Not all electric car makers are trying to improve the looks of their cars. Some like MIA Electric still think EV’s should be hideous.
They will show three variants of this electric Microbus for the first time to the British people at the EcoVelocity motor show, and will allow them to get behind the wheel and experience mia’s zero-emission urban mobility for themselves.
Then in the early 2012, it will go on sale in the standard short wheelbase model and two extended models, the mia L and the mia box van. The Mia weighs 750kg (extended models weigh 759kg) and all three are powered by an 18kW electric motor at the rear of the car that gives a top speed of 68 mph (110km/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.
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.
So at least on paper, Mia sounds promising as an electric city runabout. But it doesn’t seem to be a looker. Even in the press shots they are reluctant to reveal it in full! That is understandable seeing as its only rival is the G-Wizz.