Plug-in cars have always been an electrifying passion for Robert Llewellyn and he proves this on every episode of Fully Charged. In the latest video, he discusses solar energy, including how his residential solar panel installation powers his Nissan Leaf 1,000 miles for less than nine bucks. Llewellyn finishes the episode with a drive in the quirky electric Mia microbus.
As we learned at the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum, the Mia is an unconventional electric van with a rather unusual interior layout. Llewellyn updates the story with information on how the Mia microbus will soon join Paris’ Autolib battery-powered car-sharing scheme and includes info on how Mia will make its electric microbus available to the general public in 2012.
There’s even a discussion on Mia‘s wildly optimistic production target of 1,000 of these electric microbuses a month.
With a central driving position, twin sliding doors, a rear-mounted electric motor and dent-resistant plastic panels, the Mia is oddly unique. It tips the scales at 1,786 pounds, has a listed range of 80 miles and comes packing a 13-horsepower motor.
No, that’s not a typo. Just thirteen horses are tasked with moving a near one-ton vehicle. Acceleration? How’s 0 to 62 miles per hour by next century (34 seconds) sound? Top speed? That’s listed at a reasonable 68 mph.