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Mitsubishi i MiEV Gets Tested in Chicago (Part 2)

Happy Saturday! It’s Charis again; I write about cars (among other important things). For one whole week, I have a Mitsubishi i-MiEV parked in front of my apartment, courtesy of Mitsubishi, and I get to play. You get to come along for the ride. Technicalities about the i-MiEV are up here.
Day Three, 2:34pm

So now I’m getting used to the i-MiEV. However, there’s one thing that keeps surprising me; every time you turn on the car, there is a little screen telling you to obey all the rules of the road. If you want to use the touch screen to do anything at all, you have to click “OK.” I’m not sure what I think about this. I’m pretty sure I know how to drive, Mitsubishi, I have valid driver’s licenses in two countries.

I am now starting out on my second 65-mile round trip, to collect my stepsister. She doesn’t drive, or I would just have her transport herself to my place. Actually, that’s a lie. I’ll take any excuse to drive the i-MiEV I can get.
Day Three, 2:38pm

The next thing I’m trying to do is get the i-MiEV to play my music. Did I tell you that there’s a USB port below the dash so that you can plug things in? This seems like something I would have said. I plugged my iPod into the USB and tried to make it go. And this happened:

You know how there’s an iPod classic? I like to say I have a classic iPod, by which I mean I’ve had it since 2004. I think the i-MiEV is not backwards compatible that far back. (Or I have the wrong cable.) On the plus side for Mitsubishi, I don’t think this is going to be a common issue.
Day Three, 3:05pm

I’m still in eco mode, because 65 mile round trip, and I want to be able to drive around a bit after we get back to my place. (I like eco mode, okay, the car goes farther.) The navi has directed me onto a freeway with a 55mph speed limit, and the i-MiEV in eco mode is handling it just fine. (It’s not accelerating quickly up to 55, but that’s what the right lane is for.)

It also at this point occurs to me that the tires on the i-MiEV are special; they’re low-resistance tires, and they’re kind of tiny. Both of these particularities help the car move more easily, thus giving it more range. They feel fine in sunny normal road conditions, but at this point I’m wondering how they’ll hold up in the rain. I’ll try to find a thunderstorm before Monday to test them out.
Day Three, 3:54pm

Okay, I’ve discovered the drawback to the i-MiEV’s preloaded navi system: It does not take traffic into account, at all, it does not warn you about traffic, there is no option to turn on traffic conditions, and it sent me right into the middle of this:


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