PV1 wrote:Just curious though, how did the i-MiEV handle all that weight?
It did just find. It probably rode all the way home on the suspension bumpers. But I was careful, slow accelerate, watch for bumps, plenty of stopping room. Ironically, AFTER I loaded up, I remembered my tire pressure was pretty high
But other than that - it took it just fine. I actually didn't notice much of a difference on acceleration. I was rather surprised. Since I have only been living with the car for a few months, I still wait for the car to vibrate a little when I turn it on... So I was 'surprised' when I didn't hear more 'engine' noise from pulling the heavier weight. But, like Jray3 has reminded us - they do call it a traction motor for a reason. This 'technology' of electric motor drive is made for torque.
Again, I went really easy with it - but other than the ride (which wasn't terrible, but you could tell it was maxed out) you really didn't notice it much.