Apr 8, 2009

Australia leads the world; all electric car gets the thumbs up

Australia leads the world; all electric car gets the thumbs up

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 8 2009

Australia has become one of the first countries in the world to give a factory built, all electric vehicle approval to drive on city streets.

Today I can announce that the Mitsubishi i MiEV – a plug-in electric car – has met all the applicable Australian Design Rules; has been certified by the Australian Government; and can now be registered for use on the nation’s roads.

To mark this significant milestone, today I had the pleasure of taking the first vehicle available in Australia for a drive on the streets of Melbourne. This test drive comes just three months after I had the opportunity to inspect the vehicle at Mitsubishi’s Tokyo headquarters.

The Mitsubishi i MiEV’s represents a revolution in car design, bringing us a major step closer to ‘emissions free’ driving. The vehicle’s 47kW motor uses no petrol, and as a result produces no emissions while on the road.

At present, the transport sector contributes 14 per cent of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

The Mitsubishi i MiEV uses a bank of lithium ion batteries which can be charged from a normal household 240V power supply in little more than seven hours.

Fully charged, the vehicle has a range of up to 160 kilometres. Given that 85 per cent of Australians drive less than 100 kilometres a day, this vehicle would suit the lifestyles of most in our community.

The four-seater, rear wheel drive i MiEV is speed limited to a top speed of 130Km/h and has three ‘speeds’: Drive, Eco and Brake.

The vehicle is expected to go into volume production in Japan in June.