Largest electric vehicle trial in Canada
MONTREAL, Nov. 4, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Hydro-Québec is pleased to
announce the 10 Boucherville businesses selected to participate in a
trial of the all-electric i-MiEV. The 10 vehicles will be delivered to
their respective drivers in December 2011.
The 10 businesses whose employees were selected to take part in the
third phase of the trial following a call for expression of interest
issued last June. They are:
Boutique Mère & Mousses
La Résidence des Berges
Les Entreprises Hamelin
Pratt & Whitney Canada
Employees from the selected business will test the all-electric i-MiEV
in their day-to-day activities. Like the participants in the first two
phases of the program, they must drive an average of 50 km per day
using both highways and local streets. They will have access to
charging stations at their homes and workplaces.
"Hydro-Québec is proud to welcome these businesses to its program and
offer them the possibility to test the first i-MiEVs designed for the
North American market," said Pierre-Luc Desgagné, Senior Director -
Strategic Planning at Hydro-Québec. "The needs and driving patterns of
these 10 new participants will provide valuable information, in
addition to what has already been obtained from the 20 current
participants. All of this data will help us complete the Boucherville
The program will continue until the end of 2013. The initiative follows
the Action Plan for Electric Vehicles unveiled by the Québec government last April 7.
"It is with great pride that the city of Boucherville will have
welcomed, since the beginning of the trial program, a total of 30
electric vehicles to its streets, collecting data that will help
evaluate the needs of drivers of this type of vehicle. Boucherville
will be the first city in Canada to take part in the country's largest
electric vehicle trial, along with Hydro-Québec and Mitsubishi. We are
happy to have contributed to developing a greener economy," said Jean
Martel, mayor of Boucherville.
In December 2010, as part of the first phase of the electric vehicle
testing program, five i-MiEVs were delivered to the city of
Boucherville, the Centre de santé et de services sociaux Pierre-Boucher
and Hydro-Québec. In June 2011, 13 Boucherville businesses took part in
the second phase of the program and shared an additional 15 i-MiEVs.
Over the next three years, Hydro-Québec will oversee road tests to
evaluate the performance of 30 i-MiEV vehicles. The trials are designed
to study charging needs, driving habits and driver satisfaction as well
as the interaction between the vehicles and the electric grid.
The i-MiEV, which stands for Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle, is based on
the Japanese i-Car platform. It is an all-electric, highway-capable,
charge-at-home commuter car with zero tailpipe emissions. Capable of
travelling 120 km on a single charge, Mitsubishi's i-MiEV can be
recharged in 6 hours using a 240-volt outlet (or 13 hours using a
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 more information, visit www.mitsubishi-motors-pr.ca.
About Hydro-Québec 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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