The silver Mitsubishi i-MiEV shown above is the first i-MiEV I have seen in Springfield Illinois. I’ve seen two other electric car models in town – several Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volts. Until tonight I hadn’t seen any i-MiEV. Interesting thing is – I ended up seeing two Mitsubishi i-MiEV in one night.
I changed my mind on wanting ice cream – decided on frozen yogurt instead. So we changed our direction of travel slightly. As we passed Washington Park I just happened to look out my window at the right time. I saw what I was sure was the back-end of a Mitsubishi i-MiEV. As the video shows I was right.
Didn’t see or talk to the owner. It might have been a guy who looked to be walking up to the car as we passed the park. The Illinois electric car license plate 518 EL makes it a later purchase. So far I have also recorded 226 EL, 228 EL, 229 EL and 531 EL. EV plates in Illinois might have reached the 1000 mark or past. Keep in mind many electric car owners choose specialized or normal plates. I think most would choose an EL plate over a normal one now do to cost and wanting to show they are driving electric. Early adopters in Illinois didn’t have the choice of an electric car specific license plate.
The electric cars I am still looking for locally would be a Ford Focus EV and Tesla Model S. Rumor has it there may be a couple of Model S owners in Springfield Illinois. I have yet to see any driving around town. I haven’t seen a Ford Focus electric anywhere.
CHAdeMO is the trade name of a quick charging method for battery electric vehicles