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MMC, PTT to jointly test electric vehicles

ABR Staff Writer Published 21 September 2011

Mitsubishi Motors Thailand (MMTh), MMC's subsidiary in Thailand, signed an agreement with PTT Public (PTT), a Thailand-based energy company, to jointly test the i-MiEV new-generation electric vehicle (EV).

Following the agreement between the government of Thailand and MMC concluded on December 2010 for a joint study of fleet EV testing, MMTh has started specific testing with two power companies; Metropolitan Electricity Authority and PEA ENCOM.

As per the new agreement, MMC will support its efforts towards the adoption of EVs in Thailand, such as researching its' consumer acceptability, marketability, as well as charging infrastructure.

PTT is planning to install a quick charger at the PTT Research and Technology Institute by the end of this year, so both the companies will cooperate in the research and the development of EV charging infrastructure.

Following the launch of the i-MiEV in Japan, it has been rolled out internationally to Hong Kong, Australia, Europe, and other markets, and is planned for rollout in the US and Canada later this year.

Additionally, MMC is in cooperation with numerous governments in their EV popularization initiatives, including the Principality of Monaco, Iceland, Denmark, and Singapore.