Mitsubishi i-MiEV Takes Part in Largest EV Trial in Canada

A fleet of Mitsubishi i-MiEVs were delivered this morning to the Boucherville businesses selected for the second phase of the largest electric vehicle trial in Canada, Hydro-Quebec announced today. The road trials are designed to study users' charging habits, driving experience and overall satisfaction as well as vehicle behavior when interfaced with the electric grid.

The initiative follows the Action Plan for Electric Vehicles unveiled by the Quebec government last April 7.

The second phase of the program will allow the trial of 15 electric vehicles by the following 13 Boucherville businesses, all selected through a request for proposals launched earlier this year: Danone Inc. (2 vehicles), La Rotisserie St-Hubert de Boucherville (2 vehicles), Association des gens d'affaires de Boucherville, Les Autobus Boucherville Inc., Caisse Desjardins de Boucherville, Elka Suspension, Les Fleurs de l'Artiste florist, The Grand défi Pierre Lavoie, Canam Group, Universal Promotions, RONA Inc., TM4, andUni-Select Inc.

“I hope that drivers working for the businesses selected in the second phase will be as delighted as I am to be driving an i-MIEV! The project has not only caught the attention of Boucherville businesses, but also sparked considerable interest among citizens," declared Jean Martel, Mayor of Boucherville and spokesperson for the project's institutional users.

"Our partnership with Hydro-Québec and our joint pilot project have met with much success over the last four months," said Koji Soga, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada. The data collected and monthly reports have demonstrated that the i-MiEV technology is well suited to the Canadian market. "The second phase of our program will help us better understand all-electric vehicles and will give them more visibility, allowing Québecers to become more familiar with this technology."
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