Mitsubishi i-MiEV is one of the best electric vehicles available in the worldwide market. It is a 100% electric powered vehicle that offers a very smooth and quite ride with zero on-road emissions. There is no gas tank and it releases no CO2 or exhaust fumes. Impressed with the efficiency of Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy has even named i-MiEV as “The Greenest Vehicle of 2012″. In addition to its green factor, this electric car has a very unique and eye-catching exterior design too. Mitsubishi has also launched ‘2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV’ for the US market in two models, one is the entry-level ES model and other is the SE-class premium version. Affordable price is another exciting feature of i-MiEV car. The approximate starting prices are $21,625 and $ 23,625 for ES and SE models respectively.
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car features the up-to-date MiEV (Mitsubishi Electric Vehicle) technology. It is actually a management system of the car, which constantly observes the energy flow all through the car. Plus, this technology helps the car in delivering smooth and constant acceleration. It also controls the battery output and evenly distributes the energy coming from the regenerative brakes. It makes sure that all the systems are going green. In short, the MiEV technology is the heart of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car.
Interior of Mitsubishi i-MiEV is very spacious with four seats and plenty of leg and headroom. The rear seats are foldable. By folding down the seats, you can get even more storage space. You can choose between three different driving modes named as maximum economy, maximum fun and maximum regenerative brake power. With the help of a special MiEV remote control, the riders can pre-cool or pre-heat the car’s cabin as per their convenience. Plus, the remote control allows setting the preferred charging time even from a distance.
The overall length of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV car is 144.7 inch, overall width is 62.4 inch, and overall height is 63.6 inch, making it compact enough to breeze through traffic. It has a very unique rear-motor and rear-wheel-drive design, which significantly improves the handling of the car and boosts the cabin space without compromising on the performance. The HDD Navigation feature allows you to get Diamond Lane Guidance, Real-Time Traffic, a rearview camera and turn-by-turn directions while driving. An intelligent braking system used in the car assures that the energy from deceleration is not wasted and instead it charges the battery.
The battery used in the car is a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery composed of 88 cells. The car comes with a handy and portable charging cable that can be plugged into a standard 120V home outlet. Yes it’s the same outlet that is used for the working of a television, toaster, lamp, etc. To charge a fully drained battery with the 120V charging method, it would take about 22.5 hours. Before you start charging your car’s battery by this method, make sure that the outlet is rated for a minimum of 15 Amperes.
The 240V wall-mounted quick-charger is the best option for getting quick and convenient home charging. With this method, you can fully charge your car’s battery in just 7 hours. The fastest charging method is of public quick-charger port. Around 80% of the battery will be charged in just 30 minutes. The car with a fully charged battery delivers a range of 62 miles, which is quite impressive for an electric car. Plus, the car can reach a maximum speed of 81 mph. The EPA rating of 126 MPGe (miles per gallon) for city driving is another eye-popping fact of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV.
Besides being an efficient electric car, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is also a very safe car as it comes with world’s most advanced safety features. The car meets every one of the FMVSS i.e. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. It consists of 6 airbag systems including 2 dual-stage supplemental front airbags, roof-mounted curtain airbags (both front and rear), and impact airbags (front). The Active Stability Control system makes use of a series of sensors that constantly monitors the grip of tires on road and with the help of anti-lock brake system; it applies the brakes intelligently as required for each wheel.