The United Kingdom’s Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) has determined that mia’s three electric vehicle models – the mia-U, the mia L and the mia box van – have qualified for the government’s ‘Plug-In Car’ and ‘Plug-In Van’ Grants.After months of close consultation and cooperation with OLEV, the cross-government team, has reckoned that the three mia vehicles meet all the safety, reliability, performance and warranty standards necessary for the UK market. The “Plug-in Car”/”Plug-in Van Grant” strikes 25% off the price of the car up to a maximum of £5,000. This means that the mia-U, the company’s short wheelbase model, could be bought at approximately £21,000 while the two extended models, the mia L and the mia box van, could be acquired at approximately £22,000 each.
The cars were designed by Murat Günak, Volkswagen’s former chief of design. Thanks to the cars’ lightweight design concept, they weigh just 765kg, while the mia-L and mia box van weigh 786kg. And since they are lightweights, they offer extremely economical power consumption and low running costs of around £1.30 per 100 km. All three mia models run on an 18kW electric motor installed at the rear, giving them a top speed of 68 mph (100km/h).
The electric vehicles are fitted with a 12 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery pack as standard, allowing its drivers to cruise up to 120km to 130km before power runs out. The batteries could be fully recharged in five hours. mia made sure that its battery system is exceptionally safe and allows “no memory effect” charging. This means a driver could recharge the battery for short top-up periods without inflicting adverse effect to the life of the battery. This also means that driver could recharge the battery for ten minutes for an extra 8km of range. The mia U offers three seats while the mia L provides four. The mia box van meanwhile drops the back seats for large cargo capacity of 1,500 litres. mia unveiled the three models at EcoVelocity motor show at Battersea Power Station in UK in 2011, and will sell them later this year.