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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-MiEV
s 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.
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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.