Mitsubishi welcomes first production i-MiEVs to Australia
15th March, 2010
Heralding a new milestone in Australia’s motoring future,
Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) has announced the arrival of two production i-MiEV electric vehicles
into the Port of Brisbane.
Queensland’s Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, the honourable Kate Jones, was on hand last week
to witness the arrival of the vehicles into Brisbane, and, along with customs, shipping and port authorities,
watched over their first official Australian inspection.
The new arrivals are the first full-production electric vehicles ever to set their treads on Australian roads
and are in the country for MMAL’s extensive pre-sale evaluation programme. Over the coming months the vehicles
will be tested in ‘real world’ situations by government fleets, private fleets and the media across the
MMAL’s president and CEO, Robert McEniry, was delighted to welcome the vehicles to Australian shores.
“The Mitsubishi i-MiEV has the ability to introduce a new era of environmentally sound motoring to
Australia. The arrival of these vehicles brings the possibility of having large numbers of zero drive-time
emission vehicles on our roads one step closer to reality.”
The i-MiEV, which stands for Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle, is a zero drive-time emission city
commuter. A perfect vehicle for commuting over common distances in a city landscape, the i-MiEV is able to reach
a top speed of 130 km/h and has a range of around 160 kilometres* from a single charge.
The vehicle is a rear-wheel drive car with three driving modes: Drive, Eco and Brake and takes approximately
seven hours for a full battery charge from a normal 15 amp domestic household power supply.
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV has been recognised internationally for its pioneering technology and its contribution
to environmental protection. The vehicle has been on sale in Japan since July 2009, and Mitsubishi Motors
Corporation (MMC) in Japan has signed memorandums of understanding with multiple countries, including the United
States, United Kingdom, New Zealand and several European countries.
* Range may vary depending on a number of factors including use of climate controls, driving style, road
conditions, number of passengers and the condition of the vehicle. Japan 10.15 Drive Cycle.