Latest Electric Cars & Bikes On Show Here
Hmmm.. I’m still not sure about electric cars.
The very latest in electric vehicle technology – including a car not yet released in New Zealand – went on show briefly yesterday at Queens Wharf as part of a sustainability event.
The numbers are impressive – $5 for a full charge compared to what you pay for petrol.
During a green guilt moment last year I contemplated a Prius but even second-hand they were too expensive and then came all those reports of Toyota recalls.
And the electric car technology is still in its experimental stage and the cars way too expensive – the Mitsubishi i-Miev can now be bought here but for $60,000.
And there’s the issue of how fast you can go and how you charge it as we’re not at the stage of charging systems on every street corner.
In my book the jury is out – but it’s still good to see that at least some of the big auto makers are starting to sing about alternative fuel technology, especially in the wake of that classic documentary on GM and how it Killed The Electric Car
So here are the cars that were on display.
Here’s how they get charged.
The Mitsubishi i-Miev costs only $5 to ‘fill’ or fully charge (at a cost of 25c / kWh).
The Nissan Leaf is not yet released in this country. It’s a fully electric five-seater that offers similar acceleration to 50km/h as a 3.5 litre petrol engine.
Toyota has selected New Zealand for a three-year global field trial of the Toyota Plug-in Hybrid Prius, which drives as electric-only for up to 30kms and converts to a petrol / electric hybrid over longer distances.
But what I’m really interested in are these eZee electric bicycles that seem to be around $3000.
They’re 10 cents a charge.
According to their website you could convert your present bike into one. i might just do it.