Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) recently lent an i-MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) unit to Visayan Electric Company (VECO) for demo purposes.
VECO is the second largest electric utility in the Philippines. It serves the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay, Naga and four municipalities of the greater part of Metro Cebu - Liloan, Consolacion, Minglanilla and San Fernando.
Under the demo program, VECO will study and evaluate the behavior and performance of Mitsubishi Motors’ zero emission pure electric car , the i-MiEV, via actual usage on Cebu roads. This will also enable VECO to make an assessment on the power requirements including cost and other technical related issues.
In addition, this cooperation also aims to provide better knowledge, awareness, and appreciation on the EV technology.
“We are pleased to cooperate with VECO on the evaluation of our i-MiEV, pure electric car,” said MMPC First Vice President for Marketing Froilan Dytianquin.
He added that VECO will be able to use the car and understand its performance and charging requirements. We are also hoping that we can include VECO as one of our partners in raising awareness of the public that pure electric vehicles — in addition to being environment friendly — can be viable for daily use.
The i-MiEV is a compact eco-car which was launched by Mitsubishi Motors in 2009. With its zero carbon dioxide tailpipe emissions, the i-MiEV makes a valuable contribution to climate protection which also made it the recipient of the “Environment Special Grand Prize” at the 25th International Automobile festival in Paris.
According to the company, the i-MiEV is now available in many countries and regions all over the world, including Japan, Europe, Hong Kong, Australia, Estonia, United States and Canada.