The end of the Plug and Play MIMA, and MIMA2
MIMA introduction
MIMA Operation
MIMA Users Page
Installing MIMA with The Plug and Play harness
Why two Joysticks
How do I calibrate the system when I install V1.5 ?
What Is MIMA ?
Can MIMA work on Civic and Accord Hybrids ?
Is it difficult to install ?
Will installing MIMA void my Warranty ?
Can MIMA hurt the car ?
Will MIMA distract me while driving ?
How do I use MIMA to improve my MPG ?
Can I disconnect MIMA ?
Can the Insight operate without the IMA system ?
My car has recalibrations, will MIMA make it worse ?
Can MIMA work with the CVT Insights
Installing MIMA with the pin replacement harness
The MIMA Joystick
The MIMA Display
The FAS system
Cable impedance problem with last MIMA systems.
Learning to drive with MIMA
Hardwired Harness
Theory of Operation

How do I use MIMA to improve my MPG ?

How do I use MIMA to improve my MPG ?
The old saying "you don't get anything for free" applies to MPG, and to MIMA. The 6.5Ah battery, that is de-rated to about 4 AH for longevity reasons, is only capable of providing full 100A assist for a little over 2 minutes before being depleted, then you must charge it back up, which even at the maximum 50A rate, will take 5-6 minutes, because of thermal and charging losses. If you use the charge carefully, you may be able to drive indefinitely and never deplete the charge at all.
MIMA can use the full assist to climb many hills at 100MPG, which sounds great, but the dark side is that while you are charging back up, your MPG will suffer because charging presents a load on the engine, unless you charge slowly on level ground, or more aggressively going down hill or coming to a stop. The trick with MIMA, is to only use as much assist as necessary to improve on the hill climbing MPG, and then to carefully put the charge back when it will have the least impact on MPG. If your driving is on the flatlands, MIMA may offer only limited improvement in MPG, but if you drive on rolling hills, in the mountains, and other less flat conditions, MIMA with a driving technique that uses the new level of control carefully will improve your mileage.
The best way to get a feeling for the benefits of MIMA will be to read about the other peoples experiences with MIMA on the MIMA users thread at Insight Central or on this site on the users comments page.

We are currently looking at adding a grid chargable booster battery, that will charge the stock pack while running, without the need to rob power from the gas engine. This will allow more aggressive assist, with the resultant improvement in MPG, but will not depend as heavily on retrieving the charge from the gas engine. The results should be impressive.