First deliveries of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV start on January 1st 2011. Mitsubishi’s zero emission plug -in electric vehicle will be the first beneficiary of the £5000 Governments subsidy for ultra-low carbon cars.
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the first proper performance four seater electric car from a major manufacturer. The i-MiEV can not only carry four adults but there is room for approximately 246 litres of luggage. The battery pack which makes the car heavier than its conventional petrol version sits under the floor and the electric motor occupies the space near the rear wheels. Recharging of the battery takes seven hours via a conventional plug or up to eighty percent in twenty minutes via a unit that Mitsubishi will lease with the car.
Mitsubishi says a hundred miles will cost 45p of electricity and there is zero road tax and no congestion charges.