The NRMA has announced it has adopted a Mitsubishi i-MiEV into its fleet of roadside assistance vehicles as a trial EV. The i-MiEV will begin work in the Sydney CBD area in September.
This will be an Australian-first for a roadside assistance electric vehicle, and it will be used for daily duties and call-outs to NRMA members in trouble. The car will also feature on-board electric vehicle recharging equipment for EV drivers who have run out of juice.
NRMA Motoring and Services President Wendy Machin said she was excited about a more environmentally friendly means of rescue vehicle.
“The NRMA’s i-MiEV is a further step in greening our patrol fleet, which would assist in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It will help us understand our members’ EV needs as part of our regular roadside assistance network in the city and will service both electric and regular vehicles.
“Our patrol workers have been trained on servicing electric vehicles to ensure the NRMA is keeping pace with emerging alternative fuels technology.”
The Mitubishi i-MiEV will be used on a trial for six months to see how it copes with day-to-day duties. The NRMA will also find out how well the fully electric vehicle adapts to Sydney’s current infrastructure.
Using an EV seems like an appropriate approach to EV roadside assistance, compared with various other countries such as Japan, where a large diesel truck is used for EV assistance.
Read our Mitsubishi i-MiEV review.