Koji Soga_Minister Shawn SkinnerSt. John’s, Newfoundland – An electric Mitsubishi car, the i-MiEV, has left Signal Hill in Newfoundland for the start of a 28-day, 7,500-km journey across Canada.

Koji Soga, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada, and Shawn Skinner (both pictured), Minister of the Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, unplugged the car and sent it on its journey yesterday.

“Built on the proven i-car platform, the i-MiEV is full of innovation and has proven itself as a no-compromise urban vehicle,” Soga said. “This is the first of many steps to introduce Mitsubishi’s technology and the i-MiEV to Canadians. We expect to learn valuable lessons about the performance of electric vehicle operation in Canada. The i-MiEV has been on sale in Japan for over a year now, and has performed beyond customers’ expectations.”

The i-MiEV will be sold in select Canadian cities, beginning in the fall of 2011. It uses a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack located under the vehicle floor, and can be charged on 110 volts, 220 volts, or a quick charge that charges the batteries to approximately 80 per cent in 30 minutes.

The event, called the Clean Across Canada tour, will end in Victoria. The car will then be taken to the Electric Vehicle 2010 Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver on September 13. To follow the tour, visit Clean Across Canada.

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