29 Jul '12, 11pm

A 200-Mile “Date” with a 2012 Mitsubishi i EV: Filed under: Energy News

A 200-Mile “Date” with a 2012 Mitsubishi i EV: Filed under: Energy News

Undaunted, I drove South for almost an hour on the NJ turnpike in AC comfort, where the posted speed limit is 65 but traffic moves easily at 70 mph. Most electric vehicles could do more but have governors to limit the speed and maintain fuel economy. This one is set to 80 mph. The car kept up without any noticeable sign of strain. I once owned an MG midget that couldn’t do the same. The “i” is a small car and the steering was responsive. The largest display on the dash was an analog indicator of charging or level of discharging. Flooring the accelerator would pin the dial on the power end. Accelerating would move it nicely in that area. But once any speed was reached, lightly touching the accelerator would maintain speed and move the dial into the “Eco” mode. Removing my foot would allow the vehicle to decelerate and the dial would move to charge mode. Battery electric car...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/07/29/a-200-mile-date-with-...

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