2012 MITSUBISHI I-MIEV
Owning an EV is a different kind of experience. The lack of exhaust pipe makes it look like a human without a belly button. But, joking aside, the range on this vehicle is only 65 miles, and when you live in Texas that can be very limiting. When you run out of charge on the side of the road, you better have a tow truck number and mobile service. The interior is fine for a family with small children, but the back seat isn't really suitable for full grown, Texas-sized adults. It handles a little better than a golf cart, but it feels a little squirmy when going over 60. We bought the i-MiEV used, at a steep discount from the original sales price (about 1/3 of the original MSRP). So, it looks like this car doesn't hold value well, and I would not recommend buying one new. Now, for the positives! I love the fact I can zip by gas stations without a second look. For short trips and basic commuting, it does it's job admirably. The stereo, although not bluetooth equipped, actually sounds pretty decant. We spent about $500 adding in a 220V plug in the garage so it can charge faster. With the standard charger that came with the car it took overnight to get charged up, and now it takes around 3 hours. If your OEM charger cable gets damaged, Mits wants to charge you $1400 for a new one...ouch...but we found that it is compatible with other chargers on the market. If you can only have one car in your family, this isn't it, but if you want a second limited purpose car, and you want to buy something used, this may be an option worth looking into.
by Anna EV Owner