Over at the San Jose Mercury News they have an article about how PG&E and Southern California Edison will be testing an electric vehicle. The car is from Mitsubishi car company of Japan and is called a ‘i MiEV’ and is totally electric. The vehicle also boasts several different types of charging from standard 110v householf current to a 220v charging system as well. According to the article it states:

The four-passenger vehicle is smaller than a Toyota Scion xD or Honda Fit, but larger than Mercedes’ Smart car. The i MiEV – which stands for Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle – uses a 330-volt lithium-ion battery with several charging options. A 110-volt household plug would give it a full charge in 10 to 16 hours. A 220-volt outlet would reduce the charging time to six or seven hours, and a fast-charging system that the utilities will test could reduce that to 30 minutes.

Patterson said the vehicle can go about 75 miles on a charge. Mitsubishi wants to find out how well a car this small with a battery set-up designed for Japan will do on the roads of America. “We need to assess if our battery technology is ready for the United States,” Patterson said.

The vehicle goes on sale in Japan next summer, at around $25,000 to $30,000. Mitsubishi has not said whether it will sell the car in the United States, but if it does, it’s expected to cost more.

High gas prices and concerns about global warming have piqued interest in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. Patterson said automakers and utilities must work together to make those vehicles a success.

But what caught my eye was this statement:

Who better to test an electric car than an electric utility?

Well lets take a look at that statement. I am sure the electric companies are going to be totally fair in their evaluations. Just because the more electricity that is sold, the higher their profits would not influence their unbiased opinion. Why not give a few new Challengers with the big Hemi’s to see what the oil executives think?

Just my two cents. What is your opinion?

Comments welcome.