Electric vehicle joins Venture fleet
An electric car has joined Venture Southland's vehicle fleet for the next two months.
Venture Southland enterprise and strategic projects group manager Steve Canny said the organisation would use the 2011 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which it received on Tuesday, as a company fleet vehicle for two months to trial the use and potential of electric cars as part of its fleet.
Venture Southland were working with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority and Mitsubishi Motors as part of an energy strategy aimed at demonstrating that electric vehicles were a positive alternative to internal-combustion engine vehicles.
It was about how to reduce business input costs, he said.
Venture Southland would use the vehicle for its day-to-day travel as its fifth fleet vehicle.
When Venture Southland returns the demonstration vehicle on November 16, it would look seriously at purchasing one, Mr Canny said.
Service technician for Mitsubishi in Invercargill, Brent Youngman said the car, made in Japan, had a top speed of 130kmh.
It took between six and eight hours to charge the battery and would run for 160km before needing to be charged again, Mr Youngman said.
To charge it, the vehicle could be plugged into a normal household wall socket.
The battery had a 10-year warranty.
The car will be on display at various events in Southland throughout October and November.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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