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The Mitsubishi i-MiEV’s Next Stop is Thailand

Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV, whatever its reception in the American market, is moving all over the world. The latest stop for the super-cute little EV is Thailand, where Mitsubishi Motors Thailand and the Thai company NED have signed a memorandum of understanding.

NED (Natural Energy Development Co., Ltd.) is a power company devoted to developing renewable energy. Currently, NED is building one of the largest solar power plants in the world in central Thailand’s Lopburi Province. When completed, the plant will have an output of 73 megawatts.

Where Does Mitsubishi Come In?

Mitsubishi Motors Thailand (MMTh), with the full understanding and cooperation of Mitsubishi Motors, is undertaking a joint research project with NED and the Thai federal government to test the feasibility of electric vehicles. The vehicle of choice for the test is the versatile i-MiEV.

The partnership with Thailand’s federal government goes all the way back to late 2010, when Mitsubishi conducted a number of driving tests. The tests apparently went well, as a second round of tests were conducted nine months later. The 2011 test run also saw Thailand’s metropolitan power distribution companies and their provincial subsidiaries participating, as well as the oil company PTT Public.


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