November 20, 2012
Back then, a short test drive of the i-MiEV was made available to the public and I was one of the lucky ones who get to experience what an EV feels like (Click here for the review). The i-MiEV drives like a normal car, and the vast amount of torque of 180Nm in the engine would shame even some compact car with petrol engine of its size at a traffic light junction. Top speed at 130km/h.
Given its tall-ish height, the cabin is spacious enough for 4 adults to travel comfortably. However, with the battery range of only 160km (similar to Nissan Leaf's), it is not advisable to travel far in the i-MiEV as it is meant for city driving.
While waiting for i-MiEV's launch on next month, many are asking about its price. As we know EV is not cheap to be produced and thus, some estimated the price would be around RM150k-RM160k if there is no special tax exemption for EV by the government. As comparison, a Toyota Prius hybrid car costs RM140k. However, as an EV, you'll get a zero emission car with lower running costs from the i-MiEV.
Also, buyers of the i-MiEV can only charge their i-MiEV in their own house or the charging station in Lot 10 and Suria KLCC parking lot. If Malaysia really want to start selling EVs, more quick charging station has to be installed, at least in the city as first phase. If the i-MiEV's official price is similar to the predicted one, would you buy one?
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