Pretty excited when I read this, but when I went to that site today the Canada link took me straight to a page on the Outlander PHEV. Glitch, or has our Mighty Mouse also been banished from the Great White North?
I'm with you on the regen paddles - those look sweet.
JoeS wrote:Despite what most people need, the present-day trend of 200+ mile range will continue as a marketing salespoint (sort of like number of megapixels in the digital camera race). Hope the amortized tooling and small battery means that the i-MiEV price undercuts all other BEVs.
I'm resigning myself to the absurd truth of this, but it still grates. I resent having to pay for some damn 60kWh battery that I don't need for a car that will never leave town and charges more than adequately overnight in its garage, just because myriad idiots think 200 mi range is a '"requirement" for their 2nd or 3rd car. I intend to drive my Weeble 'til the battery's well and truly unusable, and at that point might even look into 3rd party replacement (a Mitsu brand replacement that costs 50% more than the value of the whole car AFTER the replacement is worthless to all but the determined historical EV collector, I should think). I don't think a new cheap short-range EV is in the cards for the USA in the foreseeable future (e.g., not holding my breath on us getting that new Honda), and I don't want to spend 20k more than an EV's worth to me for range I don't need. All that makes the i-MiEV literally irreplaceable, though if there are no good battery replacement options, I might be forced to replace it anyway
JoeS wrote:For myself, I would prefer the narrower non-NA version simply for ease of squeezing into parking spots.
I feel obliged to mention that the narrow body does not have room for the NA-mandated side air bags - but at least your elbow could reach the armrest