lizking808, thank you for your iPhone app wishlist. Yes, Don answered your question about us moderators not having any connection with Mitsubishi - sad, really, because this forum could be a great feedback vehicle for Mitsubishi.
I don't know how much you've been following the various threads on this forum, so perhaps a synopsis and a reiteration of some i—MiEV dashboard features might be in order.
Our i-MiEV has a higher-resolution charge-state display on our dashboard than the Nissan Leaf. We have 16 segments on the 'fuel' gauge (compared to the Leaf's 12), and usually refer to them as 'bars'. Even though some of us would prefer a SoC numeric, the i-MiEV's display is sufficient for virtually all practical needs. The Android CaniOn app does have a numeric SoC, and keeps those of us who like numbers happy.
The Range Remaining (RR) display on the i-MiEV uses a 15-mile rolling average algorithm for estimating the number of miles remaining on that charge. I normally keep this dashboard gauge set to RR all the time. I much prefer this algorithm to the one used in the Nissan Leaf's GOM (Guess-O-Meter). Once you recognize that it accurately reflects your last 15-mile driving experience, it proves to be a very reliable and useful range predictor, IMO.
L1 (120vac) 8A charging using Mitsubishi's EVSE (that's the portable charging station) recharges the car at a rate of 4 bars for every 5 hours of charge. If you have this EVSE upgraded to provide 12A, the recharge rate increases to about 6-7 bars for every 5 hours of charge
L2 (240vac) charging using maximum power available at just about any L2 EVSE recharges the car at a rate of 3 bars for every one hour of charge. Some public stations use one leg of a 3-phase circuit and thus their voltage is 208vac, and thus that recharge rate is a little less.
Quick Charge (CHAdeMO) replenishes the pack so quickly that you barely have time to take bathroom break and get a cup of coffee by the time it's done replenishing the pack to 80%.
Regarding the i-MiEV Remote - I keep mine in a designated spot by my kitchen, and never use it to enquire about the car's state of charge (SoC), but simply use it to time my overnight charge and to pre-heat the car on cold mornings. I KNOW exactly what the charge level of my car is at the time I plug it in as the fuel gauge display lights up when the car is plugged in and charging, prior to programming the Remote.
Some of us are overly obsessed about our batteries and, having purchased our cars, are intent on having the batteries last a long long time. The worst thing you can do for the i-MiEV's battery is to fully charge it and then let the car sit in the hot sun for an extended period of time. For this reason, many of us routinely only charge the car to about 13-14 bars, and only fully-charge just before taking off on a longer trip. Think about it - how often do you need to drive 70 miles on that one charge? That said, many people on this forum just plug the car in and fully charge it every night to make sure they have a 'full tank' in the morning.
The other bad thing for batteries is to run the battery pack fully down to below zero ('turtle') - if you ever have the misfortune of being in that region, then remember to be a featherfoot on the accelerator.
Now, lizking808, let me address each of the points on your iPhone app wishlist -
lizking808 wrote:-track my trips, calculate the rate at which I use energy, estimate how much energy a proposed trip would use
The dashboard RR display does an excellent job of this, converting 'energy' into usable miles. I have a small Garmin 165 GPS that shows the miles to destination in a large numeric, and which I use for my longer trips - bouncing this off the RR display gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. You wouldn't want to be looking at your iPhone for this information while you are driving, anyway.
lizking808 wrote:-find nearby charging stations (yup, I have that app, but the ideal app would do it all)
Many special-purpose apps already do this very well, and the ever-changing information would be very difficult to keep up with a catch-all app. My favorite EVSE locator apps are PlugShare and ChargePoint.
lizking808 wrote:-report the status of the battery SoC to a greater level of precision than the remote does
The dashboard display does this, and it would be nice to see when sitting in a restaurant and the car was charging. I never look at my Remote's three-segment gauge (besides, it stays at home most of the time). Not to squash this, but, for example, when using a public EVSE, I find that I'm able to very accurately predict the time that it's charged sufficiently for me to get home - which is all I care about.
lizking808 wrote:-provide enhanced charging info and also estimate time until full
I don't know what you mean by enhanced charging info, but estimating time until full is so easy using the above rates that I don't need a computer to tell me.
lizking808 wrote:- tell me when charging is complete or alert me if charging is interrupted
Two different needs. If you are trying to get every last watt-hour of energy into your i-MiEV (because you are readying for long trip) then I agree it would be nice to know the exact instant that the car is 'full'. In practice, you develop a knack for predicting this quite easily.
The alert for charging interruption is a very valid need, although I can't recall my charging ever being interrupted at a public EVSE. Around here, ChargePoint is very prevalent and their app sends out an alert if the car is disconnected, and you can always interrogate your car's charging status using their app.
lizking808 wrote:-replace all the remote functions - turn on/off charging, set charging timer, turn on a/c or heater.
Yep, that would be a nicety. In my case, since I mostly use these functions at home, the small Remote does all this quite well, thank you.
lizking808, I hope the above provided you with a little food for thought. I ask you to view the i-MiEV as a straightforward very practical low-cost vehicle that will hopefully satisfy well over 90% of your own driving needs, and I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.Edited once 11/3 0030hrs