The folks are UK magazine CAR got the opportunity to spend some quality time with the Mitsubishi i-EV recently and they came away preferring it to the conventional gas-powered version. The electric car that looks somewhat like a four-door Smart has an electric motor driving the rear wheels and lithium ion batteries mounted under the floor. The low mounted batteries and electric motor torque actually result in better handling and acceleration than the 660cc gas version. The i-EV has a 100-mile range and leisurely 14 second 0-60 time. Mitsubishi hopes to have the i-EV on sale by 2008 or 2009 at price of $30,000 although that may be tough to reach unless they're willing to sell it at loss.

[Source: CAR]


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