2012 Mitsubishi i: Consumer Reports Says It's Not That Great
|   Friday, June 15, 2012
Electric cars still have a long way to go until they win sufficient hearts for their costs to go down. On that road they will have to tackle oil lovers, political intrigues, natural mistrust and overall negative or skeptical opinions. The latest comes from Consumer Reports and is aimed at the 2012 Mitsubishi i.

Overall, they don't bash the car is ways similar to what the Volt had to endure, but still it represents a stain and some people are bound to observe it.
Basically, the major concern they had concerning the Mitsubishi I was with the car's range. In a way, it is an ironical situation: the car that worked so hard to convince people that embracing electric cars is not a bad thing is the subject of range criticism; Consumer Reports says the car doesn't have enough range to be a working EV.

This was the conclusion they arrived at after extensive testing in various road and weather conditions surrounding their base in Connecticut. The average range per charge stood at 59 miles, and that paves the way for installing range anxiety. Well, they might be on to something but their only see the empty part of glass.

The Mitsubishi I is priced at 29,125 dollars before any incentives apply, has room for 4, and gets its power for a 16 kWh battery pack rated by EPA at 62 miles per charge. Considering everything above, you cannot have excessive demands from the car. Also, there is one aspect that is usually neglected when talking about EV range anxiety.

In the US, the average commute distance is close to 6 miles when going to work, with about 14 miles traveled at the end of the day when getting home. Now take those numbers and compare then with the 60+ miles the Mitsubishi i is capable of going on one charge. And even the official mileage figures tell you the Mitsubishi i is a city car; it is not addressed to those who have to travel half the country on a regular basis.

Even the 81 mph top speed is enough not to embarrass yourself on the freeway. Consumer Reports compared it with the Nissan Leaf, which can go further on one charge thanks to the 24 kWh battery pack, but costs about 5000 dollars more.

If there is one significant flaw one can find in the Mitsubishi i, it is the tight passenger and cargo room. Once again, this screams of city car; few would resist for extended lengths of time in such a small pace.

Furthermore, it should not be forgotten that within a 60-mile radius in any significant city, you are bound to find a level 2 recharging station or a rapid charging Chademo station. Therefore, the issue surrounding range anxiety is not very solid, although it is true you take on a huge risk if you plan on taking the Mitsubishi i on a trip from New York to Florida. Well, as the saying goes: "for each, his own" we suppose.
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