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Thursday, 1st April 2010
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Electric car a big hit in Japan

The launch of a new electric car has seen Japanese customers queuing up to buy the new motor.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the first mass market electric car to go on sale in Japan and is designed to appeal to a wide range of motorists.

It has four seats and can travel up to 100 miles on a single charge.
Car owners will be able to charge their cars from home, with a full charge up taking some 14 hours. However, charging stations located around the nation allow drivers to get their cars on the road in just 30 minutes.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Chitoshi Okunuki, 72, told of his excitement at being an owner of the new electric car. He placed a pre order for his vehicle back in August 2009 and told the source that the car is "so quiet and there are no emissions".

Japan has always been a world leader in eco-friendly motoring, with Toyota Prius hybrid models popular the world over.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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