One stint behind the wheel demonstrates why the i-MiEV is the cheapest all-electric cars available. This half-step up from a golf cart is slow, clumsy, and stiff riding. With a barebones cabin, the i-MiEV is an elbow-rubbing transportation pod, subjecting snuggled occupants to constant noise. The as-tested 56-mile range brings new definition to range anxiety-and it takes six to seven hours to recharge on a 240-volt charger, and 21 hours on a household 110-volt plug. The i-MiEV hurts the electric car movement even more than $2-a-gallon gasoline. If you want to buy an electric vehicle to reduce national reliance on foreign oil, look at the Nissan Leaf or a plug-in hybrid.