Porirua City Council takes delivery of its first electric car July 3, 2012

This morning I witnessed the handover of the first electric car for the City of Porirua. Mayor Nick Leggett took delivery in the continuation of the city’s 40 year relationship with Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand (MMNZ). Mitsubishi Motors’ Japan-based executive vice president Hiizu Ichikawa handed over the keys of the new i-MiEV. This happened at Mitsubishi Motors Head Office, Heriot Drive, Porirua. Mitsubishi’s office is adjacent to the former vehicle assembly plant, where 311,076 cars, utes, vans and trucks were built up until its closure in 1998.

Porirua City Mayor Nick Leggett drives away while Mitsubishi Motors' Japan-based executive vice president Hiizu Ichikawa claps and celebrates the delivery of the cities first electric car, the i-MiEV at Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand (MMNZ) headquarters in Porirua. Tuesday July 3, 2012. Photo by Mark Tantrum | www.marktantrum.com

According to Mitsubishi representatives and also the Mayor, the car is very peppy off the mark. Although I did not get to have a drive myself, I am certainly very keen to try out the new technology. I can’t help but think that in the near future we will be looking back at fossil fuel powered cars with the same nostalgia that most do with film based cameras today. Future generations will think it quite odd that we had fires inside of our cars to make them go.

 

The Porirua City Council i-MiEV at Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand (MMNZ) headquarters in Porirua. Tuesday July 3, 2012.

 

Porirua City Mayor Nick Leggett speaks with Mitsubishi Motors' Japan-based executive vice president Hiizu Ichikawa and Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors NZ Ltd Masaso Tanuma. Mayor Leggett was there to take possession of the cities first electric car, the i-MiEV at Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand (MMNZ) headquarters in Porirua. Tuesday July 3, 2012. Photo by Mark Tantrum | www.marktantrum.com

Update: July 10, 2012. The following story ran in the Kapi-Mana newspaper:

Porirua City Council. Tearsheet: Kapi-Mana News Tuesday July 10, 2012. "Car Powers Up Council" story.

Here is a slideshow from the event along with some more shots from the drive that the Mayor took:


2012_07_03 PCC i-Miev – Images by Mark Tantrum
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