Mitsubishi MiEV Test Drive Review (Video)

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Yesterday I was musing about the green pros and cons of Robert Llewellyn's Carpool internet TV show, in which he drives around in a hybrid or EV with notable business people, celebrities and tech heads. True, it does involve some perhaps unnecessary driving around—especially when the conversation isn't about cars—but he is also promoting some of the most advanced motoring technology around. And green questions aside, I'm increasingly enamored with the relaxed, revealing conversations that result. Yesterday he interviewed Dale Vince of Ecotricity, revealing a little more about how he went from living in a truck to being one of the richest men in the UK by harnessing the power of the wind. This next episode is a little more car centric, as Robert takes the Mitsubishi MIEV electric car for a spin, and boy is he impressed!In case you haven't been following, there's been a lot of excitement here on TreeHugger and elsewhere about the Mistubishi MiEV electric car—especially the fact that it's going to be available in Japan a year ahead of schedule, and Mitsubishi are opening a second battery factory because of unexpectedly high demand.

Apparently boasting a top speed of 130 kph (81 mph, although Llewellyn seems to hit 86!) and a range of 130 km (81 miles) or 160 km (99 miles), the MiEV looks set to be a serious alternative for your average commuter/city run around. And if this video is anything to go by, the performance is excellent. And while gearheads may be craving more technical details, I personally find it refreshing to see a motoring show that avoids the usual jargon - concentrating instead on how it drives, how far, how fast, and how much it will cost. I think I may be becoming a fan...

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