Charging ahead with first unit

A fast charge unit for electric cars in Adelaide.
A fast charge unit for electric cars in Adelaide. Contributed

MITSUBISHI has unveiled the first public EV fast-charging unit in Australia.

The FCU has been installed in front of the company's Adelaide head office and is designed to offer the convenience of a fast-charge facility to drivers of Mitsibishi's i-MiEV electric vehicle.

Masahiko Takahashi, Mitsubishi Australia's president and CEO, unveiled the FCU at a launch attended by South Australian i-MiEV owners, council and government VIPs and staff.

“Mitsubishi has confirmed our position as the leader in electric vehicle technology,” Mr Takahashi said.

“Not only are we the first company to offer volume-produced electric vehicles in the Australian market, now we are the first company to provide a public fast-charge facility here as well.”

The FCU is an Aker Wade unit installed by Club Assist in Australia and is powered by 100% accredited green electricity provided by AGL Energy Limited.

Mitsubishi introduced its i-MiEV (Innovative Electric Vehicle) into the Australian market in August 2010 and the company has now sold more than 100 vehicles here.

The i-MiEV is a fully electric vehicle with zero drive-time emissions and is powered by a lithium-ion battery.

Receiving all its torque from stall, the i-MiEV has responsive acceleration – perfect for city commuting – and has a range of about 130 kilometres.

Normally, the i-MiEV is recharged on a standard 15 amp household power point over a seven-hour period.

However, the fast-charge unit can recharge up to 80% of an i-MiEV's battery in 30 minutes, or provide an extra-quick top-up of about 50% in 15 minutes.

According to Mr Takahashi, Mitsubishi chose to install the fast charge unit at its South Australian headquarters for a number of reasons.

“Mitsubishi is a long-time member of the South Australian business community, and we are extraordinarily proud of our history here, so we are always very ready to support our local market,” he said.

“We have several i-MiEV foundation customers here in Adelaide, and I am sure the new FCU will be very convenient for them.

“In addition, MMAL plans to offer an i-MiEV vehicle for our staff to use as a pool car, and I have no doubt that it will be so popular that it will require topping up on a regular basis.”

i-MiEV vehicle owners can use the fast charge unit free of charge.

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