The Mia, with 8 kWh battery packs from Evida, has a range of up to 130 km (81 miles) and is fully chargeable within 3 hours.
The size 4—one of four controllers in the Gen4 series ranging from size 2 to 8—was chosen to deliver smooth power transmission, improved efficiency and an extended range capability due to its ability to be closely characterized with the specific requirements of the mia.
Peugeot’s e-vivacity scooter, Vmoto’s E-max bike and Brammo’s Enertia street bike also use Sevcon Gen4 controllers. The mia will be manufactured in Cerizay, France, and has a scheduled annual production run of 12,000 vehicles a year.
Sales of the mia will initially focus on public and private fleet operators with sales to private customers starting in 2012.
Mia electric took over the electric cars divisions of French vehicle manufacturer Heuliez in July 2010. Heuliez has been designing and producing pure drive electric cars since 1984 and has manufactured more than 6,500 electric cars including Citroen AX Electric, Peugeot 106 Electric and Citroen Saxo Electric.