THE MITSUBISHI 20MY OUTLANDER HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST SURPRISINGLY ENJOYABLE DRIVES I’VE HAD THIS YEAR.
The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) gave a range of 55km and the average person drive 32kn a day in Christchurch, according to Christchurch Mitsubishi Fleet Sales Manager David Boyce. The sunroof was great and the drive was fantastic.
So I was looking forward to moving into the ASX VRX. 2.4L in Sunshine Orange.
No sunroof but a moonroof option – most of the roof is glass! Priced at $34,990 with cool alloy pedals and 18-inch alloy rims, plus 125kW and 226 Nm, it gave me a wee thrill to drive.
It also has some cool little fender side guards, Apple Car Play with six speakers, and elegant leather seating.
Now this is the top model with the lesser versions, the LS and XLS, coming in with a bit less flash and grunt but overall its got a pretty great feel to it…. other than Sunshine Orange. I mean I know it’s a press model, but as someone said, you have to be brave to drive that colour.
There’s also LED lighting and an 8-inch touch screen which, coming in at that price, equates to a lot of bang for your buck.
The piano black and satin grille is nice, and I like the lighting set up. It’s a bit old fashioned with a manual handbrake but then again, I’m a bit old too.
Yes the Outlander 20MY PHEV may have stolen my heart for a fun, well-powered SUV in a hybrid model, but I’m not complaining about the ASX…. just the colour. It’s time to take it for a test drive!
Let’s face it, keeping compliant with workplace safety requirements takes precious time away from things you’d rather be doing in your prized business, but Electrical Testing Services (ETS) is here to ease that aggravation.
Covering New Zealand and Australia for all aspects of electrical, testing and tagging, fire safety, thermal imaging and emergency lighting, Damian Lyons of ETS in Christchurch is excited to offer its services in Queenstown and surrounds.
“Our systems and procedures are highly recognised by regulatory bodies in New Zealand.”
Senior Electrician Chris Sears, a ‘Lakelander’ for almost a year, hails from the UK by way of Australia. A Level One Accredited Thermographer and qualified electrician, Chris is a very rare bird indeed in these parts, specialising in thermal imaging for commercial switchboards. Chris will travel to your workplace, with no call out fees or travel time charged. Whatever your business size, Chris responds quickly to your requests and offers a ‘reactive service’ should you need him urgently.
Regular tool checks are another big overhead and you might be hesitant to do it, but there is no escape from WorkSafe requirements. Tempted to invest in a home-testing kit? A session with the calculator will reveal the savings available in using ETS. Still not convinced? Damian says the first 20 checks are free.
ETS also has its own range of emergency lights and can supply or supply and install for almost half the price of others. See the full range of services at www.electricaltesting.co.nz or www.emergencylighting.co.nz.
Christchurch is now home to New Zealand’s first fully battery-powered electric car sharing scheme. Developed by Christchurch City Council and run by Yoogo Share, the scheme lets people hire electric vehicles at different points in the city.
Yoogo Share General Manager Kirsten Corson says it is the biggest deployment of electric cars in New Zealand, with Hyundai Ioniq and BMWi3 vehicles now available at several hubs in the city, including Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu and Christchurch International Airport.
Further hubs will be added in April, including The Crossing, Ara Institute, the University of Canterbury and the Lyttelton Community Centre. By then there will be 100 battery electric vehicles at 10 or more hubs across the city.
“This is an exciting new transport service powered by electricity that is largely generated from renewable energy,” says CCC Resource Efficiency Manager Kevin Crutchley, who was Project Manager for the scheme. “The result is a service with zero tail pipe emissions that will both reduce our city’s greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality, which will have positive health benefits for the residents of Christchurch.”
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says she is proud that Christchurch is the first city in New Zealand, and one of the few cities internationally, that has such a service.
“It’s a smart and sustainable way for businesses and for local residents to get around town and I’m excited to see the service grow. [It] will deliver improved environmental and health outcomes and help the Council achieve its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.”