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A Different Kind of Microbus Mia Electric

While the world for an official Microbus decision Volkswagen. a new player has swept in and some of its thunder. In VW terms, was but a nickname for Type 2 (T1 and T2). It t an official model name.

at Mia Electric, on the other hand, is an official model name.

Not did France-based Mia Electric borrow VW s it borrowed some of its talent. The Microbus was designed by Murat former VW head of design. The reinvents a quirky van for modern by making it smaller, lighter and far efficient than ever.

to the company, the standard Microbus just 1,650 lbs. and the version adds about 20

The Microbus is offered in three the standard, small-wheelbase version, a L model and the box van. While is a different size, they all the same funky shape.

model is powered by a rear-mounted 18 kW motor fed by a 12 kWh battery pack. The promise up to 80 miles of range per and 68 mph of speed. They were with European cities in and, as such, they ll be to take on the classic VW Microbus s of road tripping and camping.

The short-wheelbase model has three and the L has four. The box van comes with space in place of a rear though I have trouble a lot of people using a tiny as a work hauler. The driver is planted directly in the center of the car in creating 1 +2 and 1 + 3 configurations.

The Mia will its U.K. debut at the EcoVelocity show next month.

of U.K. sales Richard said in a statement: The mia has been with cities like firmly in mind and we consider the UK as a market for us (alongside France and We ve been overwhelmed by the response we ve since we launched in Geneva and now 3000 confirmed orders.

Mia production in June and plans to 4,000 cars this with plans to get it rolling to by the end of next year. The models go on sale in the U.K. during the quarter of next year for a of £22,000 ($36,000), after incentives. Its urban-centric slant and steep price seem to it an unlikely candidate for U.S.

PRESS RELEASE

MIA ELECTRIC TO UK DEBUT AT ECOVELOCITY 2011

August 23, 2011 — A new vehicle brand, mia electric, is set to hit UK next month when it three variants of its innovative at this year s EcoVelocity show (8th — September).


Having been one of the at last year s Geneva Show, this will be the time these cars been seen in the UK and the first for the general public to get behind the and experience mia s zero-emission urban for themselves.

Head of UK sales at Richard Deslandes, said We re to be debuting our cars in the UK. To be launching our approach to 100% electric mobility in the shadow of the iconic stacks of Battersea Power in their day one of the largest producers of CO2 in the seems very fitting.

The mia has been designed with like London firmly in and we consider the UK as a priority market for us France and Germany). We ve been by the response we ve received since we in Geneva and now have 3000 orders. Production started in and we will be producing 4000 this year to meet initial demand.

We hope to up production at our factory in Cerizay, to a total capacity of about by the end of 2012.

Designed with UK in mind

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The cars, which go on in the UK in the first quarter of 2012, designed by the former head of at Volkswagen, Murat Günak, and in three configurations — the short wheelbase model and two models, the mia L and the mia box van.

Thanks to its light-weight design the standard model weighs 750kg (extended models 759kg) giving it extremely power consumption and low running (approx £1.30 per 100 kms).

All vehicles are powered by an 18kW motor at the rear of the car that a top speed of 68 mph (110km/h). A 120 to 130km is available from the 12 kWh battery that comes as standard and the iron phosphate batteries can be charged in five hours. technically sound battery is exceptionally safe and helps range anxiety by allowing no effect charging.

This the battery can be charged for short periods with absolutely no effect to the life of the battery. a ten minute charge will an extra 6km of range).

The standard wheelbase mia has three seats in while the extended mia L has four. of three back seats, as in the mia L, the mia box van a cargo capacity of 1,500

The most conspicuous feature of all variants of the mia is the central driving which allows the driver to get in and out of the car on sides. This seat provides the driver with a view of the city traffic and the at the back with plenty of It also gives the cabin a office-style layout that a display with space to a tablet computer and iPod.

When discussing the philosophy the car, Murat Günak, As a father of four I wanted to a new, sustainable path environmentally-friendly mobility of the future. We with a blank piece of and asked ourselves the same over and over again: does a customer really to be mobile in the city? Our conclusion was a microbus that s well and single-mindedly focused on urban

David Wilkie, the former director at Italian styling Bertone and now design partner at said Working on the mia project was reinventing the car itself. It hasn t designed to look swoopy and it s designed to be practical and likeable. A lot of are derivatives of mainstream cars but is all new and perfect for big cities.

It will undoubtedly become and maybe even illegal, to petrol cars in downtown areas, so electric city like the mia have enormous

The purchase price of the cars at (after the Government s £5,000 subsidy) and all variants will be from the congestion charge in The car and batteries come with year warranties, with the to purchase up to five years.

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