Long-Term Logbook, August 2012: 2012 Mitsubishi i
CG Observed Miles: 2,883 miles
CG Observed Fuel Economy: N/A
John Biel: Though I’m able to commute 50-plus miles for a round trip and still have a bit of a charge “cushion,” the i is still a better for shorter trips if you want to reduce range anxiety while still taking advantage of the comfort features like heat and air conditioning. But as a short-haul errand-runner, it becomes an expensive shopping cart.
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Ed Piotrowski: It’s neither attractive nor plush, but the i does pretty much everything you can expect of an electric car. It’s plenty drivable on the highway, though it’s really at its best in the urban/suburban grind. If you put enough thought into manipulating the transmission and climate controls, you can squeeze a surprising amount of range out of this car. After commuting to the office one morning, plugging the car into our charging station, and disconnecting it a few hours later, the display showed my fully charged battery would be able to go 93 miles. If you work someplace that has a charging station, the i can be an attractive choice, even if you live more than 25 miles away (as I do).
Jack Stewart: I have a seven mile commute, which means range-anxiety isn’t an issue. For short trips, the i is as practical as any conventional car.
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