Friday, February 3, 2012

In the driveway: 2012 Mitsubishi MiEV

Every now and then I get to review a car that a lot of people are very curious about. The Mitsubishi MiEV is one of them. Parked next to my co-worker's huge Chevy, the i looks even smaller than it really is. Lots of co-workers have noticed it and want to check it out.

Being 100% electric, there are all kinds of new things to figure out with the car. How much range you lose with the heater. How to open the charging ports. Where the hell to plug the thing in. I got the rundown from the fleet company last night. Very interesting vehicle.

Rear drive, rear motor, rear battery. Tiny 145/65/15 tires up front (yes 145mm). I've only put about 12 miles on it thus far, but it is very different than the Nissan Leaf. It does not feel as substantial nor as powerful. It also doesn't have quite the range.

I actually like the look; it's almost a bit alien. I expect a flock of rubberneckers when Mercedes and I drive it around Portland tomorrow. This will continue to be interesting, I'm sure. Stay tuned.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am very interested in your review. This is on my short list for wheels I'd like to replace my wife's Cavalier with.