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Mitsubishi fulfils electric

ZERO-EMISSIONS motoring in a proper car by a major car manufacturer will a reality in the UK for the first time autumn.

The Mitsubishi i-MIEV

when Mitsubishi launches its new four-seater city car called the

Yes, you can buy the Reva G-Wiz, but its design, no frills interior, range, poor performance and safety reputation is nowhere the quality of conventionally engined from mainstream carmakers.

Smart and Mini have two-seaters on trial — but is years away.

By contrast the (for ‘Mitsubishi innovative Vehicle’) offers zero-exhaust motoring in the same award-winning as its tiny 0.6-litre petrol-engined micro-car.

Even factoring in the of its manufacture and disposal Mitsubishi the i-MIEV offers a CO2 figure 75 per cent less than an size petrol-powered vehicle.

The looks exactly the same as the car

The car keeps the same great as the i, being shorter than a Panda and narrower than the fortwo but, remarkably, to accommodate four six-foot plus 246 litres of luggage (almost 100 litres more a Mini).

Externally, the only is a socket under the fuel instead of a conventional pipe.

there is a different driver dominated by a single central to show whether the car is charging up or power, plus digital of speed, selected gear and levels to replace conventional dials showing revs, per hour and the fuel gauge.

A pack of lithium-ion batteries same type as used in laptops and mobile phones) under the floor instead of a tank and stretches most of the way behind the front wheels to the wheels.

An electric motor the space near the rear where the conventional version’s engine would otherwise

This electric motor 47kW, which equates to 63bhp making it 6bhp powerful than the 57bhp petrol unit, although it is capable of 0 to 60mph in a reasonable 13 and has an 87mph top speed.

Getting is easy. Push and turn a on the steering column where an key would normally be, wait a for the ‘Ready’ sign to come up in the display, then put the automatic selector into ‘D’ for and glide off in near silence.

The accelerates briskly, can keep up on carriageways and is also fine up hills — the bane of electric vehicles. It’s simple to park due to its small high-visibility large windows, steering and tiny turning

It even coasts well, other trial electric that can experience a jolting cut feeling when you take the off the accelerator.

The extra weight of the batteries (at 200kg) placed so low down in the car improves its stability through compared to the petrolengined version

Most driving is fine the automatic transmission lever set to D for but you can also select B for higher recharging, useful on a long stretches, or Eco that cuts the available for less energy-intensive city driving.

Despite these gear options and relatively normally over a route on UK roads of no more 25 miles, the car’s charge showed only a third by the time of arrival.

It was a cold day (notoriously harmful to battery but such a quick depletion suggest Mitsubishi’s 100-mile range will be hard to

To get back to a full charge a cord that comes the car needs to be plugged into the exterior socket at one end and into a three-pin plug socket at the

This takes seven but quicker recharges of 80 per cent in 20 are possible using a special system from a unit the of a coffee vending machine Mitsubishi intends to lease the car.

The battery should with a ten-year, circa warranty and the motor should longer service intervals due to experiencing lower wear and generally than combustion — and nationwide dealer for the simple service routine.

though some of the I-MIEV’s are for a fully electric car, the sticking point for most customers will be the car’s

The petrol-engined i-Car costs £9000, but the i-MIEV’s expensive push its price up to a notional — notional because expects to lease all of the initial UK allocation for this year at £750 per month.

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Target will be high-profile organisations The Metropolitan Police and the British Authority — who have made positive noises taking them onto fleets — plus early-adopting individuals whose to be green outstrips any cost

Indeed Mitsubishi says two of its dealers have already orders for them, regardless of

On the plus side, running will be tiny, with the firm estimating that 100 will cost just 45 worth of electricity.

Zero road fund licence, residents’ parking in certain and numerous other CO2-related tax will further soften the

The list price will down quickly as Mitsubishi up production too. In a few years’ it hopes to offer the same car for

That’s still not cheap for a car and makes it unfeasible for most for some years, but those do early adopt will be an important test bed for a market is predicted to expand to one in five of all sold in Europe by 2020.

By then most mainstream will offer a full-electric in the UK market, but Mitsubishi may be remembered as the



ON SALE: Autumn

PRICE RANGE: £35,000 / £750 per month

ENGINE: electric motor, 63bhp

0 to 60mph in 13.0 seconds, top speed

AVERAGE FUEL Up to 100 miles on one 45p charge

Mitsubishi Electric Cars
Mitsubishi Electric Cars
Mitsubishi Electric Cars


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