Car pow­ers up coun­cil

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One of Mit­subishi Mo­tors’ al­l­elec­tric i- MiEV ve­hi­cles has been added to the Porirua City Coun­cil fleet.

The elec­tric car – the first owned by the coun­cil – was de­liv­ered on July 3, with mayor Nick Leggett giv­ing it a test drive.

The i- MiEV is a four- door hatch­back with a driv­ing range of up to 150km. It needs to be plugged into a 15-amp socket to charge overnight.

‘‘Mit­subishi have a long his­tory with Porirua and its peo­ple, with its ve­hi­cle assem­bly plant op­er­at­ing here for more than 25 years,’’ Mr Leggett said.

‘‘It’s great to be able to con- tinue that tra­di­tion while also look­ing to pro­vid­ing sus­tain­able ways of work­ing that will ben­e­fit our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

‘‘Elec­tric ve­hi­cles will play a sig­nif­i­cant part in re­duc­ing green­house emis­sions.’’

Feed­back from elec­tric cars tri­alled in Welling­ton City over the past year in­di­cated they were ideal for ur­ban commuting and ‘‘around town’’ mo­tor­ing, he said.

Mr Leggett said the i-MiEV would join a pool of cars used by staff for work around the city.

Daniel Cook, the Mit­subishi Mo­tors New Zealand head of sales and mar­ket­ing strat­egy, said the i-MiEV was the first mass-pro­duced elec­tric ve­hi­cle to be made avail­able to Ki­wis, and the com­pany was ex­cited to de­liver an en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious tech­nol­ogy.

All elec­tric, the i-MiEV emits no harm­ful CO and its run­ning costs are low.

A full overnight recharge costs about $5 and, de­pend­ing on con­di­tions, this can power the i-MiEV for up to 150km, said Mr Cook.

If caught short in the city, Welling­ton elec­tric car driv­ers now have in­ner-city recharg­ing op­tions. At its Har­bour City Z ser­vice sta­tion, Green­stone En­ergy has in­stalled a free 15-amp charg­ing post.

Photo: MARK TANTRUM

Play­ing with power: Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett pre­pares to put the i-MiEV through its paces, with Mit­subishi Mo­tors cor­po­ra­tion’s ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent Hi­izu Ichikawa.

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