Mitsubishi iMiev
Mitsubishi iMiev. Click image to enlarge

Montreal, Quebec – Hydro-Québec and Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada (MMSCAN) will launch Canada’s largest all-electric vehicle pilot project this fall. The companies made the announcement at the Montreal International Auto Show.

In collaboration with the City of Boucherville, Hydro-Québec will test the performance of up to 50 all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEVs on the road under a variety of circumstances, most notably winter conditions. The project, which is evaluated at $4.5 million, is the first of its kind to include a car manufacturer, a public utility, a municipality, and local businesses that will integrate the vehicles into their existing fleets. The trial is designed to study charging behaviour, the driving experience, and overall driver satisfaction.

Boucherville was selected due to its proximity to Hydro-Québec’s research institute, its role in Hydro-Québec’s upcoming interactive “smart zone” trial, and the diversity of its local businesses, including a Mitsubishi dealership.

“This new pilot project is part of our action plan for the electrification of vehicles,” said Thierry Vandal, Hydro-Québec’s president and CEO. “It will allow us to advance our knowledge of the technology and its integration into our grid which, in turn, will help us plan the necessary charging infrastructure for homes, offices and public places.”

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