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It doesn't take much to have the biggest electric vehicle fleet in Canada. In fact, if you can get 51 EVs together, you win. The aspiring record-holder is Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada, which is about to bring "up to 50" i-MiEV all-electric cars to the Boucherville suburb of Montreal. Mitsubishi is partnering with Hydro-Québec to bring the EVs to the city in what the automaker is calling the, "largest Canadian project ever fielded to integrate, test, and evaluate all-electric vehicles on urban streets under real-world conditions." More information on who will be involved when were not released, but we can assume this will be a longish trial, since Mitsubishi is saying that the cars will be tested "in both fall and winter urban conditions." More details in this PDF.

[Source: Mitsubishi]


PRESS RELEASE

Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada, a Division of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, and Hydro-Québec Partner in Canada's Largest Electric Vehicle Project

Ambitious undertaking will put up to 50 i-MiEV all-electric cars on Boucherville roads

Tokyo, January 15, 2010 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced an unprecedented collaboration by its Canadian unit Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Inc. (MMSCAN) and Hydro-Québec that will put up to 50 zero-emission all-electric i-MiEV passenger cars on the streets of the City of Boucherville, an independent municipality and a suburb of Montreal, in the largest Canadian project ever fielded to integrate, test, and evaluate all-electric vehicles on urban streets under real-world conditions.

Announced also at the Montreal International Auto Show, the pilot program will expose fleet drivers from Boucherville, Hydro Québec, and other approved companies to the Mitsubishi i-MiEV all electric minicar, in both fall and winter urban conditions.

"We are very proud to be leading the way to a greener and more sustainable future by developing environment-friendly vehicles, fueled by clean, renewable energy," said Koji Soga, president and CEO of MMSCAN. "Mitsubishi Motors is a leader in electric car development and the i-MiEV represents the pinnacle of our green technologies. In the same sense, Hydro-Québec and the City of Boucherville are demonstrating their environmental leadership by participating in this unique initiative."

Hydro-Québec President and CEO Thierry Vandal said that the project is a vital element in the company's commitment to environmental stewardship. "Hydro-Québec is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by playing a key role in the electrification of transportation. This trial is designed to study the vehicles' charging behaviour, driving experience as well as overall driver satisfaction. It will also allow Hydro-Québec to evaluate the challenges involved in integrating electric vehicles into its grid."

"This is a truly exciting project for the City of Boucherville," said Boucherville Mayor Jean Martel. "We look forward to participating alongside our leading local businesses to help Hydro-Québec and Mitsubishi gather meaningful data."

About Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada
Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Inc. is committed to green technologies and Mitsubishi Motors Japan, is a world leader in electric car research and development. For further information, visit www.mitsubishi-motors-pr.ca

About Hydro-Québec
Hydro-Québec generates, transmits and distributes electricity. Its sole shareholder is the Québec government. It uses mainly renewable generating options, in particular hydropower, and supports the development of wind energy through purchases from independent power producers. It also conducts research in energy-related fields, such as energy efficiency. For more information on Hydro-Québec, please visit www.hydroQuébec.com or for details on its electric transportation plans, visit www.hydroQuébec.com/electrification-transport