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Mitsubishi i-MiEV rated in Wellington trial

posted Mar 10, 2012, 10:30 PM by ema-1 ema-1
"A survey of around 100 people who have been taking part in the trial of Mitsubishi i-MiEV vehicles in the capital found those who drove them were pleasantly surprised at their power, how far they travelled before needing to be charged – and that they would willingly drive one again given the choice.

The research was commissioned by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, a government agency, and carried out by Synovate, a market research company.

Eight Mitsubishi i-MiEV all-electric vehicles were leased in Wellington as part of a two-year trial run by Wellington City Council. Trial participants included the Council, New Zealand Post, The Wellington Company and Meridian Energy. The trial started in September 2010 with five vehicles, with three more arriving in December 2010.

Overall, the feedback from employees who used the vehicles, including 37 from the Council, was positive. The research found:

• The experience of driving the EV was given an average score of 8.5 out of 10
• More than 60 percent of those who drove the car would prefer to drive an EV again if given a choice.
• More than 50 percent of those who drove the car agreed their opinion of EVs has “gone way up”.
• Pre-trial concerns about the quietness of the car, lack of range and not being powerful enough were unfounded"

Press release: http://business.scoop.co.nz/2012/03/10/electric-vehicles-power-ahead-in-approval-stakes/

Additional: http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/electric-vehicles-power-ahead-approval-stakes/5/117238

Wellington and Taupo district councils join APEV: http://www.voxy.co.nz/lifestyle/councils-choose-electric-vehicles/5/115470

Rotorua Taxi service gets first hybrid vehicle: http://www.rotoruadailypost.co.nz/news/hybrid-vehicle-means-big-savings/1282255/


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