Posted on 05. Aug, 2010 in Greening Victoria

Premier John Brumby today welcomed Australia’s first commercially viable, fully electric vehicles to the state, which will be a part of a groundbreaking Victorian Government trial.

Mr Brumby was joined by Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas and Mitsubishi Motors Australia President Masahiko Takahashi in Port Melbourne today as 20 Mitsubishi i-MiEV were unloaded at Webb Dock East.

“The plug-in Mitsubishi i-MiEV will play a part in the Government’s groundbreaking $5 million electric vehicle trial, due to commence later this year,” Mr Brumby said.

“We are committed to making this state an electric vehicle friendly location and we understand how important cleaner, greener and innovative travel options are to Victorians.

“That’s why the Victorian Government is currently working with the RACV to find around 180 households interested in taking part in an electric vehicle trial. The successful applicants will get an electric car for three months and we look forward to Mitsubishi being part of that trial.

“This world-leading trial will create real conditions by testing how drivers, vehicles, plug-in charging infrastructure and the electricity network will interact in real-life situations.”

Mr Brumby said the five-year electric vehicle trial was part of the Government’s $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan and would help to find new ways of making electric cars more efficient and practical for Victorian families and roads.

“The trial will include passenger cars, light commercial vehicles and electric two-wheelers. We’re aiming for around 180 charging points and 60 vehicles and expect these vehicles will rotate between different households and fleets,” he said.

“Most other international trials being conducted at the moment include only one vehicle type and one type of charging infrastructure.”

Mr Pallas said Mitsubishi’s plug-in electric car was an opportunity to drive the uptake and development of electric vehicles in Victoria.

“So far we have received 76 submissions from suppliers wanting to participate in the trial as providers – and they include car manufacturers, recharge infrastructure providers and electricity suppliers, distributors and retailers,” he said.

“This trial is a vital part of the development of low-emission transport options in Victoria as we look for new ways to cut carbon emissions and provide for greener travel.”

The full list of trial participants will be released in September this year.

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