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Post by carnut1100 » Thu, 31 Oct 2013, 16:24

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Link to the thread covering the purchase of my new toy....

About time I put up a thread for my i MiEV.
I have wanted an EV since I was a kid. I read all about Impact in Popular Mechanics and followed the EV1 saga and read every book on EVs the Library had.
I've driven the i MiEV and Leaf demos, bugged the hell out of both dealers, and researched conversions but the upfront cost has stopped me so far.
When the opportunity came up to purchase a 2010 i MiEV demonstrator for less than the cost of a comparable conversion I jumped on it!

Mine is a first generation model, built Oct 2010 but first registered late 2011.
It was not part of the lease trial but was retained by Mitsubishi as a demonstrator.


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The EV Grin was on my face from the moment I picked it up and hasn't budged since!
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Post by carnut1100 » Thu, 31 Oct 2013, 19:24

2010 iMiev vs 2012 iMiev....

I've driven the 2012 demo as well, and read over the experiences of others. There are a few things missing on the 2010 which would be nice, as well as a few differences.

Briefly, the differences I have found so far are;

2010 has nice seven spoke wheels while 2012 has hideous three spoke ones.

2012 headlights are blacked out while 2010 are all silver.

2010 does NOT have the pilot signal for a level 2 J1772 charger. The charging cord has no electronic box EVSE it's just a cable that plugs into a 15A PowerPoint. The actual rate of charge is approx 12.5A, around 2900W. if you plug a public charger into a 2010 the lack of a pilot signal means the charger will not give the car any electricity. I am investigating options to add this to mine, it looks possible with aftermarket bits but I haven't heard back from Mitsubishi yet.

2012 will turn the regen right up when you lightly hit the brakes...2010 will not.
When you lift off what regen you get is what you get. Braking has no further effect.

The shifter has different modes....the 2010 has D-Eco-B while the 2012 has D-C-B.
C shuts regen off allowing coasting when you lift off.
Eco on the other hand limits available power to about two thirds, dulls throttle response by about half, and sets regen to halfway between the D and B levels.
I prefer C over Eco but I can live with it.

2010 has a Smartkey. Proximity sensor detects key in your pocket and unlocks the ignition switch.

That's all I can think of right now but I'll come back and edit if I think of more differences.

In summary I'd say the 2012 is slightly better in all ways except for the hideous wheels....first thing I would change!
the shortfalls of the 2010 are minor however, and eeasy enough to live with.

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Post by carnut1100 » Tue, 19 Nov 2013, 03:49

Wallaby 1 iMiev 0....

New bumper and headlight will be needed....
Grrrrrrrrrr...

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Post by acmotor » Tue, 19 Nov 2013, 06:34

Darn wild life ! didn't know it was an EV ? I guess it claimed it couldn't hear you coming. Image

Hey, while the bumper is off you can investigate the DRLs.
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Post by g4qber » Tue, 19 Nov 2013, 13:02

http://www.gelcoservices.com.au/gelco_products.htm

Here is the pilot signal upgrade from rob gell
He has a 2010 imiev too.

Great to see a younger ev owner.

I too wanted the 2010 wheels at first but then I thought about the extra cleaning involved which I experienced with the golf so it is a blessing in disguise.

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Post by carnut1100 » Tue, 19 Nov 2013, 18:59

So that's the $400-ish item AC harness pilot enabled?
I will email him...

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This is where the front corner got pushed back into the tyre by the Wallaby....it tore the bumper skin at the moulding line.


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Here it popped the clips out (I have pushed it mostly back here, it was worse...) when the tyre grabbed it and pulled. Also most of the clips under the bonnet lip are broken as are the clip holes.
Nee bumper skin is over $600.



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As it popped out it smashed off the tip of the headlight...$2,000+ for a new assembly....$1,300+ for a lens and body unit.


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Post by carnut1100 » Tue, 19 Nov 2013, 19:04

People keep saying it looks like a Smart Car....well a few days ago I spotted a silver Smart in a car park and lined them up with the rear ends level for a few shots....



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Smart and iMiev from the rear.



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Front on shot. IMiev does look more "Japanese"



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This shows just how much shorter a Smart is......



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Similar....but not the same!

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Post by Johny » Tue, 19 Nov 2013, 19:12

Gosh the trouble i owners go to to make their cars look bigger.... Image

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Post by carnut1100 » Tue, 19 Nov 2013, 19:34

Haha!

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Post by Johny » Tue, 19 Nov 2013, 19:42

Sorry to hear about the damage to the i. It looks like it will be completely repairable with no lasting reminders though.

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Post by carnut1100 » Tue, 19 Nov 2013, 21:38

Yeah....just the $425 excess is gonna sting a bit!

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Post by carnut1100 » Wed, 11 Dec 2013, 15:07

Tonight on the way home the odometer will click over 4,000km!
I can still count on one hand the number of Times I have used the ICE car since I got this...and all but one of those were because I wanted to towbar!
The other was because somebody unplugged the iMiev ten minutes after I put it on to charge overnight....they know not to do that again!


In other news, one of my neighbours loved it so much that they began talking about buying one....and after a car swap for the afternoon She has decided firmly to buy one so there will soon be two privately owned iMievs in Tassie!

