Mitsubishi i-MiEV & VW e-Crafter Banana Box Test: Video

FEB 19 2019 BY MARK KANE 4

Banana enthusiasts will probably opt more for the e-Crafter

Mitsubishi i-MiEV is one of the smallest and oldest all-electric cars, which was introduced in Japan 10 years ago. The Volkswagen e-Crafter, on the other hand, is one of the newest all-electric vans, which happens to be one of the biggest.

Recently, both vehicles were tested by Bjørn Nyland, including the banana box test. The i-MiEV’s 16 kWh battery (about 14.5 kWh available) enables it to go about 82 km (51 miles) in winter conditions, at an average energy consumption of (176 Wh/km (283 Wh/mile).

Despite the Japanese EV being quite small (kei-car class), the boxy shape helps it to get three banana boxes in the trunk and up to 16 after folding seats, which is better than some bigger cars (check the full list below).

In the case of the Volkswagen e-Crafter, the cargo capacity is huge, over three times the second best EV ever tested by Bjorn. Bjorn fit 156 banana boxes, and honestly, there were potential to fit some more if he tried a bit harder.

Results (trunk / with folded seats):

VW e-Crafter: 156/156

Nissan e-NV200: 50/50

Model X 5 seater: 10+1/28

Model S pre-facelift: 8+2/24

Model X 6 seater: 9+1/23

Audi e-tron: 8/23

Kia e-Niro: 8/22

Model S facelift: 8/22

Nissan Leaf 2018: 7/21

Kia Soul EV: 6/21

Jaguar I-pace: 6/20

Hyundai Ioniq: 6/18

Nissan Leaf 2013: 5/18

Opel Ampera-e: 5/17

VW e-Golf: 5/16

Hyundai Kona: 5/16

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: 3/16

VW e-up: 4/14

BMW i3: 4/14

Fiat 500e: 1/8

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4 Comments on "Mitsubishi i-MiEV & VW e-Crafter Banana Box Test: Video"

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Crafter is no car. İt is a small bus.

They no longer sell the Mitz i-MiEV, right?

The European sales reports still regularly show the PSA rebadged versions (C-Zero & iOn) for several European countries, so it looks like the original contract where PSA was to buy 100K of them is still in force (it was never clear whether PSA had to buy 100K, or Mitsu had to supply 100K (-;…)
As for Mitsu-badged versions, the occasional one is still seen in sales reports, so looks like there’s still tiny unsold stock in some countries.

… and the US version of the i-MiEV is around 5″ wider, which should be good for at least another couple of banana boxes. Unmentioned is the completely flat floor when the rear seats are down, which, in practice, is a VERY different (and more usable) experience than the slightly-sloped floors of almost all other hatchbacks.