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Commute home puts i-MiEV on top

The Driving…Unplugged Mitsubishi i-MiEV shares charging space with a Tesla Model S at the Impark lot at 200 Granville Street earlier this week.

As reported in my last posting, in a head-to-head, home-to-work commute, the all-electric Nissan Leaf fared better than the all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV in terms of used power.

The i-MiEV, the current EV being used in the Sun’s longterm, real world test drive, used four kilometres in range over the course of my 15-kilometre, downhill commute from North Vancouver to downtown Vancouver. Impressive no doubt, but not so much when you consider the Leaf covered the exact same route and ended up with 10 kilometres more on the range meter when arriving at work. In both cases, regenerative braking, which using friction to replenish energy in the onboard lithium ion batteries, provides the saving in range.

But how do they match up on the 15-kilomtre climb home, from sea-level to the 400 metre mark?


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