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A new age in personal transport coming to NZ

A new age in personal transport coming to NZ

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The i MiEV represents one of the biggest changes in personal transport since the conception of the motor vehicle

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Tuesday 16 September 2008

A new age in personal transport coming to NZ

New Zealand will be one of the first countries in the world to host the highly anticipated Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle (i MiEV) early next year.

Representatives from national and local government and interested organisations will be invited to drive the i MiEV, reinforcing to New Zealanders that a new age in transport technology is upon us.

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand will work closely with state owned energy generator Meridian Energy, who will assist in evaluating the vehicle for New Zealand conditions , including energy supply and infrastructure.

The i MiEV employs a highly energy efficient electric motor powered by recyclable lithium-ion batteries and produces no emissions, making it one of the most sustainable transportation options available for individuals.

“This is one of the biggest changes in personal transport since the conception of the motor vehicle,” said Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand managing director John Leighton. “Now there is a real alternative to the petroleum dependent internal combustion engine.

“New Zealand is globally renowned for protecting its environment. Meridian Energy has invested heavily in a renewable energy infrastructure to reduce our reliance on CO2-producing fossil fuels. The i MiEV aligns perfectly with Meridian Energy’s efforts and vision and their involvement in this launch phase will be invaluable,” said Mr Leighton.

Meridian Chief Executive Tim Lusk added “As NZ’s largest power provider of independently certified carbon neutral electricity, Meridian is committed to assisting New Zealanders with more sustainable energy fuel choices. We look forward to a long term relationship with Mitsubishi Motors.”

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