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Mitsubishi Motors Japan has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Motors, Mitsubishi Corporation Taiwan and the Hsinchu County government in the island nation's northwestern region. The main focus of the MoU is to promote the use of plug-in vehicles in Taiwan.

To that end, the Hsinchu County government will deploy Mitsubishi i-MiEVs taxis at the Taiwan High Speed Rail line's Hsinchu Station. In addition, the government will analyze the demand and marketability of plug-in vehicles and assess the need for tax incentives and charging stations.

Since launching in Japan, the i-MiEV has slowly rolled out internationally to Hong Kong, Australia, Costa Rica, Chile and 19 countries throughout Europe. This fall, Mitsubishi's plug-in hatch will hit dealerships in the U.S. and Canada.


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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation signs Memorandum of Understanding to Promote Electric Vehicles with Hsinchu County in Taiwan

Tokyo, June 15, 2011 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with China Motors Corp (CMC), MMC's business partner in Taiwan , Mitsubishi Corporation, (MC) and the Hsinchu County government in northwestern Taiwan regarding the promotion of electric vehicles (EVs).

The Hsinchu County government will introduce the i-MiEVs at the Taiwan High Speed Rail line's Hsinchu Station as a taxi. They will analyze the demand and marketability throughout its operation to go forward with verifying more specifics for EV popularization, such as tax incentives and charging infrastructure installation.

The i-MiEV will be introduced to CMC through MC, and will be utilized in the taxi project the Hsinchu County government will implement.

MMC President Osamu Masuko stated, "It is such a pleasure to be able to cooperate in EV popularization efforts with the Hsinchu government, who are dedicated in implementing advanced technologies and are proactive about making a low-carbon society possible. We will give our best effort in order to make this collaboration to be a model case of eco-car implementation in Taiwan."

After its launch in Japan, the i-MiEV has been sequentially rolled out internationally to Hong Kong, Australia, Costa Rica, Chile, 19 countries throughout Europe and also is planned for rollout the United States and Canada this fall. In addition, MMC is in cooperation with numerous governments in their EV popularization initiatives, including the Republic of Monaco, Iceland, Denmark, Singapore and Thailand.


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      porosavuporo
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi worldwide sales figures for i-Miev are still likely way ahead of both Leaf and Volt, but it doesnt get reported as much.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @porosavuporo
        Apparently: 'Mitsubishi intends to manufacture and deliver 25,000 i-MiEVs worldwide by the end of fiscal year 2011, a threefold increase over 2010. Including sales to individuals, businesses and government agencies, Mitsubishi reportedly aims to deliver 15,000 i-MiEVs overseas, mainly to Europe.' http://www.houseofjapan.com/auto-moto/mitsubishi-i-miev-25000-target That makes over 8,000 sold in 2010 alone, as against 7,500 Leaf cars up to the end of May 2011 for the Leaf. If Nissan and Mitsubishi both hit their targets then by the end of 2011 the Leaf will have sold around 20,000 vehicles with 2010 sales negligible, whilst Mitsubishi will have sold 33,000. If I were Canadian I know which battery I would prefer in the cold too!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is hardly the most exciting news about the Mitsubishi, unless one happens to live in Taiwan. The information that Mitsubishi is changing it's 16kwh of GS Yuasa batteries to a 10kwh Toshiba SCiB lithium titanate fast charging pack is, as is the fact that they reckon they can get similar range from the Toshiba's 10kwh to the present 16kwh pack: 'The SCiB supports 2.5 times more charge/discharge cycles than a typical lithium-ion battery, according to Toshiba. Charged with the highest current available with CHAdeMO, an SCiB reaches about 80% of full capacity in some 15 minutes, about 50% in 10% and about 25% in 5 minutes for a 10 kWh packā€”half the times of a typical lithium-ion battery charged under the same conditions. The SCiB also generates little heat while recharging, eliminating the need for power to cool the battery module.' The SCiB also offers a higher effective capacity than a typical lithium-ion battery, in that more of the stored charge can be used safely before recharging the battery. This, combined with highly efficient regenerative charging during braking or coasting downhill, allows the SCiB to deliver 1.7 times the driving distance per level of charge of a typical lithium-ion battery. This will allow for installation of smaller battery modules in vehicles and contribute to lower EV prices. The SCiB also offers high level performance in a wide range of temperatures, and continues to support rapid charging and excellent power output at temperatures as low as -30ºC.' http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/06/scib-20110617.html This pack has an energy density of 100wh/kg at the cellular level, and so should save quite a bit of weight. Mitsubishi is also producing a PHEV ASX crossover in 2012, with an all-electric range of perhaps 50km, 30 miles: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/motoring/news/article.cfm?c_id=9&objectid=10732003 I know which I would rather have between that and a Volt. The SCiB is also going into Honda's neo scooter, with a range of 21 miles and quick charge capability - price in Japan $5,627: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/06/evneo20110615.html Handy for apartment dwellers who can't easily plug in at home.
        Marco Polo
        • 4 Years Ago
        David, 24 million people live in the ROC! Mitsubishi is moving to shore up a significant market, where Mitsubishi once held a considerable advantage over Nissan. The ROC's main island of Taiwan is perfect for EV's, being only 394 km (245 mi) long and 144 kilometres (89 mi) wide. The central part of the island is mountainous and largely reserved as national parkland,.(about 16% of the total island). The roads are well designed, and maintained. Public transport is very comprehensive and the ROC s the world leader in garbage recycling. ROC electricity generation is nearly 55% coal-based, 18% nuclear power, 17% natural gas, 5% oil, and 5% from renewable energy sources. Nearly all Petroleum product's are imported. As a result, energy conservation and anything that helps reduce the dependence on imported energy, attracts considerable government support. The ROC is easily the most environmental conscious nation in Asia, and within the next two years,will locally manufacture EV's by Yulon Industries . Wind, Solar and Tidal, technologies are all represented, and Geo-thermal is just beginning. ROC has 6 Nuclear power plant's with 2 new plants being designed incorporating liquid fluoride thorium reactor technology. With a per capita income 10X greater than the PRC, and world class, battery, electronics, and EV component industries, it would appear to be a fairly important market for any EV manufacturer. GM has been foolish leaving the Taiwanese EV market to the Japanese and South Koreans.
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          Hi Marco, I am not dissing Taiwan, it is just that I am frustrated by ABG's lack of coverage of what is happening in so many areas of the EV and hybrid car market. The iMiEV will be available as the cheapest option for electric car buyers, with a revolutionary battery which will last the life of the car. They have orders for 100,000 of them through Peugeot/Citroen, and have produced more electric vehicles than anyone else. Mitsubishi are also to build 8 more hybrid and electric models by 2012, including the PHEV ASX in 2012, a small SUV or crossover. We seem to get loads of articles here on the latest Chevy Cruze, which may perhaps with a following wind get a couple of extra miles per gallon, whilst the truly revolutionary is rarely mentioned. The Volt and the Leaf are not all that is going on in the electric and hybrid car markets.
          Marco Polo
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          @David. Well I'm glad you are not disrepecting the ROC, or the island of Taiwan. ABG, does tend to derive most of its sources from US based feeds. But I concur with your point that relatively insignificant devlopemnts in ICE technology, seems out of place, when EV technology is racing ahead in so many places all over the globe. Still, all in all, the ABG team do their best, with limited resources, and try to cover most countries.
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          Marco, If you put in Mitsubishi or SCiB or whatever you will find that umpteen other blogs have covered this important development, even those who are not directly involved addressed to Green cars.
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