New York 2008: AutoblogGreen drives the Mitsubishi i MiEV (w/ VIDEO)

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New York 2008: AutoblogGreen the Mitsubishi i MiEV (w/ VIDEO)

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Click above for a high-res of the Mitsuibshi i MiEV (22 photos)

I a Ford Mustang GT ; I’m resident HUMMER aficionado; and I my favorite car in New York this is a Japanese-market all-electric kei car. is going on .

All live photos 2008 Alex Núñez / Inc.

The Mitsubishi i is not a big car, but can be deceiving. Looking somewhat a jellybean on wheels, it’s a over 133 inches from end to The overhangs are nil, however, as the 15-inch wheels are pushed all the way out to the As a result, it has a 100-inch wheelbase. For the of comparison, the 5-door VW Rabbit’s is 101.5 inches.

This into a surprising amount of passenger room — more than you’d from such a small

The i MiEV (Mitsubishi Innovative Vehicle) takes full of the i’s rear-midship powertrain The 330-volt Li-Ion battery is situated under the floor, and the inverter, and 47 kW electric motor all in the space under the rear area and ahead of the rear In the standard i. that’s where find a 660cc 3-cylinder engine.

What’s good this is that Mitsubishi need to change much the i to accommodate the electric drivetrain. the prototypes of their fancy and they’re basically indistinguishable the gasoline-powered cars.

The one real giveaway on the i MiEV is the plug-in for household power on its right Connect it to a standard electrical and the car’s battery will in either 7 hours (200v) or 14 (100v). If you’re wondering why doesn’t just hide the behind the now-obviated fuel-filler it’s because that’s the jack for the quick-charger lives.

Plug the i MiEV into the that’s being developed the help of the Japanese power and an 80-percent charge can be achieved in 30 minutes. Quick-charge stations this will need to be of the future EV-ready infrastructure, as allow people to recharge when on the road away home.

After climbing the driver’s seat on the right of the car — remember, this is a JDM — you’re greeted by a straightforward cabin. Material is good, and the layout is logical. The cluster features a digital (the values shown are in a digital fuel gauge shows the state of the battery, and a odometer. The needle that around the center analog indicates your power


During acceleration, it arcs up and to the Lift off the throttle and it retreats. a bit and the needle will dip down to the indicating that the battery is via to the car’s regenerative braking

Operation is completely straightforward. the starter and it powers right up, the instrument cluster and navigation (which displayed a map of Tokyo). It was a miserable, rainy day in Manhattan on and I quickly learned that the assigned to the wiper controls and the signals are reversed on RHD vehicles. (I later proceed to either up or shut off the windshield wipers of activating the turn signals times during the drive.) easing into the traffic on Avenue in front of the Javits I gave the i MiEV some and away we went.

Autoblog’s Chris Shunk and I joined by a pair of Mitsubishi during the test drive, so the i was operating with a full complement. The car accelerates leisurely, and doesn’t struggle. Thank the 132 lb-ft (180 Nm) of torque for — it’s more double the rating of the 3-cylinder i. Make no mistake: the i MiEV is not in any sense, but the power on tap is perfectly to city driving.

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If called it can top out at a respectable 80 mph. During my jaunt through the city, I think I ever went faster than around 35 mph or so; all the level of traffic at the time My impression is that the i MiEV is than powerful enough to in an urban environment, and that an 80 mile range on a full it would make one hell of a suburban commuter for a good of people, too.

Ride comfort is surprisingly thanks no doubt to the i MiEV’s wheelbase. It handles well, with responsive steering and a little turning circle. potholes cause a commotion, We hit one particularly epic example and it cataclysmic from the inside.

The i MiEV soldiered on though, and we that at least we didn’t to worry about losing the oil

The i MiEV joins its conventionally-powered on the market in Japan next and during its Thursday press Mitsubishi announced that it send the i MiEV to North for testing this Fall. there are no plans to sell the i or i MiEV here at this Mitsubishi will gauge reaction to the cars this in New York and evaluate what of demand, if any, there is for it.

Before our test drive to an end, the driver of a first-gen Grand Cherokee motioned for me to down my window (we were to each other, since I was on the side of the car). I obliged. its range? he asked.

I told him it was miles, and he put on an approving face and That’s not bad, he said.

It’s not bad at all. The Mitsubishi i is one jellybean I’d be happy to in my Easter basket someday.

All photos Copyright 2008 Núñez / Weblogs, Inc.

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