It’s a Mitsubishi i-MiEV, lithium batteries, 130 km range, twice the torque of the petrol version and able to break any speed limit in the land. It’s dinky, but four seats and the inside looked surprisingly roomy for something that easy to park. Charge it from Meridian’s power and you’ve got zero-carbon transportation, right there. Even some Yanks driving it thought it was pretty decent.
This one was parked outside the cathedral this morning. They’re planned to be on sale in NZ next year. Welcome to the future*.
* Maybe. It’s got the performance of a Citroen 2CV and costs a lot more. How much more? Don’t know yet. It’ll get you a day trip to Levin or Martinborough and back, but can’t make it as far as Palmerston North, let alone get you back from there. Here’s hoping that it’s a success in the marketplace, but still, petrol technology remains hard to beat. And it’s got a stupid name.