From: Bill Roth, Triple Pundit, More from this Affiliate
Published September 13, 2011 04:26 PM

Test Drive: Mitsubishi i Electric Car and Chevy Volt

Electric cars are coming to dealers near you. The question is, should you buy one? After testing driving the Mitsubishi i Electric Car and the Chevy Volt the encouraging answer is yes. These cars will provide us with energy independence at a lower cost than gasoline, and they are fun to drive to boot. I chose these two electric cars to drive because the Mitsubishi i Electric Car is a low price entry level model for electric cars while the Volt is a higher end model, having won the 2011 Motor Trend’s Car of the Year. Both offer strong competition to their gasoline fueled competitors.


The Chevy Volt is very cool. It looks modern and fast. And it is. I handed it over to a couple of friends who are long term members of the Porsche Club of America. They drove it hard and came away impressed. The car stacked up as a reasonable daily driver for a Porche aficionado.

Plus, this Volt draws favorable attention. I parked it at an upscale restaurant with a parking lot filled with BMWs and Mercedes. The car immediately drew a crowd. What was really fun was to see a $200,000+ Bentley convertible drive by without notice from the enthralled Volt crowd!

At a sticker price of approximately $40K before $7,500 of Federal Tax Credits the Chevy Volt is a very price competitive and cooler alternative to the Mercedes C class or BMW 328. The Volt is not a Prius using electrons. This is a fun to drive car that can go 350 miles before needing a recharge and fill-up that also has as much style as upscale German automobiles.

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