Electric cars get real
Tom Ford loves petrol. So we sent him away with the, er, all-electric versions of the Mini, Smart and Mitsubishi i. He came back charged
Posted: 07 Dec 2010
Some facts, then. The Smart will do about 80 miles between charges if you drive it carefully, at which point it needs to be charged for eight hours. Not terribly convenient unless you can charge at work, or regularly get into a big town early enough to take advantage of metropolitan charging points not populated by the aforementioned G-Wiz infection. The i-MiEV takes six hours charge for its 100-ish mile range, or can be stacked to 80 per cent power in just 20 minutes from Mitsubishi's hi-po charging system. Allegedly. The Mini will run to roughly 100 miles on an overnight charge, but as with all of our three, drive it like a loon, or have the stereo and aircon pumping and a hilly drive to work, and you'll severely diminish your effective range.