New electric vehicle – Mitsubishi i MiEV

Vancouver, BC Hydro, sign on to test electric car << Vancouver Sun

Here’s a vehicle with some promise.  It would be neat to have an actual zero-emission vehicle like a fully-electric Mitsubishi i MiEV.  According to Mitsubishi’s about the i Miev page, the car has a top speed of 130 km/h and a range of 160 km.  That would make it the perfect commuter vehicle.  A battery takes 7 hours to fully charge on a 200 volt system; however, a quick 80% full charge can be obtained in 30 minutes.  7 hours is all that most people would need to charge their car overnight.  I wonder if the quick charge is a spare charger that one has to carry in the trunk?

We may have to redesign some of our parking lots to have more power outlets.  Perhaps Alberta will be ahead of the game in this respect since their parking lots, especially outdoor ones, are littered with power outlets to power block heaters for their deathly cold winters.  I know my underground parking garage would not have enough plugs to go around if everyone had an electric vehicle.

Also, we have to wonder what this would do to our BC Hydro bills and consumption.  We’re all trying to cut back on electricity, but what would all these electric cars mean for our greater power supply?

In any case, I would like to see more vehicles like the i MiEV.  Overall, I’d like to see more transit, but if we can get more fully electric or hybrid type cars for now, that’ll be a step in the right direction.

2 thoughts on “New electric vehicle – Mitsubishi i MiEV

  1. You make a good point about the additional burdens to hydro. We may just be shifting the carbon foot print around from cars to power plants but not actually saving the environment any net polutants. At the end of the day, aren’t most power generators still powered by fossil fuels?

    Further to that, isn’t there efficiency losses in converting chemical energy (fuel) to electricity (charging) back to chemical energy (battery) and then finally to kinetic energy? Are we really producing less pollutants than going straight from chemical energy (gasoline) to kinetic energy?

    Until we can see energy efficiency gains rather than efficiency losses, I’m not sure we’re doing anything good for the environment. I, for one, would like to see “overunity batteries” hit mainstream consumer markets before jumping on the electric-everything bandwagon.

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