Mitsubishi is testing a fleet of iMiEV electric cars in California and one of the chosen drivers is Southern California Public Radio KPCC’s Shirley Jahad – who’s diary entries do not paint a glowing portrait of the tiny EV. Jahad’s latest entry in her “EV Diaries,” series includes a day spent behind the wheel on the streets and freeways of Southern California with three charges and a tow truck, needed to get her back home.
Rated at roughly 100 miles on a full charge, Jahad logged two charging cycles throughout the day before stopping at a gas sation at 10 o’clock at night to recharge yet again – fearing the remaining batter power (projected to be good for 12 miles) wouldn’t last the rest of the 14 mile trim home. So after an hour long charge Jahad felt confident, only to have the battery expire on an off-ramp, necessitating a call to AAA.
Jahad’s experience is a lesson for all folks looking at purchasing an electric car and its also an important reminder that, like with gasoline engines, the projected “mpg” isn’t always as advertised. Still, the electric car push seems to be moving ahead with cars like the iMiEV, as well as the Golf blue-emotion, electric Focus and Nissan Leaf – which features an innovative GPS screen that shows the distance you can drive on the current batter power.
This story isn’t the first “range anxiety” tale to make headlines either, with reports over the winter about a Consumer Reports test driver who discovered the drastically reduced range of the MINI E when the temperature dropped.