Mitsubishi and Vancouver to Cooperate on Testing the i-MiEV

Mitsubishi Motors Sales of Canada signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for testing the feasibility of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle. The MoU was signed with the Government of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver, the BC Hydro power company, and Mitsubishi Canada Limited.

Two cars would be available for testing at first under the agreement signed. One car would be added to BC Hydro’s vehicle fleet and the second would be for the City of Vancouver. Under the MoU, more vehicles can be added to the fleets as more cars become available.

“Electric cars are part of the sustainable transportation solution for British Columbia and I am pleased that the i-MiEV will make its Canadian debut in Vancouver,” said Environment Minister Barry Penner. “By looking at new, innovative technologies, we can work toward achieving our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emission by 33 percent by 2020.”

The Mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson, also seemed similarly enthusiastic about receiving two of Mitsubishi’s small electric vehicles. “I’m thrilled that Vancouver gets to debut the i-MiEV. We want to make Vancouver the greenest city in the world, and supporting this early adoption of plug-in electric cars is on way that Vancouver is becoming a leader in green technology,” said Robertson. “Electric vehicles are an important way to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions when combined with improvements to transit, biking, and walking.”