Calling Major Tom

1 May 2010 – 10:39 am

Mitsubishi April 2010

What is it? Looking like it has just arrived from space, it is actually the new i-MiEV from Mitsubishi. Currently manufactured in Japan, it goes on sale in the UK from late 2010.

Having driven one this week in Central London, I actually quite like it. Apart from the hefty price, nearly £ 40 000, it provides stress FREE motoring. Free Congestion Charge, free parking and almost free electricity on London and other city streets, if you can find a space.

There is no doubt, more and more alternatives to the internal combustion engine are going to accelerate (!) their move on the market.

The i-MiEV despite its odd external looks, cost and agricultural looking interior, is actually quite good.

It can carry four with luggage, is easy to drive, zippy and quite agile. It is a town and urban car.

Running for a published 80 miles on a single charge, range anxiety questions will be asked, but it is a good start, and good to see a major manufacturer investing in a pure electric vehicle.

What do you think? Is the future electric?

  1. 7 Responses to “Calling Major Tom”

  2. Nice writing. You are on my RSS reader now so I can read more from you down the road.

    Allen Taylor

    By Allen Taylor on May 1, 2010

  3. I think the car looks and sounds great – but £40k!!!!

    By James Cove on May 3, 2010

  4. A step up for electric vehicles, but will Governor Schwarzenneger (sp) fit in it now he’s gone Green over Californian oil exploration?

    By Dominic Mason on May 4, 2010

  5. He he he please explain “agricultural looking interior”…

    By Rowan Heasley on May 5, 2010

  6. @Rowan if Lancia, Alfa and Jaguar score a 10/10 for interiors…

    By Xavier on May 5, 2010

  7. Yes, I’d get one if only the cost were closer to half that quoted, £40k is a lot. Maybe, after a few years, I’d get a 2nd hand example. Definitely a step in the right direction.

    By Sitaram Mudumbi on May 11, 2010

  8. I WANT ONE! But not at £40,000

    By DiDiDI on May 12, 2010

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