Mia electric welcomes today’s announcement that all three of its
vehicles now qualify for the Government’s ‘Plug-In Car’ and
‘Plug-In Van’ Grants.
This follows months of close consultation and cooperation with
the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) which has now
deemed that mia electric’s vehicles meet all the safety,
reliability, performance and warranty standards necessary for
the UK market.
Having qualified for both grants, any
motorist wishing to buy a mia electric vehicle when they go on sale in
the UK market later this year will be entitled to a discount of around
£5000. This additional Government support means the mia’s standard short
wheelbase model (mia-U) will retail at approximately £21,000 and the two
extended models, the mia L and the mia box van, will both retail at
electric particularly supports the UK government’s decision to extend
the grant to vans, which are especially suited to electric because of
their commercial use. Vans tend to travel the same route and distance on
a daily basis and have ample opportunity to be recharged at regular
stop-offs and bases.
The mia-U is currently on trial with a
major UK company that is considering the switch to electric for its
sizeable fleet of commercial vans.
Standing alongside the Secretary of
State for Transport, Justine Greening MP, and Minister for Business and
Enterprise, Mark Prisk MP, at London County Hall this morning, mia
electric’s Head of UK Sales, Richard Deslandes, said “These incentive
schemes are absolutely vital if UK motorists are going to be encouraged
to make the switch to zero-emission mobility. Our vehicles are designed
specifically for inner-city environments and commercial vehicles account
for a significant proportion of traffic in urban areas.
“The box van is a key component of the
product range mia electric plans to bring to the UK market later this
year. We hope the Government’s decision to extend the grant to cover
vans will incentivise business owners to use electric vehicles and so
reduce their carbon emissions.”
Justine Greening MP added: “Our new
grant demonstrates that you can be a motorist and still be
“Cars and vans are absolutely central
to people’s lives – it’s how most of us get around and for many journeys
they are, and will remain, the only practical and convenient travel
choice. Nevertheless climate change is a global challenge we simply have
to meet head on. It cannot be ignored or side-stepped.
“The new Plug-in Van Grant – offering
up to £8,000 off one of these seven innovative vans – also makes
business sense as it’s been estimated that a small electric van will
typically cost £100 less in fuel for every thousand miles driven
compared to a diesel equivalent.”
Unique design perfect for UK
Having made their UK debut at the
EcoVelocity motor show at Battersea Power Station last year, mia has
been preparing for an exciting entry into the UK market later this year.
The cars were designed by the former
head of design at Volkswagen, Murat Günak, and come in three
configurations – the standard short wheelbase model and two extended
models, the mia L and the mia box van.
Thanks to its light-weight design
concept, the standard model weighs only 765kg (extended models weighs
786kg) giving it extremely economical power consumption and low running
costs (approx £1.30 per 100 kms).
All three vehicles are powered by an
18kW electric motor at the rear of the car that gives a top speed of 68
mph (100km/h). A 120 to 130km range is available from the 12 kWh battery
pack that comes as standard and the lithium iron phosphate batteries can
be fully charged in five hours. This technically sound battery system is
exceptionally safe and helps alleviate range anxiety by allowing “no
memory effect” charging. This means the battery can be charged for short
top-up periods with absolutely no adverse effect to the life of the
battery. (e.g. a ten minute charge will give an extra 8km of range).
The standard short wheelbase mia has
three seats in total, while the extended mia L has four. Instead of
three back seats, as in the mia L, the mia box van features a cargo
capacity of 1,500 litres.
The most conspicuous feature of all
three variants of the mia is the central driving position which allows
the driver to get in and out of the car on both sides. This seat
arrangement provides the driver with a perfect view of the city traffic
and the passengers at the back with plenty of legroom. It also gives the
cabin a unique office-style layout that features a display with space to
mount a tablet computer and smartphone.
When discussing the philosophy behind
the car, Murat Günak, explains “As a father of four I wanted to pursue a
new, sustainable path towards environmentally-friendly mobility of the
future. We started with a blank piece of paper and asked ourselves the
same question over and over again: What does a customer really want to
be mobile in the city? Our conclusion was a compact-yet-spacious
electric vehicle that’s well organized and single-mindedly focused on
David Wilkie, the former design
director at Italian styling house Bertone and now design partner at mia,
said “Working on the mia project was like reinventing the car itself. It
hasn’t been designed to look swoopy and fast, it’s designed to be
practical and likeable. A lot of cars are derivatives of mainstream cars
but this is all new and perfect for big cities. It will undoubtedly
become harder, and maybe even illegal, to drive petrol cars in downtown
urban areas, so electric city cars like the mia have enormous