Car powers up council
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.
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.