June 6, 2011
by Fleet Management staff
MONTREAL: Fifteen Mitsubishi i-MiEVs were delivered this morning to the Boucherville businesses selected for the second phase of the largest electric vehicle trial in Canada.
“We are delighted with the response we’ve received from Boucherville businesses. This second phase brings us to the very heart of the project, focusing on the needs of businesses and their employees who work in Boucherville,” noted Thierry Vandal, president and CEO of Hydro-Québec.
Coordinated by Hydro-Québec, the road trials are designed to study users’ charging habits, driving experience and overall satisfaction as well as vehicle behavior when interfaced with the electric grid. The initiative follows the Action Plan for Electric Vehicles unveiled by the Québec government last April 7.
“I hope that drivers working for the businesses selected in the second phase will be as delighted as I am to be driving an i-MIEV! The project has not only caught the attention of Boucherville businesses, but also sparked considerable interest among citizens,” declared Jean Martel, mayor of Boucherville and spokesperson for the project’s institutional users.
“Our partnership with Hydro-Québec and our joint pilot project have met with much success over the last four months,” said Koji Soga, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada. The data collected and monthly reports have demonstrated that the i-MiEV technology is well suited to the Canadian market. “The second phase of our program will help us better understand all-electric vehicles and will give them more visibility, allowing Québecers to become more familiar with this technology.”
The companies using the i-MiEVs are as follows:
- Danone Inc. (2 vehicles)
- La Rôtisserie St-Hubert de Boucherville (2 vehicles)
- Association des gens d’affaires de Boucherville
- Les Autobus Boucherville Inc.
- Caisse Desjardins de Boucherville
- Elka Suspension
- Les Fleurs de l’Artiste florist
- The Grand défi Pierre Lavoie
- Canam Group
- Universal Promotions
- RONA Inc.
- Uni-Select Inc.