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The Republic of Estonia aims to lead the world in terms of plug-in vehicles per capita and has kicked off its drive to the top by inking a deal that will have Mitsubishi shipping 507 i-MiEVs over to the northern European state by March of 2012. In addition, Estonia will install approximately 250 quick-charge stations, allowing most battery-powered cars to be charged to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes or less.

Under the terms of this rather unusual agreement, Mitsubishi will buy ten million tons of emissions rights from Estonia. Meanwhile, the Estonian government will take that money and spend it to support measures aimed at increasing the widespread use of plug-in vehicles. Looks like some mutual back scratching is going on here, the good kind.

Estonia claims that with a population that's just shy of 1.4 million, it may end up possessing the densest and, possibly even the most modern, plug-in vehicle charging infrastructure in the world. Many thanks to the tipsters!

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