Despite my initial optimism regarding the Mitsubishi iMiEV, we almost didn’t make it to a third date. I mean that more-or-less literally, by the way, because the car very nearly left me stranded on the second day I was driving it. It turns out: range anxiety is a real thing.
How Was It?
Once I got situated behind the wheel, I found the interior of the 2015 Mitsubishi iMiEV electric car totally inviting. The car’s odd, bubbly shape translates nicely into an airy driving experience with plenty of head room, no annoying and pointless center consoles to rub against your knee for 1000 miles, and virtually no blind spots.
The iMiEV’s interior is damn near perfect for a small commuter car, in other words. In motion, too, the car is good, offering much more stability at 60–70 MPH than anything riding on four
spare skinny tires has any right to.
My problems started, as these sort of problems often do, the morning after. It was at that point, as I walked out to the garage to drive the little Mitsubishi iMiEV to breakfast, that I noticed the car hadn’t — as I’d supposed — been charging all night.
Don’t get me wrong, the car was properly plugged into a 15A socket. At some point during the night, however, the charger had started flashing “error,” and there was no one around to notice and/or fix the issue. By the time the problem was discovered, it was 8:15AM, and the car was showing 26 miles of range … and I needed to take it for a 26 mile trip.
I took a deep breath and decided to go for it on the basis that, “Mitsubishi’s range thing is probably pessimistic.” Indeed, when I pulled up to my parking space at work, I was still showing 3 miles of range left. After I turned off the car and got out, I saw that I had about 3 feet of space left to pull up to the building. I decided that I should move the car closer to the building so I could better access the electrical outlet, but when I went to turn the key? Nothing.
What Do I Expect Now?
I really, really want to like the Mitsubishi iMiEV. I’m a big fan of Mitsubishi’s recent/upcoming products, its open-er, honest-er MPG ratings, and its tradition of building small, reliable economy cars that don’t make you hate yourself for driving them. That said, I would really like to get a text or an email or something from the car when it
decides to shit the bed goes into error mode.
Here’s hoping there are no more “morning after” surprises from the Mitsu …
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