Hi both Dons,
In testing the imiev for rental use, we had to know what to expect with customers, so we did a number of range tests with a fixed distance to cover, being 49. 5 Kms each way, each time for a combined 100 odd kms, roundtrip. Plus an odd extra drive to drop someone home.
Essentially, the trips finished with returning to a road with a 70, then 50 km speed limit, but at about 90 km hour, on a posted 100 Km hour road, after having zero range left on the RR gauge, the turtle light came on with about 7 kms to go to home. Three people on board, the power delivery in pedal response was exactly the same as on a full charge, and while still on the highway, we were able to maintain 87 km hour or more easily, with the 87 km hour being our aimed for speed.
Once back in town, we had to slow down for the posted limits,but power available felt the same. made it home with zero bars, zero RR and a happy turtle light and three range conscious people on board. The extra distance driven on turtle mode was 7 kms, but there seemed to be more left.
I think even with the turtle, Mitsubishi put in spare buffer capacity and so the batteries won't brick.
That said, knowing a cars redline in a petrol car and say the limit of traction in the et, one still doesn't drive on the limits on purpose often, so best to stick to no usage of the turtle, but know it is there if needed.
We are helping out in NZ by putting in recharging stations so if someone is short of charge, they can top up for free.
We aim to do this with solar. With the very few imievs in nz at present, about 14, with most of those in testing use,and only three in the area we are in, we think a simple small solar and a capacity of one recharge from the station battery per 2 days should be enough. Or perhaps a simple 240 volt 15 plug socket only..on mains power, as most of the power in NZ is from hydro or thermal. some from coal but not a lot. The coal one is usually only as a back up.