Mitsubishi powers ahead with new EV
JAPANESE manufacturer Mitsubishi has scored a first with the first electric vehicle (EV) from a mainstream manufacturer - its iMiEV - to be registered in Ireland.
The arrival of the Mitsubishi is proof positive that EV's are no longer the distant future but in fact the NOW of motoring – a further fourteen Mitsubishi i-MIEV's will arrive in Ireland this June.
The multi-award winning Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a genuine car, ensuring no compromise in cabin space, performance, functionality and safety.
It has a top speed of 130 km/h, a range of 160km and can be charged from flat to full in 6 hours at any standard three-pin socket – and it only costs €2 for a full charge!
The i-MiEV, on sale in Japan since July 2009, has been a sell-out success. The 1,400 units built in 2009 for the Japanese market were immediately snapped up and demand continues to grow worldwide.
The first I-MiEV in Ireland will be used for the analysis of driving and charging behaviour in advance of the establishment of a nationwide infrastructure of EV charging units.
The government has set a target that by 2020, 10 per cent of all vehicles on Irish roads will be electric.