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Mitusbishi MiEV starts UK Trials

Sat, 12 Dec 2009

The Mitsubishi MiEV starts public trials in the West Midlands today

There seems to be a perception that we at Cars UK Towers are anti electric cars. We’re not. What we’re against is the mad pseudo-science that tries to declare electric cars as zero emission and the saviour of the planet. But as a means of clean (at the point of use), cheap (until Governments slap huge taxes on electricity for vehicles) and space-saving transport in congested urban environments we have no argument against them.

Ignoring the infrastructure problems for re-charging cars in a city (less than 15% of car owners in London have garage parking where they can recharge their EVs) and the already precarious state of supply to our National Grid, it is still good to see Mitsubishi launching a 12 month trial of the MiEV in the West Midlands.

Getting city dwellers in to something as practical as a Mitsubishi MiEV for running around locally will be a good move for all the reasons we’ve mentioned, and the MiEV is a well thought out car with reasonable accommodation and an acceptable (for an urban environment) range of around 80 miles.

The MiEV trial will be of 25 cars dished out by CABLED (Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Vehicle Demonstrators) consortium in Birmingham, and be used by members of the public including Quentin Wilson.

An interesting trial and a sensible one. Although we still have our doubts about fitting four coppers and their kit in an MiEV.

By Cars UK