Test Drive: Mitsubishi i electric looks funny, rides rough – USATODAY.com

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Test Drive: Mitsubishi i looks funny, rides

A hearty attaboy to Mitsubishi deliberately or otherwise, challenging Leaf battery car and Chevrolet’s extended-range electric with a electric car that, like and Volt, you can buy nationwide.


Of course, there are fewer dealers than Nissan or dealers, so going down to the store for a Mitsubishi i isn’t the cinch Mitsu might

Mitsu’s good intentions are but a week in the i was unsettling, unsatisfying.

James R. Healey on the Mitsubishi i

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the appearance: Tall and slender is OK for models, but a dreadful approach to design. The i looks like an egg in Corners a bit like one,

And the naming department needs to other work. The car’s looks like a typographical It’s also wrong-headed.

I is selfish, and electrics are we cars, fans will tell you ad meant for the greater good. In markets the car is i-MiEV (for Innovative Electric Car). The i-MiEV is also ridiculous but at long enough to be a real not a typo.

The Mitsubishi recharging apparently designed by nervous restricts how fast the electricity can in. A safety issue, the automaker because while the car surely is no telling if your house can it. Thus, it can take up to 22.5 to recharge the car using your home outlet.

If you use the optional charger, it takes seven Mitsubishi says. If you can find a level 3 charger — 480 volts — you can go discharged to 80% full in 30 minutes.

The suspension gurus might some re-education. They with a 100-inch wheelbase, is huge for the overall size of the in fact it’s some 69% of the entire length, and should guarantee a smooth ride. the i jiggles and slaps and jumps and over ordinary road

Even if you like everything about the i, the ride gets pretty early in the relationship.

And a sure way to offend American Brand them as second-class by to change the gearshift pattern to the left-hand-steering that Americans It’s set up for Japan-market right-side so the tugs and yanks you need to the floor shift through the are backward for U.S. users. As as anything, it’s a symbol the i isn’t meant to be taken here.

Let’s not overlook the It starts at about $30,000, the government’s $7,500 income-tax that some buyers be able to claim. And you’ll a 240-volt charger installed at so add $1,000 to $2,000 or so.

The total is low for an electric (Leaf at about $36,000; Volt, $40,000), but high for a small car not especially pretty or pleasant.

The parts mainly are those of electrics.

Decent low-speed because electric motors you all they have the instant begin to turn.

Relative Not much road or wind The electric motor is in back of the usual front location, so any or whirs from the motor are distant from your

The i is excellent with the windows No wind slap, just a breeze. In fact, air flows so with the windows open plastic-bagged hanging dry-cleaning flap.

Because it’s so at airflow through and around the cabin, you need to use the air conditioning and that helps save the

Controls and gauges are straightforward, to find and use. They eschew the electronic complexities alt-power cars load up on to their gee-whiz quotient.

A test car from the Japan tested here two years ago had Seemed as if it could be a cute, fun way to your mobility, once for the American market.

But the real version seems less for its intended buyers than Mitsubishi hopes it’ll be as an entry electric, with forgivable foibles.

Instead, it more like an unfinished

The details:

•What? Battery-electric, rear-drive, four-passenger minicar. U.S. name is just i; it’s the i-MiEV (for Innovative Electric Vehicle).

Mitsubishi i

On sale in the U.S. since

•Where? Made in Japan.

Get attention by offering an electric car

•How much? ES starts at including $850 shipping. SE is Well-optioned SE test car:

Add $1,000 or more for installed home charging station cuts recharge time to seven hours.

Some will qualify for $7,500 tax credit, plus state or subsidies.

•How many? 300 sold in the U.S. January May, but nearly all to individual not fleets, Mitsubishi says.

makes it go? Electric motor 66 hp at 3,000 rpm, 145 pounds-feet of from 300 rpm up; single-speed transmission.

big? Not very. 144.7 long, 62.4 in. wide, in. tall on a 100.4-in. wheelbase. 2,579 lbs. Rated to 750 lbs. of people, cargo,

Passenger space 84.7 ft. Cargo space: 13.2 cu. ft. rear seat; 50.4 cu. ft. rear seat’s folded.

diameter, 30.8 ft.

•How Rated 126 miles-per-gallon-equivalent in the city, 99 on the highway, 112 mpg-e in combined Rated range: 62 miles.

time, up to 22.5 hours on household circuit.

•Overall: choppy-riding, tinny-feeling, quiet,

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