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Australia: Electric Mitsubishi trial rolls into Cardinia

An electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV is being trialed at Cardinia Shire Council as part of the Victorian Government’s Electric Vehicle Trial.

Aiming to reduce urban air pollution, oil dependency and greenhouse gas emissions, the council is trialing the vehicle to reduce its fleet’s environmental impacts.

The state government’s Electric Vehicle Trial consists of various councils which are members of the South Eastern Council’s Climate Change Alliance.

Cardinia Shire Council environment officer, Brett Munckton said the Victorian Government has organised all the procurement of the vehicles, while all the trial participants are under a lease agreement in that with the Department of Transport.

“We’ve got a lot of information from Mitsubishi through the Department of Transport,” Mr Munckton said.

He said the use of the vehicle has not created any issues for the council because the maximum range is known, most staff do not exceed that travel distance and if a longer trip is needed, another vehicle is booked.

“It’s about knowing what the vehicles suitable for,” Mr Munckton said.

Cardinia Shire Council fleet manager, Peter Butcher said the trial’s feedback would be used to assess future opportunities for EV use in the council.


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