I'm not much of a petrolhead, but I do like the idea (and the economy) of an all-electric car. Mitsubishi's just made the all-electric iMiev available for purchase and test drive. Anyone got a spare $53,000 or so they could spare me? Electric cars clearly aren't for everyone (although some of them do look damn fine). Those who want long distance travel, or demand the roar of a petrol engine, for example.
I'm not one of those folks, so I'm quite happy to read that Mitsubishi's introduced its iMiev electric car. TechAU notes that it's available to buy, but if you want to test drive one first, you'll need to be within walking distance of the following dealerships, which have them available for test drive:
ACT – Commonwealth Motors – Phillip – (02) 6282-3522 NSW – Northshore Mitsubishi – St Leonard’s – (02) 8198-1818 NSW – Sutton’s Mitsubishi – Arncliffe – (02) 9335-9000 NT – Darwin Mitsubishi – Darwin – (08) 8946-4444 QLD – Eager’s Mitsubishi – Newstead – (07) 3109-6600 SA – Australian Motors – Wayville – (08) 8179-3666 TAS – DJ Mitsubishi – Hobart – (03) 6213-3300 VIC – Chadstone Mitsubishi – Oakleigh – (03) 9569-0811 WA – Paceway Mitsubishi – Osborne Park – (08) 9492-9492
I'm seriously tempted -- the vast majority of trips that I do are under 25km, so the charging time is largely a non-issue, and I'd be happy to rent a larger vehicle for long road trips. The $53,000 on road cost is still something of an issue, however; hopefully the adoption of electric vehicles will see the prices tumble quickly. [Mitsubishi via TechAu]