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Post by acmotor » Wed, 11 Dec 2013, 16:25

Great work carnut ! Two for tassie.

Last night I turned over 44,000km and the last km was as good as the first one. No sign of battery degradation or reduction in driving pleasure. So far dismissing the 'toy, it won't last long' jibe from some folk.
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Post by Richo » Wed, 11 Dec 2013, 20:53

carnut1100 wrote: People keep saying it looks like a Smart Car....


How could they mistake it.
The smart car only has 3 bolts on the wheels!
That's not very smart Image
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Post by offgridQLD » Wed, 11 Dec 2013, 21:38

We get a lot of them jumping around our lawn and all over our dirt road. Though they seem to be very alert and head for the scrub then they see me coming + the fact I drive at 30 - 40kph just to keep the dust down on that road.

As for the repair costs YIKES! that headlamp assembly!! I wonder if you can ask the repair shop if you can keep the old bumper (plastic welding isn't to hard when you get the knack of it) perhaps keep the light assembly as a back up.

I know there are a few 2012 headlamp assemblies for sale on ebay for $400 US.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2012-2014-MITSU ... 6c&vxp=mtr

Rear bumper from japan $469
http://www.ebay.com/itm/MITSUBISHI-I-MI ... 4d1583e813


Good to see you still like the car and it won over the people next door.

When people make the comparison with the smart car perhaps they are referring to the 4 door smart (Mitsubishi actually supply the 4 door smarts) the front looks very different but from the back ...perhaps?
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Post by coulomb » Thu, 12 Dec 2013, 02:55

offgridQLD wrote: When people make the comparison with the smart car perhaps they are referring to the 4 door smart
That would make much more sense; the "for four" as opposed to the "for two" Smart.
(Mitsubishi actually supply the 4 door smarts)
Really? Then it makes even a whole lot more sense.
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Post by offgridQLD » Thu, 12 Dec 2013, 03:03

We'll I'm not 100% on the fine details but it's based on a pre mitsubishy model perhaps the later model colt?

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Post by carnut1100 » Tue, 07 Jan 2014, 23:24

It's back from the bodyshop with a brand new front bumper and headlight. ...looking great!
All shiny and freshly waxed too....
Makes a nice change from the courtesy car....an early '90s Mazda 323 automatic really is a piece of crap!!!


In other news, my neighbour's 2012 arrived yesterday!
So Tasmania has in three months gone from no privately owned iMievs to having two in the same town!

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Post by acmotor » Tue, 07 Jan 2014, 23:46

Two in the same street even !

You'll be able to go on cruise in convoy now. Image
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Post by BigMouse » Wed, 08 Jan 2014, 04:17

acmotor wrote: Two in the same street even !

You'll be able to go on cruise in convoy now. Image
If they draft each other, they might even get a few extra km for the trip as well!

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Post by carnut1100 » Wed, 08 Jan 2014, 16:35

Well it's a rural area....she isn't right next door but a few hundred metres away on a short dead end road with 7 or 8 houses on it, which rounds off my road.
But we can see each other's houses (and iMievs!)
We are jointly working on expanding the number of charging points in southern Tas....

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Post by Gabz » Wed, 08 Jan 2014, 16:44

from 1 to 3 ?

you need to sell it to the Tasmanian government as ecotourism, it's why Kangaroo island in SA has 6.

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Post by carnut1100 » Thu, 09 Jan 2014, 17:08

Don't worry....already got two councillors at Derwent Valley on side, was just sstirring up Hobart city a few minutes ago, gonna be stirring RACT this afternoon.
Potentially a charge point available in dunalley soon as well....

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Post by carnut1100 » Mon, 10 Feb 2014, 04:01

Things haven't been standing still....over 6,500km on the iMiev now!
Things move on the personal front as well...the two iMievs are not just in the same village anymore, but in the same family so to speak...
We took both iMievs to a car show today, had information posters up on the windows, got heaps of people stopping for a chat!
Hers drew more attention being in the demonstrator wrap, but we made a good sight in convoy!

My iMiev is getting a bit of an easier life right now...I've bought a gardening and odd jobs business which requires a trailer full of equipment, so on days when I have work on the i stays at home and the Volvo 244 sallies forth with large trailer in tow.....perhaps I will have to convert a ute to electric, ICE just doesn't cut it anymore!!!
Unless it has a turbo bolted on and sits in a nice chassis with a twisting mountain road ahead that is.....
But for day to day driving electric is THE BEST!!!


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Post by 4Springs » Mon, 10 Feb 2014, 22:34

carnut1100 wrote:
My iMiev is getting a bit of an easier life right now...I've bought a gardening and odd jobs business which requires a trailer full of equipment, so on days when I have work on the i stays at home and the Volvo 244 sallies forth with large trailer in tow.....perhaps I will have to convert a ute to electric, ICE just doesn't cut it anymore!!!
Very pleased with how the Brumby tows a trailer. Slightly more horsepower than the original motor, and plenty of torque at low speeds. Nice and easy to reverse too, don't have to ride the clutch, and I can go as slow as I want.

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