2012 Mitsubishi i Estimates Range Better Than Nissan Leaf

Posted on 03. May, 2012 by in Auto News

Prediction own range: We have reported extensively on our 2011 Nissan Leaf electric car's main weakness. So when we received for evaluation 2012 Mitsubishi i, we wondered how it would compare.

The i, also known as the i-MiEV is the new lowest electric vehicle in the U.S., at $ 29,125 before incentives prices. We expect to stumble it, as does the leaf on the many variables an EV is in trying to predict its range. We were wrong.

With the same formula that we developed for the journal, we analyzed all the trips we. In which I took in the course of a week, traveled the comparison of the actual miles on the projected area at the beginning and end of the journey Some trips were longer than others, and some did not start with a full battery, while others. We have not run the battery completely out.

To maintain the accuracy of proportion, we subtract the number of miles driven on a journey from the first predicted the EV range, and then we divide that number into the miles of predicted range at the end of the trip. Percentages below 100 means the car mean overestimated its offer for this trip and percentages over 100, the car went as predicted.

The accuracy of the Mitsubishi averaged out to 100.3%. The Journal of the accuracy was 86% during a month in October 2011.

To be clear, there are always differences between excursions. The best individual result "score" for the Mitsubishi was 102%, which means for this trip, it went a bit further than expected, given the range estimator projection starts. The car largest overestimation for a unique trip was 147% and the worst accuracy was 62%.

Because the weather is milder than it was in October, we thought it might distort the results in favor of the Mitsubishi, so we calculated the Leaf range error for the same week in April we took the time i averaged 84% , not far from his month-long accuracy and definitely worse than the previous

We were asked if our Chevrolet Volt accuracy (typically near 100%) came courtesy of his expensive thermal battery management. Our short test of the i suggests that it is not necessary. (Although Mitsubishi we tested an optional battery-warming function had only works when the temperatures dip well below zero.)

Among them, that for gas-powered cars do not exactly appreciate their reach, either, and it is difficult for an electric car to predict and calculate all the variables and estimate reliably area – According to previous posts EV advocates have made several statements.

Both points are absolutely true. However, an interest in a petroleum-powered car with a low range for hundreds of miles, and the possibility of a mine are usually just a few miles, if that. As for the complexity of the area estimate, we completely understand. But excuses for the technology will not make it attractive to consumers. Battery-electric cars come with a limited range and the accompanying field to begin fear. Add uncertainty to the mix, and the fear simply doubled.

Fortunately convey the i-V and has more confidence than the Leaf.