i-MiEV: Five-door Hatchback, Lowest-Cost Electric Car

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Mitsubishi i-MIEV

The Mitsubishi i-MIEV certainly isn’t a car you’d expect to find on the list of worst selling cars in North America. But it’s there and the time has come to take a look how good it can really be.

The electric car craze that is running amuck throughout the world has claimed many victims. Many electric cars were poorly constructed, difficult to maintain, had to be charged too frequently or simply didn’t offer enough range. But a particularly strange victim seems to be the Mitsubishi i-MIEV; a car that made its name as one of the worst selling in North America. Some call it ridiculous, others refer to it as a joke but let’s take a closer look to see if this electric car is really all the critics are describing it to be.

Efficiency That Will Blow Your Mind

The Mitsubishi i-MIEV in all actuality happens to be the lightest and cheapest electric car on the market thanks to only 16 kWh of batteries. The range of a brand new i-MIEV with 16 kWh of batteries is nearly 160 kilometres (though probably closer to 100 in terms of everyday driving). The fact that it’s an electric car that runs on 100% battery power means there are no mechanical parts and needs no maintenance. Put simply, the i-MIEV will never wear out. Plus, it’s much cheaper (and often completely free) to charge the batteries and just go.

Quirky Exterior as a Function of Interior Comfort

The engineering that has gone into the i-MIEV allows four large adults to comfortably get in and spend time inside the car, as well as put groceries behind them. Another way to make the most of the cars underestimated functionality is to simply fold the rear seats flat and store a bicycle in the back. If your family happens to be a typical one where one spouse commutes every day and the other takes care of household duties, this is the perfect urban and suburban transportation vehicle. It also happens to be very safe at the same time, which is to say, it’s not a death-trap-in-waiting.

What About Battery Charge Issues?

The reason why many people don’t feel too comfortable with an all-electric car right off the bat is that they believe that a battery-powered vehicle might suffer the same fate as their smartphones and laptops. In other words, standard batteries that power most consumer electronic devices today begin to lose their charge as a result of everyday use. But, that’s not a problem with the 88-cell high-capacity lithium-ion batteries equipped in the i-MIEV, which were specifically designed to be reliable and used for years. Think about it like this: if you’re still concerned about the cost-effectiveness of owning an electric car, it goes without saying that it’s way better than traditional gas-powered cars. But you can further lower the price per kilometre by taking advantage of low-cost nighttime electricity rates.

A car is meant to get you from point A to point B, period. The Mitsubishi i-MIEV does that incomparably cheaper than a great majority of other traditional cars, but also in a way that’s just as effective, reliable and safe. Even if the batteries do falter after a while, you might not need to replace them. Reconditioning them is a process where just the individual cells get replaced, which is cheaper. Bottom line, you just can’t beat the value for money and sheer transportation cost-effectiveness that come with the Mitsubishi i-MIEV.