Thierry Vandal,
President & CEO,
Hydro-Québec
 
Montreal, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- January 18, 2010 - Hydro-Québec and Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Inc. have entered into a memorandum of understanding that will lead to the launch of Canada’s largest all-electric vehicle pilot project this coming fall.

In collaboration with the City of Boucherville, Hydro-Québec will test the performance of up to 50 all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEVs on the road under a variety of circumstances, notably winter conditions. The project, which is evaluated at $4.5 million, is the first of its kind to include the participation of a car manufacturer, a public utility, a municipality and local businesses that will integrate the vehicles into their existing fleets. The trial is designed to study the vehicles’ charging behavior, the driving experience and overall driver satisfaction.

“This new pilot project is part of our action plan for the electrification of vehicles,” commented Thierry Vandal, Hydro-Québec’s president and CEO. “It will allow us to advance our knowledge of the technology and its integration into our grid, which in turn, will help us plan the necessary charging infrastructure for homes, offices and public places.”
 
The City of Boucherville was selected as the project’s host municipality due to its proximity to Hydro-Québec’s research institute (IREQ), its role in Hydro-Québec’s upcoming interactive smart zone trial and the diversity of its local businesses. The availability of a local Mitsubishi dealership to oversee the i-MiEVs’ maintenance was also part of the selection criteria.

“We are very proud to be leading the way to a greener, more sustainable future by developing environment-friendly vehicles fueled by clean, renewable energy,” said Koji Soga, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada. “The i-MiEV represents the pinnacle of our green technologies. In the same sense, Hydro-Québec and the City of Boucherville are demonstrating their environmental leadership by participating in this unique initiative.”

The i-MiEV won the Japanese Car of the Year award for “Most Advanced Technology” at the recent 2009 Tokyo International Motor Show.