Hydro-Quebec and Mitsubishi: This is gone!
Hydro-Québec and Mitsubishi launch the largest electric car test program in Canada.
Boucherville Mayor Jean Martel, drive a i-MiEV
Hydro-Quebec and Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada, Inc.. (MMSCAN) are pleased to announce that the first five cars all electric i-MiEV are arrivals in Boucherville, and will be delivered before Christmas to their respective drivers. As soon as the test data recorders have been installed, Jean Martel, Mayor of Boucherville, as well as employees of the municipality, the Centre for Health and Social Services Pierre-Boucher and Hydro-Quebec will take delivery of their car, which is timely for congestive end year.
Jean Martel, Mayor of Boucherville, was smiling when he announced he would attend personally test: "I am very happy to be part of the first users of the i-MiEV car in Quebec. I see my participation in this pilot project as my contribution to technological advances that allow us to live in a cleaner world and breathe cleaner air. My daughters are delighted with this gesture future. I wish good success to the project and thank all those who are actively involved in its success. "
Hydro-Quebec will lead the program which will include road tests until 50 i-MiEV and will evaluate the behavior of these all electric cars in various circumstances, especially in winter conditions. Announcement at the beginning of the year at the International Auto Show in Montreal, the project was designed, on the one hand, probe the overall satisfaction of the drivers the respect of driving experience and, hand, study habits charging users and the integration of electric vehicles to the grid.
"Hydro-Quebec is pleased to be at the heart of the largest electric vehicle test program in Canada," says Pierre-Luc Desgagne, senior director of strategic planning and government affairs Hydro-Quebec . "The data collected will be useful for Hydro-Quebec in the planning of public charging infrastructure which is one of our priorities. "
As for him, Mr. Koji Soga, President and CEO of MMSCAN, said: "This is a really exciting project for Mitsubishi Canada. We expect a lot from this partnership. Thanks to the data that we will reap in the coming months, we will be able to refine our advanced electrical systems to adapt to the Canadian market. "
The first five "test pilots" can tame their new i-MiEV during the period relache end year. The details of the process of nomination on to the next phase of the program will be announced in early January 2011.
The i-MiEV in brief
"I-MiEV" stands for Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle). This is an adapted electric car highway driving, which is charged at home and produces no exhaust pipe emissions.
Four major innovations improve the i-MiEV. Indeed, the vehicle protects the occupants, and electrical systems of the vehicle. It is also equipped with lithium-ion high capacity, small energy efficient electric motor and a three-way charging system.
Thanks to the long wheelbase and wheels positioned as far to the front and to the rear, four adults can sit comfortably in the i-MiEV. There is also room for some luggage behind the rear seat.
The battery Lithium-ion 16 kWh high density energetics is fixed under the floor. This smart design and low center of gravity, which improves handling, while maximizing interior space.
The i-MiEV Mitsubishi owns a radius of 120 km per charge and can be recharged in 6 hours by plugging into a 240 volt (or 13 hours if a 120V outlet is used). It can also load the vehicle with a 80% quick charge port, about 30 minutes.
The car, which is already on sale in Japan, will be launched in the Canadian market at the end of 2011.
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