Mitsubishi Motors Philippines is collaborating with the Department of Energy and Meralco as part of the Electric Vehicle Cooperation Agreement signed by the three organizations. Under their combined effort, Mitsubishi will loan to the DOE and Meralco two test units each of the i-MiEV electric vehicle for one year to examine and understand the electric vehicle\'s performance when used in different conditions in Metro Manila. At the same time, it will generate better public awareness and establish the requisites needed to put up charging facilities.
The turnover was held at the 2nd Electric Vehicle Summit with Mitsubishi Motors Philippines president and chief executive Hikosaburo Shibata presenting the i-MiEV to DOE Secretary Jose Almendras and Meralco president Manny Pangilinan.
\"This collaboration project is just timely given the various challenges the automobile is facing today, which includes environmental pollution, global warming, and the rising cost and depletion of petroleum-based energy supplies,\" said Shibata. \"We are pleased to be the first auto manufacturer in the Philippines to collaborate with DOE and Meralco to evaluate the potential role of electric vehicles in the society and to also address environment issues.\"
Mitsubishi is now officially the first car manufacturer to bring in a fully electric car into the country.