The Mitsubishi I Electric Car at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

| 6/5/2011 5:51:46 AM

Tags: Puyallup 2011, Mitsubshi, electric car, Mitsubishi I, John Rockhold,

I have to admit I was slightly skeptical about Mitsubishi's "I" electric car before I arrived at the 2011 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Washington. I've loosely followed the development of the i/MiEV over the years, but never had the impression it would be right for much more than a niche market. When I heard that Mitsubishi would be one of the main sponsors of the Puyallup FAIR, I was excited because I knew I'd be able to confirm whether my suspicions were right or wrong through hands-on time with the car. 

After a ride and a drive, I'm happy to say that I was completely wrong. 

The I is a great electric car, one that could be ideal for many people. It's smooth, zippy, nimble and spacious. It's fun to drive and functional for families because of its rear passenger/cargo room. It's obviously a superbly designed electric car thanks to both its drive and its ride. The three units of the car have been turning heads and creating buzz at the FAIR.

Perhaps best of all, at $20,490 (after a $,7,500 federal tax credit), the I will be the most affordable electric car on the market. 

I'm really looking forward to getting more time with the car on Sunday, and seeing how the U.S. market responds to this electric car. 

Check out the photos below, and the video interview with Jonathan Holloway, who was kind enough to show me the ins and outs of the car. 

john padgett_2
6/13/2011 10:49:40 AM

The most important point of the electric car, how efficient it is. There is no comparison between the cost of gas/diesel, as they only get about 15% to the wheels. Power stations burn EXTERNALLY, and are therefore much more efficient. Less coal, oil, nat gas is used per mile on an electric car than with an internal combustion engine. Look up "WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR" The 1990's EV 1 was very efficient, charged for over 100 miles for alittle over a buck. Oh subsidies, had Reagan not killed the subs, etc, we would not be in the current mess. 1973, USA cut back on oil, but not before wind and solar took off. saudai dumped cheap oil to kill the unsubsided alternatives. Carter put them on and it took off again even against big oil. The first day Reagan pulled the solar panels off the white house. One is in a China Museum, largest mfg of solar.....

6/10/2011 7:27:25 PM

The nice thing about electric power is that it doesn't HAVE to be generated by coal or nuclear fuel. If we start out that way, fine. I know that I'll be looking very hard at any electric that actually makes it to the dealers in my area. I'm sure the electricity generators would be happy to sell juice for any increase in demand, regardless of whether they use hydro, human derived methane or squirrels to crank out the power. I do think that any battery used needs to be recyclable, and if it is built to be automatically swapped out for extended trips (something like better place), that's a plus.

6/10/2011 11:24:13 AM

Perhaps some discussion about the cost of a recharge at home or at a charging station would be very helpful in making comparisons between electric and other fuels. I know that electricity cost vary over the nation, but some average could be discussed.

6/10/2011 9:56:51 AM

The electric car is cute, and may make some people feel all warm and fuzzy, but is not truely practical. If you think you are going to save the planet by driving one, you should ask yourself a few questions. Where does the materials for the battery come from? What type of enviromental damage did the processing of those materials cause? Where does the electricity come from? The majority of "electric" cars are actually run on either coal, or nuclear power. That is not a problem for me, but I think would be for most people in the market for an electric car. Think about what happens during summer in many parts of America. How many people have experienced a brownout? The grid is at the breaking point right now. We can barely supply the electricity that is currently being used. Imagine 150,000,000 electric cars being plugged in. The last thing I will mention which I do not agree with is government subsidies. If the technology is there, it should be able to stand on it's own. That being said: Yes we need to continue research and experiments on alternatives to what we have now, but in my opinion fossile fuels are the energy source for the next several decades. Lets find ways to use them more efficiently.

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