Mitsubishi i-MiEV becomes NZ’s first electric car

Mitsubishi i-MiEV becomes NZ’s first electric car

Today marks a landmark day for Mitsubishi Motors NZ as it becomes the first automotive distributor to sell mass-produced electric cars in New Zealand.

“This is a proud day for our company,” said head of sales and marketing strategy Daniel Cook. “It is not often you have the opportunity to make a significant impact on history, but Mitsubishi Motors is now in the book for delivering the first mass-produced fully electric car to New Zealanders.

On sale from selected Mitsubishi dealers, the four-seat Mitsubishi i-MiEV has a range of up to 150 km per charge and is designed for urban commuters. A full recharge, from a standard 15 amp wall socket, takes approximately seven hours and costs around $5.

“While the i-MiEV primarily suits the urban commuter, it also represents a turning point in automotive history,” said Mr Cook. “It sets the foundation from which to launch the next-generation of electric-based hybrid vehicles, instead of the petrol and diesel-based hybrids we see today. The next decade in the automotive industry will be remarkable and Mitsubishi is the electric technology leader.”   

The i-MiEV will go on sale at approved Mitsubishi dealers for $59,990, this includes three years free servicing and installation of one 15 amp socket in the home garage for charging.

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