phb10186 wrote:It is a shame that it will never be widely recognised at the first mass-market EV of the modern era. It's also a shame that in about 10-15 years, very few if any will be on the road - but I will have to wait and see.
So true. Many don't realize that the i-MiEV accomplished a nationwide US rollout faster than the Nissan LEAF. The LEAF landed first, but the i-MiEV hit the east coast just before the LEAF did. People I talk to think it's a brand new car (in my mind, I still think of mine as new given the condition), but they are often surprised to hear that it is a 2012 model year.
With luck on my side, my pair of i-MiEVs will still be around that long. I don't plan on selling them, and with the Bolt taking the brunt of the miles now, they should last a long time. Jay, I'm looking forward to hear how the pack swap goes. I'm still betting on being able to swap out the cells after the warranty goes.
Regarding the Model 3, I was so torn between it and the Bolt. What sold me on the Bolt was driving a Model X. Tesla, to me, seems to focus more on curb appeal than on everyday practicality on most things with the exception being charging (nothing can touch Supercharging). If I had a job where wow-ing customers was a priority, no doubt I would be driving a Tesla. For everyday driving, I found that having everything on a touchscreen or steering wheel controls was a bit of a pain. Being able to reach over and adjust climate settings without looking is something I value, and the Bolt has the best UI I've found in a car yet for a touchscreen-based radio, despite needing the once-a-month reboot. The i-MiEV still wins on sound quality and bass punch of any EV I've driven once you get the door rattle in check.
Anyway, to get back on track, I'm glad to hear that everyone is still enjoying their i-MiEV after all these years, and I'm glad to see newcomers still streaming in. It seems like yesterday that I joined on and was awkwardly trying to figure out my future and if the i-MiEV would work for me. I'd say that my homework and going by gut feeling paid off. 53,000 plugged-in miles later and haven't yet run out of charge (although once nearly ran the company Volt out of gas. Hold mode to the rescue ).