MONTREAL, Jan. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Hydro-Québec and Mitsubishi Motor Sales
of Canada Inc. (MMSCAN) are pleased to invite local Boucherville
businesses to participate in Canada's largest all-electric vehicle
pilot project. Currently, five i-MiEVs are being tested by employees
from the City of Boucherville, the Centre de santé et de services
sociaux Pierre-Boucher and Hydro-Québec. It is expected that by
mid-2011,about fifteen i-MiEVs will be made available to local
businesses for integration into their fleets and testing of the
vehicle's innovative technology.
"In addition to helping reduce green house gas emissions, participating
businesses will help Hydro-Québec gather valuable data that will serve
to plan charging infrastructure and assess customers' needs with
greater precision" noted Pierre-Luc Desgagné, Senior Director,
Strategic Planning and Government affairs at Hydro-Quebec. "The diverse
range of users and needs targeted by this trial are instrumental to its
Businesses interested in participating in the program can do so by
completing the form on the City of Boucherville's web site, www.boucherville.ca, by February 11, 2011. Companies who meet the program criteria will
receive notification of their selection in upcoming weeks.
"A number of Boucherville companies have already asked to participate in
this electric vehicle trial. We hope that many other companies in
Boucherville will follow suit and experience driving with
electric-vehicles firsthand," said Jean Martel, mayor of Boucherville
and spokesperson for the project's initial phase. "I can assure anyone
in doubt that electric vehicles deliver a pleasant driving experience.
In addition to helping reduce C02 emissions and benefitting from less noise and motor vibration,
participants can also take pride in the fact that they are part of a
historic project taking place right here, in Boucherville!"
Participants must drive an average of 50 km per day using both highways
and local streets during their routes. They must also have access to a
dedicated parking spot at work and a garage at home where charging
stations can be installed, and be able to incorporate charging time
into their daily routine.
Nathalie Chauvin, Technical services Director at the Centre de santé et
de services sociaux Pierre-Boucher, stated: "I am very pleased that two
of our staff members are taking part in this innovative project. Our
establishment hopes to pursue this experience in the future."
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 240 volt outlets,
13 hours using 120 volt outlets or 30 minutes to replenish 80 % of the
battery using a quick charge station.
Mr. Koji Soga, President and CEO of MMSCAN, stated: "Mitsubishi is very
proud of its strong partnerships with Hydro-Québec and the City of
Boucherville. As electric vehicles launch on the market, we wish to
point out that the City of Boucherville is at the heart of electric
vehicle initiatives, much like San Francisco in the USA. This i-MiEV
trial is very important for MMSCAN because it is our first massive
deployment of all-electric vehicles under "real life" driving
conditions, in a region featuring one of Canada's most diverse
Over the next three years, Hydro-Québec will be leading road tests to
evaluate the performance of up to 50 all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEVs,
enabling it to test the performance of electric vehicles under a
variety of circumstances. The first of its kind in Canada, the project
has been designed to study user charging habits, driving experience and
overall satisfaction as well as vehicle behaviour when interfaced with
the electric grid. Data collected during the tests will also contribute
to Hydro-Québec's planning of the future electric vehicle charging
Already available in Japan, the i-MiEV will be introduced on the Québec
and Canadian markets 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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