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FORGET those endless Falcon vs Commodore comparisons; they’re just too passe.
Australia is about to see its first electric vehicle (EV) rivalry.
Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV city runabout will steal the honour of becoming the first EV on sale to the public.
A few examples already have been placed with fleets (including that of News Limited, publisher of Carsguide). A slightly up-specced version goes on general sale this year with an estimated sub-$50,000 pricetag.
While Nissan’s Leaf doesn’t go on sale for 12 months, the company can claim the big five-door is the first family EV on sale.
But dimensions – the Leaf is a metre longer than the i-MiEV – is only one respect in which Nissan says it will dwarf the Mitsubishi.
‘‘We’re talking hundreds of cars (sold) per month, not tens,’’ says Nissan Australia’s Leaf project manager Michael Hayes.
By the time the Leaf falls into Australian private buyers’ hands, the i-MiEV will have been on sale for nine months.
Hayes — who is touring the country demonstrating the Leaf to press, dealers and government — claims not to be bothered by the i-MiEV claiming first-over-the-line honours.
Predictably, perhaps, Hayes claims to see it as no rival. More unexpectedly, he says that