Just wanted to introduce myself and to express my gratitude for all the active members here.
About 9 months ago, I picked up a used 2012 black ES with the quick-charge port. This thing is brilliant! 50 cu. ft. of storage in a car about the size of a Fiat 500. Room for 4 adults. Efficient. A kick to drive. I even like the way it looks.
I've wanted an electric car since the mid 90s. I even bought a Porsche 914 to convert to electric, but I never followed through, mostly due to the cost - around $20K. I also fell in love with the Porsche with the 2 liter gas engine so it was hard to bring myself to gut the car. I seriously looked at the GM EV-1 when it came out but wasn't crazy about the idea of leasing, especially when I had to install a charger that was a permanent item. After that, EVs took a back seat in my life until I read a recent article about how inexpensive used EVs are. I started looking at used Fiat 500e and Smart Fortwo EVs. Both cars are fun to drive and there are tons of them available in my area for a decent price.
Then I ran across some reviews of the i-Miev, most of which were negative pointing out things like skinny front tires, the plastic interior, and the short range. I tried to look beyond the superficial criticisms and, along with the info from this site. I realized that this was the EV for me. I wanted something with room to carry stuff. Range wasn't a huge deal for me as I live in an area where I don't have to drive far to get to the places I need to go. The quick charge port was also a plus as there is a decent network of charging stations where I live in the San Francisco bay area. Ah, but finding an i-Miev with a fast charge port was the tricky part. There weren't many available and the ones that were seemed to be in the midwest or in Washington state.
Eventually I found what I was looking for at a Mitsubishi dealer in Salinas, CA. The price was right and the dealer was willing to transport the car to a Mitsubishi shop in Hayward which was 25 miles from my home. The car needed some recall work done so they took care of it in Hayward. I took a BART train to the shop and drove my new-to-me i-Miev home.
Along with the car, I bought a charging station, but haven't installed it yet. The 110v charger works fine for my needs.