven had acceleration from a standing I have to admit that I did not to hand the car back after I driving it. I would happily this car home.


The i seats 4 full sized easily. The rear cargo fits a lot of shopping and if you need space, you can fold down the seats. The rear seats a 50/50 split so you can fold one seat and still seat 3 The batteries don#8217;t intrude the passenger compartment. Being on a Japanese Kei car, the i MiEV was designed to be practical in the busy and streets of big city centers.

the range is up to 100 miles (160km), I that in practical terms, it be around the 62 mile (100km) unless you accelerate like a and avoid going up hill. range is sufficient for the majority of commuters where the majority not do more than 50 miles from home to where they go and back home This probably explains why of the charging stations at shopping have not been heavily as most people who drive Cars probably don#8217;t to use it and charging at home more satisfies their needs.

Driving (From A Driver#8217;s

Mitsubishi i-MiEV Electric Car Drive

From a driver#8217;s driving the i MiEV is nice and to drive. The A-Pillar does some blind spots so you to be a bit careful at intersections (like if you to give way to traffic). This is not due the being Electric . but a problem from the gasoline powered i . which this car was based on.

Electric Car Driving Position

I was starting it, I just put the key fob in some under the steering column, the foot brake with the stick in P. I guess it would in N as well, but I did not try that. Then I a switch (where the key would go) until the dash said I found out from the owner#8217;s that if the key fob ran out of batteries, there is an metal key which you pull out of the

The switch to start the car, you the plastic cover off and insert the key into it and proceed as normal.

The car like an automatic car.  If the stick is in D and you don#8217;t have the or brake pressed, the car creeps like a gasoline powered car. I did not try it out when I had the gear in Eco or B. I tried to work out what the modes on the gear stick do and described them below:

Electric Car Gear Stick

P for

R for Reverse;

N for Neutral;

D for Drive and it regenerative braking is not activated the accelerator is released;

Eco for Driving not sure about the regenerative behavior, but the car did slow down a bit than when D was selected;

B for Drive and it appears regenerative is activated when the accelerator is

When I first drove the i I did not notice the regenerative braking the gear selector was in B. After I was I paid attention to the braking and you could notice the regenerative activate, but it was not as strong as I expected. If you at the dash, and regenerative braking is the needle indicates that it is I feel the regenerative braking have been stronger what it is, but it appears Mitsubishi for smoothness.

I found the digital useless when I was accelerating 10mph (16km/h) to 50mph as the digits would flicker fast since the acceleration these conditions was phenomenally I found myself letting go of the so that I could see how fast I was and then stomping onto the again.

I feel an analog (one with a needle) have been better as you can see rate of acceleration and know speed you are doing at a glance. you reached a steady speed, the speedometer is fine.


With a top speed of (130km/h), this exceeds city speed limits. people in cities will not get close to those speeds With 132 ft lb i.e.

180Nm of which is more than a of 4 cylinder and some 6 cylinders powered cars, coupled a small body, it means the is a lot quicker than many gasoline powered cars. this type of acceleration, it is from blasting away traffic (provided you are rolling


For a town or city the i MiEV is reasonably comfortable. It got the nice luxury seats of the Royce 102EX Electric Car is basically a factory Electric Car done to a Rolls Royce but feels no worse than a Ford,  Chevy or Toyota. shoulder and head room was (I#8217;m 5#8217;7#8243;).

I would no problems driving this car for

Mitsubishi i-MiEV Electric Car

Body Type: 5 door hatch, based on the Mitsubishi i kei car . so it is a factory Electric Car Conversion .

Mass (Weight*): 2400 lb 1080kg)

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