A guest Blog by Plug’n Drive volunteer Glennengineer
The i-MEV is a small and unique electric vehicle (EV). It was one of the first modern EVs available and has been around since 2009 in other parts of the world. From an engineering point of view, it is a fantastic feat of efficiency that uses a small forced air cooled battery of approximately 16 kWh. I even had several short jaunts on the highway and, while the car is stable, the range suffers (see data below).
The regenerative braking (available in “B” mode) is powerful in the i-MEV and with practice one never uses the brakes unless coming to a complete stop. All cars should have this feature! In one short drive I used the heater intermittently and predicted about a 20% drop in range if used continuously. I will get a more accurate estimate during a winter drive later this year.
|iMEV around town (Aurora)||47||68||115||7.1||6.7|
|iMEV to Keswick + HWY||74||14||88||5.9||12.6|
|iMEV to Newmarket + HEAT||24||84||108||5.7||4.2|
|iMEV to Smart Centers||99||10||109||7.6||13.0|
|iMEV to Keswick||76||44||120||7.8||9.7|
|iMEV around town (Aurora)||10||112||122||6.2||1.6|
|iMEV to Sutton||115||9||124||8.6||13.4|
|iMEV around town (Aurora)||17||104||121||8.2||2.1|