Electric Car Trial

5 October 2010

Wellington is to become the first New Zealand city to trial electric cars with the introduction of a fleet of five battery-powered vehicles.

Council electric cars.

Council electric cars.

We are working with Meridian Energy, Mitsubishi Motors, New Zealand Post Group and The Wellington Company to trial Mitsubishi iMiEVs in Wellington for the next two years. By the end of the year eight iMiEVs will be powering around the streets of the Capital.

The four-seater, battery-powered iMiEV has a range of up to 155km and zero drive-time emissions. This is all achieved on a seven-and-a-half-hour charge from a 15-amp socket in the home.

It is hoped the trial will demonstrate that electric cars are viable in Wellington and help identify any barriers to their widespread adoption, such as the need for charging stations.