Montreal, Quebec – Ten all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEVs have been delivered to companies in Boucherville, kicking off the third and final phase of the largest electric vehicle (EV) trial in Canada. The project, which was launched in 2010, will continue until the end of 2013.
The project is overseen by Hydro-Québec, which will rate the performance of 30 i-MiEVs over three years. The trials are designed to study charging needs, driving habits, driver satisfaction, and the interaction between the cars and electric grid. The initiative is in line with the 2011-2020 Action Plan for Electric Vehicles, unveiled by the Quebec government last April.
“The project will provide us with new first-hand information about EV drivers’ habits and recharging needs,” said Pierre-Luc Desgagné, senior director of strategic planning for Hydro-Québec. “In the next year, we will be setting up the first 400-volt quick-charge station in Quebec, and in conjunction with the local St-Hubert restaurant, we’ll be trying it out on a daily basis. Everyone in the demonstration project will have access to it.”