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Mitsubishi signs MoU with the
Principality of Monaco regarding testing of i MiEV electric
Tokyo — Following a successful
testing exercise conducted in December 2008, the Principality of
Monaco, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Europe
B.V. and MC Automobile (Europe) N.V. - a subsidiary of
Mitsubishi Corporation - yesterday signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) regarding fleet testing of Mitsubishi
Motors' zero on-road emission i MiEV*1 electric vehicle with the
Principality of Monaco.
Through this MoU, all involved
parties demonstrate their shared interests in exploring electric
vehicles for the sake of sustainable mobility. Monaco desires to
secure a fleet of electric vehicles that emits the least amount
of CO2 possible, to utilize for electric transport, and desires
to become the forerunner for the implementation of electrical
transport amongst countries worldwide.
Mitsubishi Motors, as the
forerunner in the development of electric vehicles, sees
opportunities for collaborating with Monaco as a partner and as
a test market for its i MiEV.
As a result, a fleet of Mitsubishi
i MiEVs will be supplied from the end of CY2009 to Monaco's
local community service organizations, including the post
office, telecom office and other organizations including Monte
Carlo SBM hotels and casinos.
The aim will be to monitor the
"real-life" daily usage of these cars in a European environment,
the fine-tuning of their technical specifications as well as
exploring the market potential in Monaco for deployment of the
forthcoming left-hand-drive i MiEV there through promotional
Announced in October 2006, the i MiEV
represents the pinnacle of Mitsubishi Motors' green technologies.
Currently involved in testing and promotional activities in Japan, New
Zealand, Australia, the United States and across Europe, the i MiEV will
be launched in Japan during the summer of 2009.
*1 MiEV: Mitsubishi innovative Electric
(March 27, 2009)