As Mitsubishi prepares for its electric car, the i MiEV, to go on sale this summer in Japan and the UK, more territories wishing to try it out on their own streets are coming forward. We can now add the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, known to most of us simply as "Hong Kong," to a list that includes Finland, New Zealand and the U.S.

Universal Cars Ltd, the Hong Kong distributor for MiMoCo, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) with the Environment Bureau today that could see the little electric jellybean rolling down Hong Kong Streets by May. The trial is seen as a precursor to the vehicle being offered for sale there and will examine such issues as market acceptability and the "suitability of the charging infrastructure." China is also home to several automakers with their own electric car ambitions. BYD is supposed to begin selling its all-electric e6 later this year and Chery just revealed a prototype of their S18. Press release after the break.


[Source: Mitsubishi]

PRESS RELEASE:

Mitsubishi Motors signs MoU with Hong Kong Environment Bureau regarding testing of i MiEV electric vehicle

Tokyo, February 26, 2009 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), in cooperation with its Hong Kong distributor Universal Cars Ltd., today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Environment Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China regarding local evaluation of the zero-emissions i MiEV*1 electric vehicle.

As an investigative step toward possible future introduction of the electric vehicle, the proposed project would begin as early as May 2009 and would examine issues including market acceptability, as well as incentives and structural issues such as the suitability of the charging infrastructure.

Announced in October 2006, the i MiEV represents the pinnacle of Mitsubishi Motors' green technologies. Currently involved in testing and promotional activities in Japan, New Zealand, the United States and across Europe, the i MiEV will be launched in Japan during the summer of 2009.

*1 MiEV: Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle


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