"Electric cars are part of the sustainable transportation solution for British Columbia and I am pleased that the i MiEV will make its Canadian debut in Vancouver. By looking at new, innovative technologies, we can work toward achieving our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emission by 33 per cent by 2020," Environment Minister Barry Penner said in a release.
The agreement states that one car would be added to BC Hydro's fleet of company vehicles and another will go the city of Vancouver fleet. The cars will be used for both demonstrative and evaluation purposes. As soon as other i MiEVs become available, the agreement allows Mitsubishi to bring them to the Canadian city.
"I'm thrilled that Vancouver gets to debut the i MiEV. We want to make Vancouver the greenest city in the world, and supporting this early adoption of plug-in electric cars is one way that Vancouver is becoming a leader in green technology. Electric vehicles are an important way to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions when combined with improvements to transit, biking and walking," Gregor Robertson, Vancouver mayor added.
So far, the North American continent is under siege by Japanese manufacturers who try to both test vehicles and develop EV charging infrastructure. Rival company Nissan's program Zero Emission Partnership boasts a wide range on agreements, signed with city's and states all over the US and Japan.