New electric Microbus will come in three variants and was designed by a former VW design chief.

New electric automaker Mia will be bringing 3 variants of its Microbus to the EcoVelocity motor show in the UK next month.

The Franco-German company says that they have already received 3,000 orders for their new Microbus range and production will start next June at its facility in Certzay, France.

"We hope to ramp up production at our factory in Cerizay, France, to a total capacity of about 14,000 by the end of 2012," says Richard Deslandes, Head of UK sales at Mia.

The Mia Microbus vehicles are designed by Murat Günak, former head of design at Volkswagen, and come in 3 variants. The first is a standard model while the two others have extended wheelbases - one is the Mia L and the other is the Mia Box Van.

The standard Mia Microbus weighs in at just 750 kg (759 kg for the other models) and comes with an 18 kW electric motor (24 bhp / 24 PS) which can propel the car up to speeds of 68 mph (110 km/h). The 12kWh battery pack provides the vehicle with a range of between 120 and 130 km (75 to 81 miles).

Mia claims the battery can be topped off at any point without affecting its life expectancy and says a 10 minute charge gives the car an extra 6 km (4 miles) of range.

Prices for the Mia Microbus start at £22,000 in the UK, after a £5,000 government subsidy is allowed for.

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