Here's a bit of good news for green advocates: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has handed over five units each of the Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and i-MiEV, as well as four EV quick charger units to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The turnover took place at the 1st ASEAN Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Summit last week.
Intended for business use by DENR and other government agencies, the EVs have been delivered to fulfill a part of the memorandum of understanding between DENR and the Japanese automaker. Under said MOU, the electric cars will be part of a "joint study into environmental load reduction using electric technologies used in the environment-friendly models."
Mitsubishi wants to tap universities, electric companies and government administrations to be part the project, whose goal is to cut down carbon dioxide emissions and ease traffic jam in the country.
"The delivery of these vehicles and charger units is a vote of confidence in the electric technologies of Mitsubishi Motors," said MMC CEO Osamu Masuko. "We are pleased to be playing our part in helping reducing emissions in partnership with the DENR in the Philippines."
Powered by a 2.0-liter engine with Mitsubishi's plug-in EV system, the Outlander PHEV is said to have a fuel efficiency of 55.56km/L in hybrid mode. The i-MiEV, on the other hand, is no stranger to the Philippine government. Two test units of this electric car were loaned to the Department of Energy and Meralco in 2012 for examination and performance assessment on Metro Manila roads.