Mitsubishi Signs EV Treaty With Singaporean Government

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and its distributor in Singapore Cycle & Carriage Automotive (CCA) have signed a cooperation agreement to popularize electric vehicles with the Singapore government. The agreement implies that MMC and CCA will supply 25 i-MiEVs to the Economic Development Board of Singapore, including Singapore's Energy Market Authority and Land Transport Authority as part of a multi government agency EV task force from 2011.

The object of the agreement is to set up an EV charging infrastructure and evaluate the cost benefits of EVs for future adoption.

"We are delighted to welcome Mitsubishi Motors on board as the first major EV supplier for Singapore's EV test bed program. This test bed program is an excellent example of how Singapore presents itself as a Living Laboratory for auto-manufacturers, charging equipment suppliers and EV component players to explore R&D and capability development activities in Singapore. We see opportunities in areas such as battery management systems, power electronics and electric drive systems. Companies can leverage Singapore's electronics cluster and engineering talent to build new capabilities here," said Mr Leo Yip, Chairman, Singapore Economic Development Board.

"MMC is proud to be the part of EV test-bed in Singapore. We believe that Singapore is an ideal market for EV. Working together with the Singapore government and Cycle & Carriage Automotive, we would like to evaluate the performance of i-MiEV under the condition in Singapore and also promote the appeal of EV to Singapore citizen," said Mr Osamu Masuko, President of Mitsubishi Motors.

The i-MiEV is currently sold in Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. In addition, Mitsubishi has engaged in EV popularization programs with various governments around the world, including the governments of the Principality of Monaco, Iceland, Denmark, among others.
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