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    Heading out with only vague ideas where to find charging stations is the first rookie mistake you made. EV Charging stations are few and far between when compared to say gas stations, so good planning pays big rewards.

    The second mistake you made was not carrying a smart phone and application you could use to establish both the location and working status of chargers. The working status would have saved you following dubious car salesman advice.

    Why you charged at Level2 rather than Level3 at Concord isn’t clear. That added an hour or so of time you didn’t need to.

    There is a level3 station at Vacaville, although you mentioned Vacaville as a potential stopping off point you didn’t stop or use the level3 there.

    Going via Vallejo added 7 or 8 miles to your journey. Going the shortest route whenever possible is key to making longer journeys.

    I’m sure a more seasoned i-MIEV owner could recreate your journey, do it less time and not suffer from range anxiety.

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      Thank you for reading my article. After correcting several typographical errors, I posted your comments, and I appreciate your opinions. However, apparently you didn’t read the article completely or understand it. I didn’t drive to Vallejo, and I did attempt to find to find a level 3 charger in Vacaville and couldn’t. And the new level 2 chargers in the Valero station didn’t work. The article was to inform the public about the Mitsubishi i-MIEV and my experience. If you’d like to write about your experience with an electric vehicle, I would be please to post it.

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    Nice story and it’s exactly the story I hear often from the people who get their 1st EV.

    The limitations of these commercial ‘prototypes’ are thing to be aware of. They are advertised as products but by all means they are not as ready to be used as their tail piped cousins.

    Only thing that can keep the business afloat with these prototypes is extraordinary customer support. You should have 24/7 hotline to call as you get in trouble.

    The growth of the battery capacity is accelerating on these electric cars. Cell phone battery tech has been let behind and technologies for larger battery packs are developed separately.

    So what’s coming?

    All OEM manufacturers have already access to tech which allows +200 mile range. It is even cost effective but implementation will take still some time. They need track record so they can avoid huge recalls which are expensive. In cost and in reputation.

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    Tom Doherty

    This is one more review where the electric car is driven far beyond its range and then criticized for range, charge time and range anxiety. (oh dear!).

    My wife has had her i-MiEV for over a year now and has never had the problems you promote to scare the public and degrade the vehicle. Her longest trip is 59 miles each way and she has 12 miles left over which allows her to shop when she gets there with no worries. I set up a level 2 charger there so she can recharge overnight. She plugs in when she is done driving and has a full charge in the morning without waiting. Effectively, her charge time is the seconds it takes to connect/disconnect the charger. This is much faster, more convenient, cleaner and cheaper than gas! During her work week she only has to recharge once or twice.

    The bottom line is she loves her “Mitsu” and drives it every day. Cost of electricity to charge? We don’t know, our electric bill seems about the same so she feels like she is driving for free. She has NO RANGE ANXIETY. Anyone whose driving pattern fits the car’s profile should go out and buy one.

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    Joe S

    I’m afraid you did a disservice to EVs. Since 95 percent of all daily driving in the USA is less than the Mitsubishi i-MiEV’s 62-mile EPA range the car is eminently suited for use as a daily-driving vehicle. Indeed, my wife and I have put more that 16,000 miles on our i-MiEV and it has become our primary car, the Honda Gen1 Insight hybrid relegated for the occasional longer trip. Without even resorting to L3, the car easily delivers 150-200 mile daily drives using L2 (240v) opportunity-charging. Ignoring the fact that your long-distance trip could have been better-planned, perhaps it would have been nice if you had emphasized the car’s other advantages such as super-tight turning radius, cavernous flat-floor storage with the back seats down (much more than the Leaf), excellent visibility (with aft headrests removed), super-easy ingress and egress with excellent headroom, decent handling, and the added bonus that its overall small size makes it wonderful for urban shopping-center parking. A top speed of 80 mph and decent acceleration means it’s no slouch on the Interstate, either. We are hopefully at the dawn of the resurgence of electric vehicles, and underscoring their positives in addition to identifying their weaknesses will help keep the often-clueless and more-often-innumerate public properly informed.

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    Bob C

    There are several free smart phone apps available that will show you where the Level 3 charge stations are.
    You could have stopped at one of the two Level 3 chargers in Concord, and the Level 3 charger in Vacaville for 15 or 20 minutes each and had enough charge to get to Sacramento.
    If you don’t have a smart phone, you can check EV charge station websites on the internet before you leave. They will show you where the Level 3 charge stations are and if they are working.
    Unfortunately, with a new technology like electric vehicles, understanding your charging options can be confusing.
    I invite you to take the same trip again, stopping at the Level 3 charge stations, and see if your opinion changes.

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