Mitsubishi i-Miev By Joe - Perth, WA

Why did you choose this particular model?

I wanted an EV and as an early adopter it was the only commercially available EV vehicle available in Australia at the time.


How long have you owned the vehicle?

Since 2011


Which other models did you consider at the time of purchase?

LEAF - but at the time of enquiry I had to have interview as to whether home electrical wiring was suitable.  The beige interior also put me off!


Do you own any other vehicles? Do you have them for long trips or practical reasons?

I also own an I3 used for long(er) trips


What do you enjoy the most about the car?

Imiev narrowness and its simplicity


What niggles you about it?

  • Sat Nav doesn't lock on until night time

  • 16 amp charging is a limitation

  • Stops at 60-80% on DC charge. This is expected with gen 1


Has your style of driving changed since owning an EV?

Not at all!


What's the longest and shortest range you've experienced?

147km when battery was fresh. Now I only get 60km due to the degraded battery.


Where do you mostly charge?

Public and home


And do you make much use of public charging stations?


RAC Electric Highway

UWA bollards 

ChargePoint Australia


How much longer do you intend to keep it for?

Will probably change it this year.


Would you buy another one, if not what's your next car going to be?

The imiev has now been very much superseded by better models. Have put a deposit down on a Tesla Model 3 and waiting for the Tango coming soon.


How have the dealers been with regards to support?

Paceway Mitsubishi not interested in bad cell issue.


Do you unashamedly consider yourself an EVangelist?



Anything else to add that might help prospective buyers?

Perhaps wait for 200km vehicles.


Hyundai Ioniq

Tesla model 3, model X

Renault Zoe 41 kWh

Kia Soul EV

Nissan LEAF long range

Mitsubishi PHEV 2017

Mercedes PHEVs, sedan & SUV

Volvo XC90 T8

Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid

VW e-Golf; Robert Llewlyn loves his golfs

Audi A3 e-Tron, not recommended cos there is no sensor to advise that front charge port is open; tis like having fly open.





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