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Donation of three i-MiEV models of Mitsubushi British Columbia

Japanese automaker Mitsubishi keeps its promises, which brings the today donate three i-MiEV electric cars propulsion, British Columbia. One of them was granted to the City of Vancouver, while the other two were a BC Hydro data. This is a first that should possibly be imitated, especially the small electric car is about to be commercialized on Canadian soil.

Here is the press release issued on this subject:


Mitsubishi enters history by providing electric car production

Mitsubishi keeps his promise and offers i MiEV city of Vancouver and BC Hydro has two

VANCOUVER, BC (November 20, 2009) - This historic moment will be remembered in British Columbia and Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada, Inc.. (MMSC). Indeed, MMSC today presented three i-MiEV, the fully electric production cars producing no issuance, to the city of Vancouver and BC Hydro. Thereby MMSC held the promise she had made 6 April 2009 the Government of British Columbia, BC Hydro and the City of Vancouver, which was a promise to provide i-MiEV cars for testing and evaluation.

"This is a first in every sense of the word," declared this morning, Mr. Tomoki Yanagawa, vice president of sales, marketing and business planning of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada, Inc.. during the ceremony of presentation of Messrs. vehicles. Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources of British Columbia, Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver and Bob Elton, President and CEO of BC Hydro. "The i-MiEV is the first electric production car in the world to ride on the highway. This is a first for Vancouver, a first for North America. We are facing a denouement of history. "

Heads of state and local states have stressed that this Canadian first suggests the beginning of a new era, or ecological technologies help the inhabitants of the planet to reduce emissions of greenhouse gas emissions.

"We are very proud to show leadership in the field of ecological transport welcoming First fully electric Mitsubishi cars right here in British Columbia," stressed the Minister. "These are vehicles like these that they are powered by clean and renewable energy will help us to build a future where transportation emit little or no carbon dioxide. "

The Mayor further: "Vancouver strives to adopt electric vehicles in its fleet and we are pleased to welcome for the first time, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV in our city. Give our support means cleaner transportation and more energy efficient brings us closer to our goal, which is to become the greenest city in the world. Enthusiasm we have partnered with Mitsubishi to enable it to export its new electric technologies in Canada. "

This is the first time that fully electric vehicles in production designed and manufactured by a manufacturer of international repute, were put into circulation on the roads of North America. The i-MiEV is the first electric vehicle in the world to be mass produced and sold (Japanese customers can indeed get this fully electric vehicle since this summer).

"As we prepare to increase the use of electric vehicles can be recharged by plugging them into regular power outlets, it is important to know the impact these vehicles will have on the electric network of BC Hydro and the amount necessary to reload battery, "says Elton. "The i-MiEV will help us answer some of these questions, all symbolizing the commitment of BC Hydro towards electric vehicles. "

The i-MiEV, which means Electric Vehicle Mitsubishi Innovative, is a fully electric car capable of driving on the highway, which can be easily recharged at home. Since the battery, motor and other mechanical elements are fixed under the floor, four adults can easily install in the i-MiEV. This small car is surprisingly spacious and can also accommodate a lot of luggage. Like all electric cars, the i-MiEV offers excellent acceleration, and its very low center of gravity helps to improve its maneuverability and stability. In addition, the interior is very quiet.

The specialized battery can be charged by connecting to a standard wall outlet 110V or using a dryer plug 220 V, two power outlets that can be found across Canada. The charging time is approximately 14 hours if a 110 V is used, and 6 hours if a 220 V. Thanks to a collaborative research and development with several producers are used Energy, Mitsubishi has also designed a quick charge, which can charge the battery up to 80% of its capacity in just 30 minutes.

At the International Motor Show in Tokyo (2009), the i-MiEV Wins Japanese Car of the year in the category of "Most Advanced Technology". This honor was awarded in recognition of the way in which technology lithium-ion battery is used on the i-MiEV, a family car can accommodate four people, and the fact that the i-MiEV is now produced in mass.

Sales of Mitsubishi vehicles in Canada, inc. is committed to promoting ecological technologies and Mitsubishi Motors, the Japanese house-mother, is a world leader in the research and development of electric cars.

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