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Electric i could head to the UK

21 November 2007

An electric version of Mitsubishi's i city car could be on sale in the UK by 2010, Mitsubishi says.

If it does come, it could cost around £15,000.

Mitsubishi reckons the cost of electricity to charge the car would be just £50 per 10,000 miles, while carbon dioxide emissions from the vehicle will be zero.

The battery-powered four-seater supermini will undergo trials in the UK next year and Mitsubishi is hopeful it will be able to offer the car to customers not long after.

Lithium-ion batteries fitted into the floor of the car give a range of between 80 and 100 miles on one charge, while performance should be reasonable, too - a 0-60 time of around 10 seconds is expected, along with a top speed of 80mph.

You'll be able to plug the car into any mains socket and get an 80% charge in just 20 minutes. A full charge will take between six and seven hours.

Meanwhile, Mitsubishi's managing director in the UK, Jim Tyrrell, has written to the Government to suggest that electric cars should be exempt from VAT and that import duty is dropped for green cars.

'The Government is quick to penalise 4x4s, so we'd like to see some incentive to buy green', said Tyrrell.

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