Lit­tle spark

The first mass-pro­duced EV to go on pri­vate sale has plenty of hype to match

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First Drive - PAUL POTTINGER paul.pottinger@cars­guide.com.au

WIP­ING off a Prius at the lights, nor­mally, is a feat akin to shoot­ing a whale in an aquar­ium with an as­sault ri­fle – quite hard not to do. Do­ing so in Mit­subishi’s elec­tric i-MiEV, the first mass-pro­duced al­l­elec­tric pow­ered car avail­able in Aus­tralia, is al­most an act of sub­ver­sion, deeply con­trary to its greener-than-thou premise. Nor is it, as we’ll see, strictly speak­ing ad­vis­able.

In any event, this is a joy that pri­vate buy­ers soon may ex­pe­ri­ence— or­di­nary Aus­tralians soon will be able to buy a Mit­subishi i-MiEV. Fol­low­ing a lim­ited pro­gram with just 110 cars leased to gov­ern­ments and fleets, fullscale show­room sales should start next month.

Phase: The i-MiEV has faults to over­come

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