Mayor Martel to drive an i-MiEV
MONTREAL, Dec. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Hydro-Québec and Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Inc. (MMSCAN) are pleased to announce
that the first five all-electric i-MiEVs have arrived in Boucherville
and are currently being prepared for their new drivers. Once
installation of the data logging equipment that will be used during the
trials is complete, Boucherville Mayor, Jean Martel, and employees from
the City of Boucherville, the Centre de santé et de services sociaux
Pierre-Boucher and Hydro-Québec will be able to pick up the test
vehicles, just in time for the holidays.
Boucherville Mayor, Jean Martel, was delighted to announce his personal
participation in the project. "I am pleased to be one of the first
users of the i-MIEV car in Quebec. By participating in this project, I
feel I'm contributing to technological progress that will enable all of
us to live in a cleaner world and breathe healthier air. My daughters
are really happy that we're doing something for our future. I wish the
project great success and would like to thank everyone who is actively
Hydro-Québec will be leading the road tests that aim to evaluate the
performance of up to 50 all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEVs under a variety
of circumstances, notably winter conditions. The project, that was
announced at the Montreal International Auto Show in 2010, is designed
to study the users' charging habits, driving experience and overall
satisfaction as well as vehicle behaviour when interfaced with the
"We are delighted to be at the heart of the largest electric vehicle
trial in Canada," stated Pierre-Luc Desgagné, Senior Director,
Strategic Planning and Government Affairs with Hydro-Québec. "Data
collected during the tests will help Hydro-Québec plan the future
electric vehicle public charging infrastructure which is one of our
Mr. Koji Soga, President and CEO of MMSCAN, had this to say: "This is
truly an exciting project for Mitsubishi Motors of Canada, we are
looking forward to the partnership. The data that we will collect over
the following months will allow us to ensure our state of the art
electric technology is ready for the Canadian market."
Indeed, the first five drivers will be able to get acquainted with their
new i-MiEVs over the holidays. Media are invited to stay tuned as the
details surrounding the application process for the second phase of the
trial project will be announced in January, 2011.
i-MiEV fast facts
i-MiEV, which stands for Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle, is an
all-electric, highway-capable, charge-at-home commuter car with zero
Four major innovations improve the i-MiEV. This vehicle effectively
protects its occupants as well as its electrical systems. It also
features high-capacity lithium-ion batteries and a small eco-energetic
electric motor as well as a three-way charging system. With its long
wheelbase and wheels positioned as far to the front and back as
possible, the i-MiEV can comfortably accommodate four adults as well as
luggage behind the back seat.
The 16 kWh high energy density lithium-ion battery pack is located
beneath the vehicle's floor, improving handling as well as maximizing
space in the passenger compartment.
Capable of travelling 120 km on a single charge, Mitsubishi's i-MiEV can
be recharged in 6 hours using 240 volt outlets, 13 hours using 120 volt
outlets or a quick charge station to provide an 80% charge within
approximately 30 minutes.
Already sold in Japan, the i-MiEV will be introduced on the Canadian
market at the end of 2011.
About Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada
Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Inc. is committed to green technologies
and Mitsubishi Motors, Japan, is a world leader in electric car
research and development. For further information, visit www.mitsubishi-motors-pr.ca.
Hydro-Québec generates, transmits and distributes electricity. Its sole
shareholder is the Québec government. It uses mainly renewable
generating options, in particular hydropower, and supports the
development of wind energy through purchases from independent power
producers. It also conducts research in energy-related fields, such as
energy efficiency. For more information on Hydro-Québec, please visit www.hydroquebec.com . For details on its electric transportation plans, visit www.hydroquebec.com/electrification-transport.
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