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Philippines: Mitsubishi Motors Philippines collaborates with DoE, Meralco on Electric Car evaluation

MANILA, Philippines – Mitsubishi Motors Phils. Corp. (MMPC) announced last week an Electric Vehicle (EV) cooperation agreement with the Department of Energy (DOE) and Meralco, which mainly covers the use of Mitsubishi Motors’ zero emission electric car, the i-MiEV (i-Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle), for evaluation and demonstration purposes.

MMPC will be the first car manufacturer to bring in a pure electric car to the country.

This collaboration will entail MMPC lending demo cars of i-MiEV to both DOE and Meralco for the purpose of studying EV’s behaviors and performance when utilized in Metro Manila in various conditions, and also to examine the impact to power systems when an EV is charged.

The outcome of the evaluation will enhance the understanding of EV’s and determine the requirements to support the vehicles’ charging infrastructure. It will also be a preparatory step toward the possible future introduction and create greater public awareness of electric vehicles.

The ceremonial turnover was staged at the 2nd Electric Vehicle Summit 2012 held in Meralco Multipurpose Hall last week wherein MMPC President and Chief Executive Officer Hikosaburo Shibata presented to DOE Secretary Jose Almendras, and Meralco President Manuel Pangilinan the first i-MiEV unit to be used under this EV cooperation agreement. The theme of the summit was “Mobilizing the Region in Electric Vehicle Promotion and Development.”

MMPC was also invited as a resource company to the EV Summit to provide an overview of Mitsubishi Motors EV business being at the forefront of EV development

“This collaboration project is just timely given the various challenges the automobile is facing today which includes environmental pollution, global warming and the rising cost and depletion of petroleum-based energy supplies,” Shibata said.

“We are pleased to be the first auto manufacturer in the Philippines to collaborate with DOE and Meralco to evaluate the potential role of electric vehicles in the society and also addressing environment issues,” he added.

The EV Summit is part of the continuous effort of the government, NGO’s and private sectors to promote and develop green vehicles such as electric vehicles in response to the significant environmental and economic demands.
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