The French-built Mia-Electric range of electric vehicles is set go on sale in the UK in July.

Mia-Electric's line-up of electric city vehicles, which will be sold under the name of Mia-Electric UK, feature a central driving position, plastic bodywork and sliding doors.

A Single-seat version, with the option of a second seat, will be coming to the UK initially. Three- and four-seat versions could be made available later, as well as a panel van which could prove ideal for small inner-city businesses thanks to its congestion charge exemption. 

Managing director Paul Evans, of importer Venture Automotive Holdings, said "There is a very real and practical place for EVs in the UK vehicle market.

“Urban environments, short journeys and regular return-to-base delivery fleets are ideal for electric vehicles." 

The electric vehicles offer a 74-mile range, with a five-hour recharge time. Power comes from two 12kw batteries. A 10-minute charge is claimed to provide a five-mile range.

Each Mia-Electric vehicle will come with a five-year/70,000-mile warranty, which covers the battery, electric drivetrain and vehicle. Also included is an anti-corrision warranty and free roadside assistance.

Prices will start at approximately £16,995 plus VAT, inclusive of the government's electric vehicle grant.

Piers Irvine