NZ's first publicly available EV

On Monday 25 July Mitsubishi Motors NZ will make history as the first automotive distributor to sell mass-produced electric cars to the New Zealand public.

"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, who, on average, travel 32 km / day. A full recharge, from a standard 15 amp wall socket, takes approximately seven hours and costs about $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 be on sale at approved Mitsubishi dealers for $59,990, including three years free servicing and installation of one 15 amp socket in the home garage for charging.

"Free servicing and low running costs, represent an affordable way to drive New Zealand's most environmentally friendly vehicle - and it's available now," said Mr Cook.

i-MiEV authorised Mitsubishi Motors dealers:

Auckland Motors - Auckland, Manakau
Andrew Simms Mitsubishi - Auckland, Newmarket
Simon Lucas Mitsubishi - Auckland, Northshore
Ingham Mitsubishi - Hamilton
Armstrong Mitsubishi - Wellington
Donnithorne Simms - Christchurch