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Test Driving an Electric Vehicle

Matthew Parnell - Sunday, April 08, 2012

Matthew Parnell with Mitsubishi iMIEVAt the recent Opportunity Green Summit 2012 in Melbourne, I had the opportunity to test drive a Mitsubishi iMIEV all-electric vehicle. As these are on the market for around $50K, driving an electric vehicle is not likely to be a common experience.

Everyone who drives an electric vehicle talks about the quietness – this fooled me to, because when I took off I wasn’t sure if I was driving or rolling! I went around the block at Albert Park, in heavy traffic. Once moving with the traffic flow, there was some noise from the tyres, which was strangely re-assuring.

Apart from getting used to the sound and the controls, it was very pleasant to drive, with a good, high seating position. The gauges clearly showed when the driving style was in the eco range or beyond; and when slowing, it showed the charging from the regenerative effect.

As a leading edge technology for inner-city driving, it has lots of potential. Thanks to Tony from Chadstone Mitsubishi for letting me go for a spin.

Image: Matthew Parnell with Mitsubishi iMIEV and matching shirt

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About Dr. Matthew Parnell - With a built environment background, Dr. Parnell's specialty is buildings and their environmental impacts. Greensynergy Consulting is also active in bringing about change by developing the capacity of people, communities and organizations to adopt sustainable practices and develop strong sustainability cultures.
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