Mitsubishi's little electric car joins the Nissan Leaf in this small segment of the automotive market. The i-Miev's limited range and poor freeway manners make it best for cities and the suburbs.
The i-Miev is the second mass-market electric car from a major automaker, following the Nissan Leaf. Its specs come up short of the Leaf in most ways, but its base price is also lower. With federal and state tax incentives, the total price of the i-Miev can be brought down to just over $20,000.
The i-Miev is a very odd-looking little car, but the overall design is very space-saving and efficient. It is based on the Mitsubishi i car, sold in Japan with a 660cc engine, and primarily designed for city use.
The charge port is a J1772 standard plug, allowing electricity and data transmission. The car can automatically shut off charging when its battery is full. On a 110-volt outlet, it takes 22.5 hours for a full charge, and 7.5 hours from a 240-volt outlet.
Mitsubishi puts a little plastic patch in the middle of the rear bench, a suggestion that the seat is only appropriate for two people. The weight of five people in the car would reduce the range and acceleration.
The instrument cluster is very simple compared with what you find in the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt. The power gauge is accompanied by a digital speed readout and two other displays. The right display shows remaining range.
The touch screen offers a variety of destination input options. But this navigation system is not tailored for an electric car, as the points-of-interest database shows a category for gas stations, but nothing for charging stations.