Last February 28, 2017, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regarding a joint study into environmental load reduction using the electric-powered technology employed in MMC's I-MiEV EV and Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid EV models.

Mitsubishi eyes joint study with DENR to determine EV viability.

MMC President and CEO, Osamu Masuko stated, "We want to contribute to a more mobile society. The joint study with the Philippines DENR addresses how to lower the environmental impact to society through automotive electrification, utilizing our electric car i-MiEV, the first mass-marketed EV, and our popular plug-in hybrid Outlander. When the project becomes concrete, we would like to extend the participation to other Philippine governmental institutions and research institutions including universities, and electric companies."

"I'm thrilled to be sigining this agreement with Mitsubishi Motors who will help make our country beautiful and help us cope with climate change," said Gina Lopez, DENR Secretary.

Also part of MMC's committment to the environment, the Japanese automaker will support the DENR's environment enrichment program by helping plant at least 100 hectares of bamboo and mangrove in different parts of the country.