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Mitsubishi iMIEV completes trials ahead of UK launch

Mitsubishi’s iMIEV electric vehicle has finished its road trials ready for its launch into the UK marketplace in January.

During the trials, the 93 mile range i-MiEV showed its capabilities of 81mph and the car was put through its paces by automotive expert and TV presenter Quentin Wilson.

He said: “The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a forerunner of a transport revolution that eventually will change the world. At last here’s an electric car that doesn’t look like a church pew, seats four, does 80mph and costs less than a quid to charge. What is there not to love?”

The vehicle is on sale now and priced at £23,990 for orders placed for delivery from January 2011, coinciding with the UK Government’s consumer incentive, the Plugged In Car Grant of £5,000.

Mitsubishi has recently announced contract hire pricing and personal payment plans starting from £399 per month.

Additional incentives include:
• Fuel cost only £270 for 12,000 miles driving (£2.09 per full charge based on an average of £0.10 per kWh)
• If using an Economy 7 tariff, this cost could be as little as £135 for 12,000 miles driving (£1.05 per full charge based on an average of £0.05 per kWh)
• Low servicing costs and downtime – only approximately 4 working parts compared to over 300 in a typical internal combustion engine
• Exempt from road tax
• First year capital allowances for fleet vehicles
• Zero benefit-in-kind company car tax
• Exempt from London Congestion Charge
• Free parking in some London boroughs and cities such as Milton Keynes
• High residual values at 38% after three years and 30,000 miles
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