Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation
Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation

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Mitsubishi Motors Philippines collaborates with DOE and MERALCO on i-MiEV Electric Car Evaluation

From Left to Right: Taizo Furuhashi - Executive Vice President, Mitsubishi Motors Phils. Corp., Honorable Francis Tolentino - MMDA Chairman, Manuel V. Pangilinan - President and CEO, Meralco, Honarable Sec. Jose Rene Almendras - Department of Energy, Honarable Usec. Cristino Panlilio - Department of Trade and Industry, Hikosaburo Shibata - President and CEO, Mitsubishi Motors Phils. Corp., Oscar Reyes - COO Meralco

Mitsubishi Motors Phils. Corp. (MMPC) is pleased to announce that an Electric Vehicle or EV Cooperation Agreement with the Department of Energy (DOE) and MERALCO is underway 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 auto manufacturer to bring in a pure electric car in the country given that its principal Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is in the forefront of EV development.

This collaboration project will entail MMPC to lend 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 examine the impact to power system when EV is charged. The outcome of the evaluation will enhance the understanding of EV and determine the requirements of supporting 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 wherein MMPC President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. 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. MMPC was also invited as a resource company in this EV Summit to provide an overview of Mitsubishi Motors EV business being in the forefront of EV development

Mr. Hikosaburo Shibata said that “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 added that “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.”

The EV Summit is part of the continuous effort of the government, non-government organizations and private sectors on the promotion and development of green vehicles such as electric vehicles, in response to the significant environmental and economic demands.

Organizing this summit are the Department of Trade and Industry, Manila Economic and Cultural Office, Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines, Meralco, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities and Partnership for Clean Air. This will be held on May 24 to 25, 2012 at the Meralco Multipurpose Hall. The theme is “Mobilizing the Region in Electric Vehicle Promotion and Development.

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