Mitsubishi’s electric car coming to New Zealand

AutoTrader NZ
Published 3 September 2020

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.

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand will work with 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.

“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 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.”