All Black hero Stephen Donald pulls plug on Bath to head to Japan

Stephen Donald, the outside-half from New Zealand who kicked the All Blacks to a first world title in almost a quarter of a century before flying halfway round the planet for a lucrative stint in Premiership rugby with Bath, has had enough of life in these parts. He is about to leave the Recreation Ground with a season still left on his very expensive contract and take up employment in Japan, where the weekly demands on mind and body are somewhat less severe.

Hertz offers first electric cars in London

Hertz, the car rental firm, is adding the battery-powered Mitsubishi i-MiEV to its UK fleet. The first customers to benefit are members of the Connect by Hertz car-sharing club who will have access to two iMiEVs in London from today. Hertz car rental customers will also be able to go electric later on as more i-MiEVs are added to the company's fleet across the country. Hertz has established sixteen charging points, each able to accommodate two cars at a time, across London, including at London City and Heathrow airports. Customers will also be able to access Source London charging stations as these are rolled out across the capital.

Mitsubishi I-Miev

Price: £23,900 after subsidy

Top speed: 81mph Range Up to 100 miles

CO2 impact: Depends on fuel used at power station

Best for: Good, clean (subsidised) fun

Also worth considering? BMW Mini E, Nissan Leaf, Smart Fortwo Electric Drive

Mitsubishi names its price for electric i-MiEV

Mitsubishi has named the price at which it will sell its forthcoming i-MiEV electric car when it goes on general sale early next year. Customers will pay a steep £33,699 including VAT, even after the £5,000 per car grant that the government is introducing in order to encourage the sale of hybrid and electric plug-in cars.

Mini and Mitsubishi start UK electric car trials

Mitsubishi and BMW's Mini launched their UK electric vehicle trials at the weekend; both initiatives are part-funded by the British Government's Technology Strategy Board which will support tests involving 340 alternative fuel vehicles from several manufacturers.

Mitsubishi's electric i-MiEV is for real

Mitsubishi's four-door electric car is no longer just a design study or a prototype – the company has just announced that by the end of August, it had delivered 387 units to companies and local authorities in Japan. Sales to individuals won't begin until April next year, but a number of pre-orders have already been received.

Hyundai Grandeur

Some car manufacturers don’t make life easy for themselves. A few years ago, for example, Mitsubishi brought out a saloon which wasn’t exactly the Madonna of the showrooms. Inexplicably, they decided to call their mid range entrant the "Carisma". Predictably, the Carisma became the subject of easy ridicule, whatever its virtues.

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