The latest expansion of Mitsubishi's electric car program will be made official today in Iceland. The small North Atlantic nation will join the test efforts for the Mitsubishi iMiEV during 2009. Iceland's president Olafur Ragnar Grimsson will be signing a memorandum of understanding with the Japanese automaker to bring the diminutive EV to the island. Iceland has already been active for nearly three decades in making its energy supplies renewable. Virtually of all Iceland's electrical power comes from geothermal or hydro power.
Mitsubishi Motors signs Memorandum of Understanding with government of Iceland regarding testing of i MiEV electric vehicle
Tokyo, September 19, 2008 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will today sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding fleet testing of its zero-emissions i MiEV electric vehicle with Iceland's Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. Iceland has aggressive plans to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels; proposed testing of the electric car would begin during 2009.
The president of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, is scheduled to test drive the car in relation to the MoU signing.
Since 1980, Iceland has been making inroads toward a shift to sustainable energy, and at present the nearly 100% of the country's electric power needs are met by hydroelectric and geothermal sources. Iceland has set high environmental targets, receiving global acclaim as a clean energy leader.
In Japan, the zero-emissions i MiEV electric vehicle is currently in fleet testing with seven electric power companies, and is currently in development for a 2009 launch.