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Mitsubishi i-MiEV Review

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Driving a 100% electric car last month was very exciting and fun! The Mitsubishi i-MiEV was loved by the entire family. We had plenty of room for our family of four, enough that I even forgot I was driving such a tiny car until I caught someone pointing at me or looking at the car strangely. Even though I’m 5’ 11’’ I had plenty of head room and leg room in the vehicle which surprised me but it was actually very spacious.

Here is what I loved about the Mitsubishi i-MiEV:

      • You can buy it for as low as $21,625 and you can qualify for a Federal tax credit of $7,500! Hello!!
      • No tailpipe which equals no emissions. I took the car to my children’s elementary school and they could not believe there was no tailpipe. One little kid had to look all over the car!
      • I was able to take the kids to school, run errands, pick the kids up and run a few more errands and the vehicle had plenty of charge. No worries about the battery running low and I could charge it in the garage with a standard 120 volt plug with 15 amps. The elementary school kids loved that I could plug the car in the same type of plug that I use for my toaster. They got a real laugh out of this!
      • I felt safe. Yes, I did and even though others questioned this I felt comfortable having the kids in the car. There are six airbags, including a roof-mounted air bag!
      • The MIEV technology allowed for the car to regulate the output of the battery life for extended performance and economy of the driving. In the morning I could pre-heat the car while it was plugged in, saving battery life and who doesn’t love getting into a warmed up car! No fumes meant I could warm it in the closed garage too!

Overall, I loved driving this car and if I lived in an area that had the infrastructure for public charging – I would seriously consider buying this vehicle. It was a fun ride and what I really enjoyed was giving my children and their friends the experience of learning about this technology. They learned about where fuel comes from, why people buy electric cars, how you cannot hear the electric car and how the car charges. It was a great lesson for everyone!

Poquette is a K12.com 3rd grade teacher, a social media and marketing consultant (in her free time), blogger and children’s book author. She has a knack for vetting bloggers, creating blogger campaigns and connecting brands and bloggers. She speaks locally, regionally and nationally on blogging, social media and education. She’s worked with top name brands and has been mentioned and featured in the New York Times, ABC News Online, The Wall Street Journal and several others.

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  • Chalms

    What impact, if any, to your electric bill?

  • http://www.facebook.com/thejoshuahicks Joshua A. Hicks

    Great post. I love that the kids had soo much fun. They will grow up a lot more open to EVs!

  • lian8

    I have never driven an EV. How was the acceleration?

  • anastasia @ eco-babyz

    Would love to know what the impact on your electric bill was, compared to fuel costs! It looks great and would be the perfect ‘drive to work’ car for my husband :) He is 6’2″ hehe

  • greenandcleanmom

    In one week we noticed no difference in our electric bill but according to the FAQ the answer to your question on electricity costs is: “At the current national average of 12 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), it
    costs approximately $3.60 for every 100 miles traveled to “fill up” the
    Mitsubishi i. On a yearly basis (if you drive about 15,000 miles) you’ll
    end up spending approximately $550 on electricity. Your costs could be
    significantly lower if “off peak” electricity pricing is available in
    your area.” See here: http://i.mitsubishicars.com/faq

  • greenandcleanmom

    Great! Very peppy!

  • greenandcleanmom

    Matt I answered above in a comment but not much in comparison to gas! =)