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.
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.
Update: July 10, 2012. The following story ran in the Kapi-Mana newspaper:
Here is a slideshow from the event along with some more shots from the drive that the Mayor took: