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Just posted my 2017 iMiEV Review to Youtube

Posted: Mon May 06, 2019 2:29 pm
by selmateacher
I Just posted my 2017 iMiEV Review to Youtube. enjoy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtJXPnZKh_0

Re: Just posted my 2017 iMiEV Review to Youtube

Posted: Mon May 06, 2019 3:23 pm
by Don
A good, well documented review giving both the positives and negatives of these wonderful little cars . . . . which means of course there's no future for you reviewing automobiles! :lol:

Don

Re: Just posted my 2017 iMiEV Review to Youtube

Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 7:24 am
by kerrye
You said the 2017 was different than earlier US models. What differences were you thinking of? Your 2017 looks like my 2012. I'm pretty sure some models with the upgraded navigation, rear view camera and radio came with bluetooth connectivity. Some models also were delivered without the Chademo port, which his a really serious downside in my mind.

Re: Just posted my 2017 iMiEV Review to Youtube

Posted: Wed May 08, 2019 11:13 am
by wmcbrine
kerrye wrote:You said the 2017 was different than earlier US models. What differences were you thinking of?

He refers to extended range (larger battery?) in the video -- and says it's one of only six (!) units with this capability. I hadn't heard of that previously.

Re: Just posted my 2017 iMiEV Review to Youtube

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 4:10 am
by iwatson
You state in your video that tires should be rotated as with any other vehicle. This is incorrect. The imiev has two different size tires on the car. 145/65 R15's on the front, and 175/60 R15's on the back and should NOT be rotated.

Re: Just posted my 2017 iMiEV Review to Youtube

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 8:07 am
by JoeS
selmateacher, thank you for your nice video which is a great introduction to our car.
wmcbrine wrote:
kerrye wrote:You said the 2017 was different than earlier US models. What differences were you thinking of?
He refers to extended range (larger battery?) in the video -- and says it's one of only six (!) units with this capability. I hadn't heard of that previously.
This is the first I had heard of a "Long Range" i-MiEV, and I also would like some corroboration of that assertion as well as details of this battery pack. Note that there was no EPA rating change (after it was bureaucratically downgraded from 62 to 59 a few years ago). Although judicious hypermiling on the flat and warm San Juaquin Valley could readily produce RR=99 on a new 16kWh battery, a consistent RR of 99 without hypermiling is 'interesting' and maybe does indicate a change? Enquiring minds want to know, as I would have expected Mitsubishi to tout this ... although by 2017 they had given up on the i-MiEV for the US market.

0-60 in nine seconds also doesn't sound right, as our previous US versions have the (infuriating) acceleration ramp-up that gets us into the 14-second region. Looking at KiwiEV's videos shows that the European version did indeed accelerate a bit faster (12 seconds), but nowhere near 9 seconds. Get rid of that ramp-up and 150A current limit and I bet she'd do it in under 9 seconds as IIRC this same motor was used in some of Mitsu's performance vehicles.

Re: Just posted my 2017 iMiEV Review to Youtube

Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 6:02 am
by PV1
Nice review, although you definitely should post some shots from CaniOn showing battery capacity and acceleration power. Never heard of an "upscale" i-MiEV for the US. It seems yours has:

1. Larger battery
2. More powerful motor
3. 5th Seat belt, for a very narrow middle, rear passenger.
4. Possibly upgraded heater? Granted, CA is quite a bit warmer than PA in the winter.

Re: Just posted my 2017 iMiEV Review to Youtube

Posted: Fri May 24, 2019 8:51 am
by selmateacher
This car is great fun to drive. I drove the Japanese version and the one in Japan was indeed slower. About the CaniOn app: That app does not recognize this car's battery configuration. So I tried the OBDZero app, but still the readout is "N/A" for the battery pack. Other features work in the apps, but they cannot read the battery info. So the battery pack has a difference in total capacity. If it is still only 16KWh, that would make this battery pack and EV more efficient than any other EV, I have ever driven. But I highly doubt that. I believe an upgraded North American controller and battery pack are the cause for the faster 0-60 times and longer range. I waited a year to produce this review video, because this 2017 MiEV gave me a different result than Japanese and 2016 MiEV that I had driven in the past and I wanted to make sure that it was not a 'bad' reading of the range. After consistently finding the range to be near 100 miles, I decided to go ahead and publish my findings.

Re: Just posted my 2017 iMiEV Review to Youtube

Posted: Fri May 24, 2019 9:10 pm
by JoeS
Speculating, perhaps they changed nothing other than software:

1. For acceleration, simply did away with the artificial ramp-up and upped the 150A max current limit.
2. For range/battery capacity, maybe they reprogrammed to allow the battery a lower usable voltage limit (and perhaps reducing the invisible 'turtle' range)?

Or maybe they're using yet even further-improved batteries and didn't bother recertifying their EPA rating. Aren't these same cells used in their Highlander PHEV?

I was gobsmacked that a 2017 USA version i-MiEV even exists, as the only other "2017" I know of (bradleydavidgood77) was built in 2016. Don't suppose you want to share the VIN?

Also, IIRC, CaniOn has troubles reading 2016 i-MiEVs.

Whatever... it sure sounds like you have a unique car and it's serving you well!