As a car reviewer, I have absolutely no credibility whatsoever.
I have owned a Holden FB Ute: motor fell out on to the Denbarker road. Three Minis, a Morris 1100, an ex-Main Roads Holden Belmont, a Skoda 120L with optional clutch, a Chrysler 300 (the one that looks like you might be dealing illicit substances out of the boot). You get my drift? I'm not what you'd call a purist. Currently I have a Hyundai i45 - I call it "Whitegoods on Wheels", it's also probably one of the better cars I've driven.
In a rush of blood to the head someone at Mitsubishi (the people who brought you the WW2 Zero) allowed me to drive their all- electric i-MiEV (stands for Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle).
People who remember The Jetsons will love the look. Slab-sided, tall, and decidedly space age. Dr Who fans will also love it - it's like the Tardis; small on the outside, tons of space within.
Starting the i-MiEV is unnerving initially. Turn the key, no starter motor, just a sign on the dash saying "READY". Slip into drive and away you go... silently, apart from the wheel noise. Sort of like riding on your own personal Melbourne tram.
Acceleration and handling were just fine for getting to and from work - with this type of vehicle the limitation is distance travelled before a recharge. In the fortnight I had the car, I only needed to charge three times. This was done via a plug-in 15-amp socket and apparently takes about seven hours to fully charge from empty. I never needed anything like that time.
The car turned heads, especially pedestrians who didn't hear it coming. It's fairly spartan for the cost but the technology is new and evolving, so that's where the dollars go.
Ideally I'd have one for city use, and the "Whitegoods" for the country runs to see the in-laws and out-laws.
The grandkids thought it was "filth"... there could be no higher praise.
- FOOTNOTE by Wendy Cameron, AKA The War Office*
We wanted to call an ambulance but he wouldn’t hear of it and wanted to be driven home.
On the way down the Mitchell Freeway, things went from bad to worse so I decided to go straight to St John of God Murdoch Hospital, Murdoch.
I drove as fast as I could, maybe hoping to attract some attention from the constabulary, but alas no!
As always in my experience in any crisis there has to be the “Psycho Spaniel” in the back.
After checking Eoin was in good care at Emergency at Murdoch, I took the dog home, returned to hospital and didn’t even bother to check what the state of the batteries were.
Happilly all’s well that ends well... so husband, wife, dog and especially the iMIEV are completely recharged.