Mitsubishi is charging ahead with the i-Miev
MUCH of the attention last week was on the MINI E electric car (Irish Independent, March 25) but Mitsubishi is making its own advances.
Last week, it brought in its i-MiEV (pictured right), claiming it as the first electric vehicle from a mainstream manufacturer to be registered here.
A further 14 are due in June.
This has as much cabin space as a normal city car. It has a top speed of 130kmh, a range of 160km and, most importantly, can be fully charged in six hours at any standard three-pin socket. A full charge costs just €2.
It has been on sale in Japan since July and all 1,400 built for last year have sold out.
The one that just arrived here will be used to gain an understanding of drivers' needs in advance of the development of a nationwide network of charging units.