vehicle manufacturer Aixam Mega has introduced a new, two-seat electric
vehicle into the UK market, designed as a cost-effective and practical
runabout for local authorities and large business users.
The Mega e-City Pro is
a pared-down version of the proven Mega e-City, and is priced at £10,131
plus VAT. Its ongoing running costs are around 2-3p per mile, including
re-charging and maintenance.
With petrol and diesel
prices rising rapidly again, and pressure mounting on public sector
bodies and large businesses to cut their carbon emissions, Aixam Mega
believes that this is a good time to introduce a small all-electric
vehicle designed specifically for the needs of businesses.
general manager of Aixam Mega in the UK, said: “By cutting back on
extras the e-City Pro offers all the functionality of the Mega range at
a significantly reduced cost.
“In addition to
savings on running costs it offers many other tangible benefits such as
emissions-free motoring and exemption from Road Tax. Electric vehicles
are also a powerful public relations tool helping customers, suppliers
and members of the general public to become aware of the practical steps
an organisation is making to reduce its environmental impact.”
The new model can be
registered as a commercial vehicle so that businesses can reclaim VAT.
It also qualifies for 100 per cent First Year allowance. The e-City Pro
has steel wheels in place of alloys, manual window controls in place of
electrics, and no rear wash wiper or radio (except as optional extras).
It is available in white, making it easy for organisations to apply
their own branding if required.
The Mega e-City range
is designed for urban use and for frequent stop-start trips. Because
they emit no CO2 or particulates on the road they can also be used in
under cover applications, or in areas where there are dense
concentrations of pedestrians, such as city shopping centres.
The vehicles have a
range of up to 40 miles depending on road conditions and driving style,
and a top speed of 40 miles per hour.
In London they are
exempt from the Congestion Charge, and they benefit from free parking
and free on-street charging in a growing number of locations around the
country. There are tax incentives available for business users of
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