The Mia Electric is a 3-seat electric car designed for city use and is built in France. Mia Electric includes staff from Volkswagen and Bertone and is looking to become a major player in the world of electric vehicles. Read on to see if its new innovation has the potential to capture a substantial market share.
It is a 3-seat vehicle with twin sliding doors, a central driving position and its electric motor is rear-mounted. The Mia Electric has a steel construction with durable plastic panels. Though it is a small car, its interior is cleverly designed for maximum space with an arrow-shaped seating layout coupled with the battery being placed beneath the boot.
We were also surprised to find a large amount of legroom for passengers and the boot is large enough for most shopping expeditions. There is also a ‘comfort pack’ in UK models which consists of extra power sockets, Bluetooth and MP3 capability, an aluminium instrument pod finish, storage nets and auxiliary heating.
The Mia Electric is an extremely light vehicle at 810kg including batteries and offers 13bhp from its electric motor. The range is 80 miles but what we really liked about the car was the novelty of sitting in the middle of the vehicle as a driver. Both passengers get ample legroom and it is as easy to operate as any other electric car. Just turn the key and press a button to get moving.
As it is a city car we were not surprised to find it handling urban traffic fairly well but its open road performance left a lot to be desired. While it takes bends effortlessly it has very little power so you will feel exposed if you take the Mia Electric out on the road.
If we were told the Mia Electric cost a few thousand pounds we wouldn’t be too disappointed but its enormous £22,000 price tag is simply far too much for what you get. The cheapest Nissan Leaf is £4,000 or thereabouts more expensive and is better in almost every department. The Mia Electric provides novelty, convenience, space efficiency and a reasonable level of comfort but this is not enough to overcome the other issues it presents.
- Rating 2/5
- Cost: £22,000 ($36,000)
- Miles Per Gallon Equivalent (MPG): N/A
- Official Driving Range (Miles): 80 miles
- Standard Charging Time (Hours): 3 hours
- Practicality (Seats & Doors): 3 seats and 3 doors
- Engine Size: 8kW electric motor (12kW also available)
- Engine Power: 13bhp
- Transmission: Single speed
- Acceleration (0-62mph): 34 seconds
- Top Speed (mph): 68mph
- NCAP Safety Rating: N/A