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From what I can gather there where a few basic changes:
1. The remote key start on the 2012 was changed to normal key.
Apparently this was due to people accidently leaving the fixed key on the 2011 on & draining the batteries.(I like the keyless start/entry on the earlier model but I guess something else that could go wrong)

2.2011 nice mags. 2012 ugly 3 spoke mags that look like there from the 80's (don't know why the hell they went to these)

3.Tinted driving light lenses on the 2012, not the 2011.(again why!)

I prefer the look of the older one but I have decided to go for a later model 2012 due to newer batteries & more warranty.

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Also the 2010 I looked at came with Sat Nav.
The 2012 I'm looking at purchasing had the Sat Nov as an option.

I think I might get an aftermarket unit anyway as some of the comments kicking around say its average anyway.

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http://news.drive.com.au/drive/green-mo ... 22716.html

Old news
Price ppl are willing to pay for EVs
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old news
http://www.motoring.com.au/news/2013/sm ... -out-34651


mitsu imiev = tesla roadster, ie limited run and no longer for sale in aus one the stock is gone
really cool thing is that it is rear wheel drive
it is my "sports" car
rear wheels are fatter than front just like a ferrari, lambo, porsche, bmw
no cruise control
i like the single wiper, just like the tesla

2010 imiev has manual mirrors

interesting how imiev is promoted quite a bit in canada, due to their hydro
would be good to have onboard timer, keyless start and cabin warming/cooling via mains power
don't like the 2 wipers tho
also is wider in canada & us
this is probably gen 3 imiev

will be interesting to see if there is a light in the cargo area in the canadian model
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iMiEV will fully charge in 7 hours on 10A. That is fully charge and you would not normally take the battery that low. More typical 4 to 5 hours charge.
On 15A charge lead the full charge is less than 5 hours.

Doug, just ask the local dealer for a white i at $26,990 (drive away I assume ?) they can get one in through MMAL. (or cantact MMAL direct if the dealer won't play)
30th June would (have) be a good incentive though. That solves your colour issue.
Bringing one in from WA also requires registration/change etc so may not be a saving ?
If you are that close on price then jump. You won't be sorry.
Oh, the other point. What does the wife think of the i if she is going to be the main driver ? Is she prepared to work within its boundaries ?

Having a relaible ICE is not the point. The world is full of those but heaven help us if say China adds 1,000,000,000 more ICEs and not EVs to their roads !! Image
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Hi all.
Just took the plunge & bought the White I-miev from Bunbury Mitsubishi.

Payed a fair price for the car with a bit of back-forth. Stuck to my price & they came to the party in the end.

Hopefully delivered next week.

The car was their demo so had a mere 1700kms on the clock so they where prepared to move a bit.

The Blue one still there is brand new. After chatting they where prepared to move on the asking price also. So if your serious & have the cash, they might be worth a call.






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Nice one! How soon till you start modding it to put out >80 kW Image
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Might start with those horrible mags Image

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Well,
its all over. Imiev purchased: 1/2013 plate, newly registered, so the full warranty should come our way. I twisted hard & think I got a good deal (I am happy anyway). I will not advertise what I paid for it, bu it was an outright sale (no trade).
What eventually swayed me is the new NSW reg, the fact it is within range (being in Tweed, so a quick top up at my friends place in Murbah, & easily make it home to Lismore.)
The joke is that there is an almost identical car in Lismore, 2012, & already regd that I tried to buy, but the dealer was talking telephone books. I think he will have that one for a while... (When it gets to $10K I might buy it for parts (just joking).

Next job is the install of the 15A socket, Get some room in the garage for a car (move some Moto Guzzis around...) Then build an open EVSE, complete with timer to start the charge on the low power rate.

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Congrats Doug.

Good day for Imievs.

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ZIPPIE11CAR wrote: Might start with those horrible mags Image


I would wear out your first set of tyres first, then take the opportunity to change the wheel size.

The original tyre sizes are odd ones and a bit on the rare side.....

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More just a nice to have.
I wasn't going to run out & get a set straight away.
Just think it looked better with the multi spokes.

