Mitsubishi has scored the distinction of being the first manufacturer to import a production all-electric vehicle into Australia. It has announced today that it will launch 40 i-MiEV cars here in July and August.
The vehicles will be offered to customers under a lease agreement only, with the Federal Government expected to be among the company's customers.
“The i-MiEV has been attracting a lot of attention in Australia, and I am pleased to announce that we can now confirm additional vehicles will be arriving here in the next few months,” Mitsubishi's global president, Osamu Masuko said in a press conference here in Australia this week.
“This announcement will ensure that we will be number one in bringing the electric vehicle to Australia.”
The i-MiEV has been on sale in Japan since July 2009, while other evaluation trials are set to occur in the USA, UK, New Zealand and Europe.
Powered by a 47kW/180Nm electric motor and fed power by a 330-volt lithium-ion battery pack, the i-MiEV can travel up to 160km on a single charge.
With a top speed of 130km/h, its performance isn’t exactly anemic either.
Best of all, for the environmentally-conscious, the i-MIEV produces 70 percent less CO2 emissions than its petrol-powered peers.
Mitsubishi initially built just 2000 i-MiEV cars in 2009, growing by another 5000 this year. By 2015, Mitsubishi expects to be producing 30,000 units each year.