Gallery: TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes a Chilly But Impressive Ride in th...

 
Inhabitat had a one-day fling with a Mitsubishi i electric car recently, and we were surprised by what we found. The Mitsubishi i is an all-electric plug-in vehicle, which can be charged in your garage using a regular or dedicated charger (22.5 long hours or 7 hours respectively) or with a high-voltage quick charger for an 80% charge in just 30 minutes. We were expecting an urban runabout, since the Mitsubishi i is a small vehicle with a 63-mile estimated range. What we didn't expect was that the i handles itself quite well in snow, since of course it had to snow heavily for the 3-hour period we took it out for a test drive and photo shoot.

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  1. tahrey March 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Small city cars are _usually_ pretty good on snow (as, counterintuitively, are bikes and motorbikes). Light weight, but skinny tyres, meaning not much force is needed to move/stop them but you still get plenty of pressure on the snow/ice giving you a better contact (less slipping from the aquaplaning layer of water that builds up under fatter tyres). Plus front wheel drive, a lower powered (and so easier to feed in minimal torque) engine, and often a manual gearbox (a godsend for snow driving)

    The surprise to me is that a heavy, rear wheel drive, high torque and effectively auto-shift one like the MiEV was still as good!

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