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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.

[Source: Mitsubishi]


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.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Recap: Testing in UK, California, New Zealand and now Iceland. Mitsu is serious about this little car.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Personly i dont like GM, i mean mitsubishi is testing it everywhere and has the most range and space and stuff and all GM cares about is if the car looks good but thats just what i think personly i would buy the imiev
      • 6 Years Ago
      They will be well positionned to test this car in winter climate condition. If you remove the heater and keep your big coat and gloves then you might not be able to look through the winshield but you will have 5-10 miles more autonomy.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Gnash! Gnash! Gnash!... pace, pace, pace!! Isn't there anyway I could get an iMiEV in Michigan to test!! (and later buy!)
      • 6 Months Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Iceland's climate isn't as cold as, say, a lot of Scandinavia's is. Iceland is at the tail end of the gulf stream. It's no tropical paradise, mind you, and they do get a lot of snow and wind, but temperatures aren't as cold as a lot of other potential testing grounds.

      Anyways, anyone who reads this should see this as yet another nail in the coffin of hydrogen because Iceland has long been one of the biggest backers of a hydrogen economy. Now, they haven't renounced their hydrogen goals yet, but if there's a government testing program for electric cars, they're at least moving in that direction.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ANOTHER national test-fleet?! How many countries do they need to have begging, pleading for them to build the cars before they'll put them in show-rooms?
        • 6 Months Ago
        Japanese culture is like that.

        They don't want to lose face on a high profile project. They are making damn sure it is good before selling it the general public. If they screw up, they have to bow and fall on their swords.....You know what, I bet it will be a good product.

        OTOH GM won't mind blushing a little if the Volt is a flop. The Feds and taxpayers will take the sword for them. I have thought of a good place for a sword on Rick's anatomy.