Mia Electric minibus

The Mia Electric three-seat minibus will debut in the UK this summer, and the cool thing is that the seats won't need to be switched for right-hand drive.

The made-in-France Mia, which debuted in 2010 and began service in a car-sharing program in France's Poitou-Charentes last year, will be imported to the UK by Venture Automotive Holdings Ltd. for fleet sales. The odd little EV, which has 16 horsepower and a 74-mile single-charge range from two Lithium Ion Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries, is being promoted as a way for drivers to avoid London's Congestion Charge, which will allow plug-ins to be exempted from fees starting next month.

The funky little car has a single center driving seat in front (hence the right-hand drive non-issue) as well as sliding doors. Prices will start in the UK at £16,995 ($26,675 US). Check out Mia's press release below.
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MIA-ELECTRIC POWERS UP FOR UK LAUNCH

A brand new electric vehicle is coming to the UK fleet market from this summer, thanks to a new, official import deal struck for the Mia-Electric range of electric vehicles.

Mia-Electric is a specialist, dedicated EV vehicle manufacturer, producing both car and CV bodystyles, offered on a common chassis and drivetrain and designed specifically for urban environments. All vehicles are produced in France, at the former Heuliez factory in Cerizay, and are already on sale across Europe.

Designed to put the 'fun' into functional, all Mia-Electric vehicles are bespoke EVs, designed for the city and offering a central driving position, sliding doors, a cut-out floor and roof and ABS body panels.

Each is driven by two Lithium Ion Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries, generating 12 kW, a stable chemistry giving a range of up to 74 miles and recharging fully in 5 hours. Batteries can be charged at any time, with a 10-minute charge providing a 5-mile range.

The official British Mia-Electric importers will be Venture Automotive Holdings Ltd, trading as 'Mia-Electric UK'. The company will target business drivers and fleet operators initially, based on the vehicle's obvious economic and environmental advantages, in urban and return-to-base, delivery use.

"There is a very real and practical place for EVs in the UK vehicle market," explains Venture Automotive Holdings' MD, Paul Evans, "but, we are realistic in the best place for them. Urban environments, short journeys and regular return-to-base delivery fleets are ideal for electric vehicles. That's where the cost per mile and zero emissions benefits are greatest and what Mia is designed for."

Mia-Electric's launch to the UK fleet market will coincide with revisions to the London Congestion Charge in July, which will see only vehicles emitting 75 g/km CO2 exempt from the charge – something only attainable currently by plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles.

Mia-Electric vehicles will be offered with a 'Peace of Mind' programme, comprising a five year/ 70,000-mile warranty for vehicle, battery, electric drivetrain and anti-corrosion and roadside assistance.

Prices will start from £16,995 + VAT, on-the-road, including the UK Government's Plug-In Car Grant.