Now that Mitsubishi is actually building (albeit very slowly, for now) production examples of the electric iMiEV, it is starting to distribute them. The latest deployment is at the Frankfurt Airport in Germany. There are currently about 3,000 vehicles of various types being operated in and around the airport. By 2015, the owner of the facility wants 20 percent of the fleet to be battery powered. By the end of the next decade, over 60 percent of the airport vehicles are planned to be electrified. For now, there are two iMiEVs on site. Applications like airport operations are well suited to these early electric vehicles since they rarely go very far afield. Combined with relatively low operating speeds, the range limitations of cars like the iMiEV (an optimistic 100 miles on the Japanese 10/15 urban drive cycle) should be less of a problem. Implementing charging points at the various terminals will be less of a problem as well.
MITSUBISHI MOTORS' i-MiEV Promotion at Frankfurt Airport Begins
Hattersheim, Germany, August 19th, 2009 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), along with its German distributor Mitsubishi Motors Deutschland (MMD), is providing 2 new-generation electric vehicle (EV) i-MiEVs to Fraport AG, the owner of the Frankfurt Airport, one of Europe's major hubs in a major promotion for the vehicle.
The Frankfurt Airport, the 3rd largest airport in Europe and the largest in Germany, as part of its plan to incorporate eco-friendly vehicles into its fleet, has decided to incorporate EVs in its fleet. Currently, Frankfurt Airport operates about 3,000 vehicles. Moving forward, Fraport AG plans to increase the share of EV vehicles in its fleet to 20% by 2015 and by more than 60% from 2020 onwards. In parallel, a network of quick chargers will be implemented all through the airport.
During the hand-over ceremony on August 18th, Dr. Stefan Schulte, Deputy Chairman of Fraport AG said: "i-MiEV's evaluation at Frankfurt Airport marks a further milestone in Fraport's sustainability strategy. With respect to the reduction of CO2 emissions, electric mobility at Frankfurt airport - along with the better energy efficiency of the terminals and other buildings - is an essential starting point." He added: "Pure EVs with a range of up to 160km are ideal for use for short range airport traffic."
Currently involved in testing and promotional activities in New Zealand, the United States and across Europe, the new-generation EV i-MiEV was launched in Japan end of July starting with fleet & corporate customers. Individual customers will follow from April 2010.