First Irish registered electric car charges in

Pictured arriving at Dublin Port this week was a Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the first electric vehicle (EV ) from a mainstream manufacturer to be registered in Ireland and proof positive that EVs are no longer in the distant future. And a further 14 Mitsubishi i-MIEVs will arrive in Ireland this June.

The multi award winning Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a genuine small car, that ensures no compromise in cabin space, performance, functionality, and safety.

It has a top speed of 130 k ph (80 mph ), a range of 160km and can be charged from flat to full in six hours at any standard three-pin socket. And Mitsubishi say that it only costs €2 for a full charge!

The i-MiEV has been on sale in Japan since July 2009, and has been a sell-out success. The 1,400 units built in 2009 for the Japanese market were immediately snapped up and Mitsubishi say that demand continues to grow worldwide.

The pictured i-MiEV will be used for the analysis of driving and charging behaviour in advance of the establishment of a nationwide infrastructure of EV charging units. The Irish Government has set a target that by 2020, 10 per cent of all vehicles on Irish roads will be electric.

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