Tokyo, Japan – Mitsubishi has signed a memorandum with Ireland to further promote the electric vehicle (EV) industry in that country, while Ireland’s first EV trial project, at Trinity College Dublin’s School of Engineering on behalf of the Irish Electricity Supply Board (ESB), has started on the same day.
As part of the trial, the all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV will be used throughout Ireland to support the planning and implementation of the ESB nationwide charging infrastructure. The parties intend to make the vehicles available to a wide range of users, both residential and pilot corporate customers, and to promote EVs in light of recently-announced Irish government incentives. The government has set a target of 10 per cent of all vehicles on Irish roads to be electric by 2020.
Also included in the trial is a smart home charging system, which will allow the cars to maximize the amount of energy they get from renewable sources, while facilitating the operation of the electricity system. The ESB has committed to installing 1,500 publicly-accessible charging stations, 2,000 domestic charging points, and 30 fast-charging units throughout Ireland by the end of 2011.
“The i-MiEV is one of the first consumer electric vehicles to be launched in Europe and is set to revolutionize the way we think about cars,” said Akinori Nakanishi, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Europe. “It is the pinnacle of Mitsubishi Motors’ environmental technology and a symbol of our commitment to reducing our impact on the planet. We see Ireland as a very important market for electric vehicles and are delighted to be announcing this (memorandum) with the Irish government and ESB.”