I guess it had to happen sooner or later – someone actually let Crash Test Mummy crash test their car! Yep, Mitsubishi gave me the keys to their new fully electric car the i-MiEV (Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle). Here’s what happened . . .
Last week, eight bloggers came together from around Australia to converge on Albert Park in Melbourne to attend a test drive and luncheon hosted my Mitsubishi. A luncheon which didn’t consist of macaroni cheese and fish fingers and I didn’t have to scrape food off the floor when we’d finished.
As for the conditions: the weather was miserable, visibility obscured by cute baby swans, and the track was soaking wet.
Whilst the i-MiEV is the latest fully electric car from Mitsubishi, they’ve been making them since the 70s, when mobile phones where the size of briefcases. This modern version is more like an iPhone on wheels. It will even have its own App telling you where you can get a 30 minute express charge. I just hope that if my car is getting a buzz then so am I – a macchiato and massage please!
A few facts:
- It has a small carbon footprint (not surprising considering it is smaller than Shaq’s shoe)
- Whilst it’s small, it is surprisingly roomy
- It is cheap to run, with an eight hour charge costing around $4
- No combustion engine with lots of parts to wear out and fix means lower servicing costs
- Batteries are included, and they never need replacing!
- Most importantly it comes in six different colours ;)
So, the moment of truth. I turn the key and it doesn’t roar into life, just a polite beep and a green signal saying ‘ready’. “So that’s it then” I ask the engineer, “I just put my foot down and go?” He looked at me somewhat warily and said, “You’ll need to release the handbrake first”.
Then I was off and racing my own (very quiet and smooth) version of the Grand Prix. If the racing cars in next year’s event are electric the residents of Albert Park would be much happier methinks! The i-MiEV was zippy, responsive and easy to drive. Technically I could have hit its straps at 130km and done 30 laps (150km) before needing a recharge.
So would I recommend an i-MiEV? Did I “love that car”? If like me you can’t even remember to charge your iPhone, you might not get too far in this little number. I can see the formula for my mornings:
(flat)i-MiEV + (flat)iPhone = (big fat)iFail
However, this car is worth considering:
- as a second car for a family of 3-4 (takes 2 child car seats); or
- if you don’t have to put kids in it at all (the extra silent version)
- if you mainly do city commuting
- if you are committed to reducing your carbon footprint
- if you have a budget of $48,800
If your budget has one less zero and you’re still committed to a fossil fuel free option, may I suggest one of these?
The i-MiEV gets a four-star ANCAP Safety rating.
I’m giving it a MADCAP CTM rating of three stars only because the current model isn’t friendly to larger families. However, Mitsubishi has eight new models coming out over the next five years, including an SUV. So, watch this space.
I got a nice luncheon on the day, and now it’s you turn to be spoiled. Mitsubishi are giving one of you a giftbox with a conscience valued at $200
Included in this decadent environmentally friendly pack are:
- Tielka Tea – Earl Grey Royale and China Breakfast (FT, CO, AUS, PF)
- Gunbower Creek – Extra Virgin Olive Oil (O, AUS, PF)
- Heavenly Delights – Lemon Shortbread (O, AUS, PF)
- Port Willunga Fine Foods – Gourmet Snack Pack (O, AUS, PF)
- Lindsay & Edmunds – Sweet Tooth Gift Pack (FT, CO, AUS, PF)
- Sleep Sanctuary – Relaxing Bath Soak (O, AUS, PF)
- Siham Craftlink – Hemp Loofah (O, AUS, PF)
- Mokosh Organic and Fairtrade skin care – 2x bath bombs (FT, CO, AUS, PF)
- Gunbower Creek – Olieve handmade packaged soaps (O, AUS, PF)
- Pure and Green Organics – Citrus with Coffee Exfoliate (CO, V, PA, AUS, PF)
- Gunbower Creek – Body Butter (O, AUS, PF)
To enter, leave a comment below telling me what convenience or luxury would you find most difficult to give up to save the environment and why? Please include your email address, or Twitter handle so I can contact you if you win!
The three most creative answers will be shortlisted by me and then judged by the promoter to decide a winner. The competition is open to Australian residents only. The giveaway is open for entries until 5:00 pm AEDST on Tuesday 25th October, 2011. Here are the full Terms and Conditions.
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