10 Feb 2009

Wellington launch for electric car being trialled

3:12 pm on 10 February 2009

A trial of the first mass-produced, new-generation electric vehicle to be available in New Zealand was launched in Wellington on Tuesday.

The Mitsubishi iMiEV is a four-door hatchback with a maximum speed of 130 km/h and a driving range of up to 160 kilometres.

It is a joint venture between Mitsubishi and Meridian Energy - the first time an automotive company and an electricity company have joined forces in New Zealand in this way.

Mitsubishi New Zealand says fuel costs of its new car are a third of the price of a petrol vehicle.

The trial runs until late March and will involve demonstrations around the country.