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First i-MiEV joins the ACT Government fleet

By johnboy - 23 February 2012 68

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The Chief Minister is celebrating the arrival of the ACT Government’s first electric car:

“Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) has welcomed a new Mitsubishi i MiEV electric car into its fleet and demonstrates our commitment to working towards reducing the environmental impacts associated with conducting business through the use of sustainable transport,” the Chief Minister said.

“This includes reducing the number of vehicles in its fleet and replacing vehicles with fuel efficient, four cylinder and environmentally friendly models including hybrid vehicles.

The Mitsubishi i MiEV was selected following a short trial and replaces a conventional petrol driven pool car. It produces zero greenhouse gas emissions and travels up to 100 km between charges.

While the vehicle will use standard electricity, the trial will be used to determine how we can use 100 per cent renewable energy to power the fleet in the future.

Charge points are being installed within the Macarthur House car park where TAMS is located. These will provide convenient daytime recharging when the car is not in use. Overnight charging facilities are provided at the TAMS depot where the car is garaged to ensure it is ready for use each day.

More info on this car is on the Mitsubishi website.

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First i-MiEV joins the ACT Government fleet
Deref 8:15 pm 23 Feb 12

“The Mitsubishi i MiEV was selected following a short trial and replaces a conventional petrol driven pool car. It produces zero greenhouse gas emissions and travels up to 100 km between charges.

While the vehicle will use standard electricity, the trial will be used to determine how we can use 100 per cent renewable energy to power the fleet in the future.”

Is it just me, or is there a contradiction there somewhere?

farnarkler 8:00 pm 23 Feb 12

Buy diesels. Slow and shuddery but very fuel efficient and much cheaper than the Mitsubishi.

ThrowawayAccount 7:25 pm 23 Feb 12

100 KM range…so about half a days worth of good driving…before you need to charge it for 12 hours. Excellent. I predict that they will trial these (with great fanfare about our green sensibilities), then they will quietly disappear as the budgets tighten and the various agencies decide they can’t afford to drive a $50,000 i30. I seem to remember a very similar thing happenning with Toyota Prius’s a few years back..

gazket 7:21 pm 23 Feb 12

all these companies have had recalls on li-ion batteries due to short circuits causing fire. Dell, Sony, Apple, Lenovo/IBM, Panasonic, Toshiba, Hitachi, Fujitsu and Sharp.

A small engined Diesel or LPG powered car is more practical . Also the driving range will shorten to around 80 km in very hot and very cold weather which Canberra has extremes of both.

more Labour waste of money

Holepunch 4:40 pm 23 Feb 12

Yesterday I had a ‘To the Householder’ envelope in the mail box, open it up and it is a flyer regarding death cap mushrooms. Seriously, did it require an envelope? What a waste of $$ for no reason!

SnapperJack 4:32 pm 23 Feb 12

How much did the extension cord cost? 😉

johnboy 3:32 pm 23 Feb 12

dungfungus said :

TAMS must be really short of money because they apparently couldn’t afford the rego. I wonder if the rego plates for these toy cars will have a little symbol on them to denote they are electric (like the LPG cars have on their plates). And if you buy one for your home and the motor burns out will you be able to make a “fusion” claim under your house contents policy?
What a load of nonsense this “sustainability” is.

That would be a stock photo from mitsubishi.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 3:32 pm 23 Feb 12

Eventually they’ll be mainstream enough that price shouldn’t be too much of a problem. That said, given that you can buy a brand new small car with aircon, cd/mp3 player, airbags, ABS, traction control, power steering, power windows and a 5 year warranty that uses 6l/100km for about $14,000, it’s going to take some serious pirce reductions before electric cars are adopted by the masses…

dungfungus 3:22 pm 23 Feb 12

dtc said :

This would be the car that costs $49k and which the SMH Drive team reviewed as

“It may be advanced in the drivetrain stakes but the i-MiEV is at the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to its driving nous. Small, skinny tyres offer marginal grip in the dry that turns to poor in the wet. It’s not helped by the tall, skinny body that leans in bends, albeit not as much as expected because all the heavy bits (batteries and motors) are right down low. Bumps are also a bit of a problem for the i-MiEV. Suspension travel is minimal, so the descent from a large speed bump can reach its limits”

So very expensive, terrible to drive, potentially dangerous to drive (lack of handling and grip).

I get the whole electric car thing and I guess there is an argument that in buying one you are really funding the next generation of electric cars (so its just like a grant, except you get a car instead of nothing).

However.

Aw, but you get such a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that you are saving the planet.

dungfungus 3:20 pm 23 Feb 12

TAMS must be really short of money because they apparently couldn’t afford the rego. I wonder if the rego plates for these toy cars will have a little symbol on them to denote they are electric (like the LPG cars have on their plates). And if you buy one for your home and the motor burns out will you be able to make a “fusion” claim under your house contents policy?
What a load of nonsense this “sustainability” is.

dtc 3:14 pm 23 Feb 12

This would be the car that costs $49k and which the SMH Drive team reviewed as

“It may be advanced in the drivetrain stakes but the i-MiEV is at the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to its driving nous. Small, skinny tyres offer marginal grip in the dry that turns to poor in the wet. It’s not helped by the tall, skinny body that leans in bends, albeit not as much as expected because all the heavy bits (batteries and motors) are right down low. Bumps are also a bit of a problem for the i-MiEV. Suspension travel is minimal, so the descent from a large speed bump can reach its limits”

So very expensive, terrible to drive, potentially dangerous to drive (lack of handling and grip).

I get the whole electric car thing and I guess there is an argument that in buying one you are really funding the next generation of electric cars (so its just like a grant, except you get a car instead of nothing).

However.

chewy14 3:13 pm 23 Feb 12

I saw one of these plugged in to recharge the other day.

I had to fight the urge to unplug it. hard.

johnboy 2:59 pm 23 Feb 12

Here’s a pic of the ACT one.

Looks rather like the ACTION livery?

https://twitter.com/#!/tamsmediaroom/status/172530396150497281/photo/1

Solidarity 2:52 pm 23 Feb 12

Yep, and all the infrustructure etc all for something that could be done better for the same price by an LPG Falcon

Good work guys.

Caractacus Potts 2:43 pm 23 Feb 12

Cool, so the government has paid a $35000 premium for a car that will avoid $65 worth of carbon emissons each year.

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