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Thanks not good that the tires are rare.

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That's great news guys !

The emotional roller coaster of buying an EV is over. Now you can enjoy !
It is (well was for me) a lot harder to buy an EV than an ICE, with many people rubbishing EVs and questioning their worth.

Now,
I set my phone alarm for 9pm each night with a little reminder message... is the EV plugged in and charging ? At least for the first few months of ownership. It gives you an excuse to visit the new toy and marvel at the future of transport.

What to put in the tool kit of an EV ?
I have a 10A to 15A extention cable 1m and a 20m one.
I have a torch (LED of course)
I have windex and rag
A black towel to throw over the junk in the 'boot'
A multimeter (for some reason)
A cord and punch type tyre repair kit ... those are great.
A roll of PVC electrical insulating tape
A roll of gaffa tape
Some plastic garbage bags
A fold up rain coat
A padlock for the J1772 connector trigger so it can't be removed from   
vehicle.
A pair of leather gloves

Enjoy the new world !
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Thanks Tuarn.
Yes, it was a big step. So many people telling me No!

Thanks for the heads up also on tool kit.

Great buy & looking forward to the experience & becoming a better driver.

I was going to ring the Imiev drivers Tuarn but my mind was already made up by then.

Hope to chat soon & drive!

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Woohoo!

Check out recargo.com for charge spots
I'm currently charging at northside Nissan

Would be good if mitsu could also come to the party by installing charge points.
They are probably waiting for the phev outlander.

Hopefully Honda will also be coming to the party eventually.
Renault Zoe would be cool too.

The imiev, evr450 and tesla are currently the only australian commercial EVs with RWD

I too found the 2011 imiev wheels off putting, but it probably is easier to clean
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Best / cheapest 30a running gear timer for smart power charging is from jaycar.

I returned mine to Perth hydroponics cos it was losing rather than gaining 1 min per month as the label says

http://m.jaycar.com.au/m_productView.asp?ID=MS6110
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http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=MS4044

This is also handy for visiting friends.

I'm glad you didn't go with the 2010 model.
Cos u wouldn't have been able to use the electrobay and chargepoint Australia bollards.

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Hey: wots these electrobay and chargepoint Australia bollards?? None of them round here mate. You are talking Country (with the big C).
We only use gods given 240v sockets to charge these here thangs!

We will be using the car to commute home> Lismore (17Kms) or home> Ballina (40Kms) & return. No option of charging during the day unfortunately. (unless I find a spare 240v socket of course).

As I was saying, I will need to top the charge at Murwillumbah so we are sure to get home from the Tweed (about 120Kms, so not worth the risk) when we first pick up the car.

I have ordered the current transformer & J1772plug/lead as a start to making the open EVSE. This has the option (currently in development) of starting from a real time clock, so I will be able to opt for low tariff night rates that start at 10pm, & also run 10pm Fri>7am Monday, so economical charging for the weekend run arounds.

I will be making the 10A>15A socket adaptors to use when away from home.
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If you have an iPhone there is a chargepoint Australia app

http://www.chargepoint.com.au/

In Perth we had the wa ev trial by uwa and they used electrobay bollards
http://therevproject.com/trials/charging-trial.php

Recargo
recargo.com
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The imiev is still the most economical affordable ev in Australia at the moment.
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The tesla roadster might have better mpge
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but not good for some seniors to get in and out of. http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/26/tesl ... -as-expen/
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Also on android


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Great app.
Would be good if there was a network of other spots also like industrial area points, service stations,emergency houses for people willing to provide a charging point.
Also caravan parks.

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I can only see 3 stations? Do I need to pay to see more points with ChargePoint?

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There are only 3 chargepoint aus bollards in Perth

I have added some caravan park sites to the recargo network

Chris cook's openchargemap has similar data and is open source.
In have been trying to duplicate the recargo data on openchargemap.

http://openchargemap.org/site/

There is an iPhone app for ocm too.

Watch out for distance calculations with recargo ios app. They are really out at the moment. Android version is spot on. Have already reported issue to James Hatton.
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