Mia EV: coming to UK this autumn
May 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
More on this Mia EV, to arrive in the UK this autumn. The German-registered company Mia electric GmbH is to offer a three-car range comprising two mini-MPVs (2.87m and 3.19m long) and a box-van. The Murat Gunak-styled microcar – first seen at the Geneva Motor Show last spring – is a three-seater with sliding side doors and a centrally-positioned driver’s seat, allowing the driver to get in and out from either side and giving ‘enormous legroom’ for rear-seat passengers; the longer-wheelbase Mia L (pictured) seats four, with three-abreast in the back, but the van, which has a 1500-litre cargo capacity, is a single-seater. It’ll be built in Cerizay, western France, by Mia electric SAS, a spin-off company from Heuliez owned 70% by Mia electric GmbH and 30% by the administration of the Poitou-Charentes region.
The range is now up to about 80 miles (from a three-hour charge) and prices start from E19,500 – unfortunately rather steep for UK buyers, given the current exchange rate. Over 2,500 orders have been taken so far, and production starts in June. The Mia L will be taking part in the RAC Future Car Challenge (5th November 2011) to promote its UK launch. More at mia-electric.com.