My Darling Little i-Car!
I love my new little Mitusbishi i-Car! I’ve had it since Feb. 22, and it did take a little getting used to, because it will only go about 72 miles on a full charge. It’s all-electric! I got it to save money on gasoline, to reduce my carbon footprint, and to advertise the cottage with the graphics on the sides.
I kept my old faithful ’96 Subaru wagon for longer trips and for hauling the occasional sheet of plywood or lots of plants – although I did recently bring home 3 giant fuchsias for the cottage in my new little i-Car.
I couldn’t get the graphics right away – I was picky about the design, and my good friend graphic artist Lari (Power Graphics SD) was very patient with me through about 17 takes on the design. Then the application was a little problematic – had to be redone cuz of a technical glitch. But now it’s finished! And I absolutely love the graphics and the car.
These photos show how the graphics were applied. These cool young guys came out to my place and put the printed film on right on the spot in just about an hour!
The car is really pretty zippy. The brakes and steering are marvelous, and I can turn on a dime and tuck it into a very short parking space! Best of all, the electricity it takes to charge it doesn’t cost me much at all. I had a “Level 2” charger installed in my garage – it takes about 7 hrs from no-charge to full-charge. My last electric bill was hardly increased from the same 2 months last year, and the rates have gone up, AND I also have a new electric heat pump (installed last July) for my own house – to replace my oil furnace.
This Mitsubishi is cheaper than the other all-electric on the road, the Nissan Leaf. After I get my tax credit for 2012 (fingers crossed), the price tag, with graphics and leather seats, will be about $25,000. (plus the charger) In Washington State, they don’t charge sales tax on electric cars.
For my local errands, which is most of my driving, this little car is perfect!