2012 Mitsubishi i - First Drive, U.S.-spec MiEVEnlarge Photo
In regeneration, the maximum is 50A, but JoeS points out that in the extra-regeneration "B" mode on the gear selector, lifting off completely registered 104A--so the 'i's regeneration effect is quite strong, at two thirds of the power it can put out.
It also doesn't use much energy when rolling--another user, Wee John, recorded only 70 amps of current at 77 mph. So as with any car, it's the acceleration (and up-hill roads) that really uses the energy, while constant travel on flat ground can be quite efficient.
In fact, the car uses so little energy at around 20mph on flat ground, you could theoretically drive around 500 miles!
Many are buying off the lot, for a discount
It's not the same for all owners, but there seems to be a theme that 'i' buyers are ordering cars, getting bored of waiting for delivery, and then buying cars off the dealer lot.
In many cases, this isn't much of a problem anyway, as slow sales means some dealers are struggling to shift the cars--and plenty of buyers are getting hold of the car for $1,000 (or more) under MSRP.
Few call it the 'i'!
We all know it, even if few of us admit it: 'i' is a stupid name for a car. It gets lost in lines of text, it sends computer grammar-checkers crazy, and it even sounds odd when dropped into a spoken sentence.
'i-MiEV' (pronounced eye-meev) isn't much better, but it's easier to say, more distinctive when written and above all, it's what many of the owners seem to call it--regardless of their locale.
It's difficult getting cars...
For those near a dealer that sells the i(...MiEV), it's great getting those discounted cars. But for some, like those in some midwest states, there's no such thing as a nearby dealer. With the best will in the world, it's hard to go out and buy a car that you have to travel hundreds of miles to even test drive.
As you can see, from an owner's perspective there's not a great deal to dislike. i-MiEV owners, as with many other electric car owners, seem to be fairly educated on their purchase and the Mitsubishi is meeting their expectations.
Do you own, or regularly drive a 2012 Mitsubishi 'i', or are you interested in owning one? Let us know your thoughts below.