The first trial of the Leaders motorcade movement – a motorcade of newly purchased $1.7 million Hyundai Ioniq electric vehicles for the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting was undertaken in October. MELINA ETCHES/23103001
A motorcade of brand-new Hyundai Ioniq electric vehicles, valued at $1.7 million landed cost, purchased by the Cook Islands government for the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting next week, underwent its first drive trial around the island last week.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Immigration, the first trial of the “Leaders’ motorcade movement” was
undertaken on Friday to ensure that the vehicles are operating properly and that
the motorcade route is efficient.
MFAI said that “when moving, the Leaders motorcade
will be led by Cook Islands Police and vehicles in the vicinity at the time are
requested to pull to the side to allow the motorcade to pass”.
A second trial of the electric vehicles is planned for
this Wednesday, November 1.
In August, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Immigration stated that the purchase of the electric vehicles is in keeping
with “government’s continued efforts towards green and clean transportation”.
The ministry also stated that among its hosting
obligations for the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting is the requirement to
provide in-country transportation for visiting leaders.
The Cook Islands government has announced that the
electric vehicles will be available for pre-sale to the public and for
replacement vehicles within the government’s vehicle fleet after the Pacific
Islands Forum Leaders Meeting.
The Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting will be held
from November 6-10 in Rarotonga and Aitutaki.