Vietnam looks to promote use of EVs, Mitsubishi plugs in

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 16 Apr 2018


Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has announced the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Industry and Trade People's Committee of Da Nang City (DOIT) and handed over a series of new electric vehicles (EVs) in the city of Da Nang, Vietnam. 

Today's event follows the conclusion in January of an MOU through which Mitsubishi Motors and the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade committed to explore how best to promote the use of EVs in the country.  

Under the MoU, Mitsubishi Motors will provide two i-MiEV pure EVs, together with a further two Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid EVs and two quick battery charger units to DOIT. These vehicles will enable Mitsubishi Motors and the DOIT to study how EVs can reduce CO2 emissions and utilise popular sightseeing locations, specifically around Da Nang City and the Hoi An World Heritage site.

Vietnam is seeking ways to reduce CO2 emissions and to produce cleaner air and greener cities. Da Nang City launched an Environment City Plan in 2008, with the aim of transforming itself into an Environmental City by 2020.

Mitsubishi Motors, a global leader in plug-in hybrid EVs, says it is continuing to work to expand the use of EVs across the ASEAN region. Mitsubishi Motors has over 150,000 electric and plug-in hybrid EVs on the road today (of which 144,000+ are Outlander PHEVs), and its continued investments in PHEV and EV technologies mean this number is set to increase.

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is the sixth largest automaker in Japan and the 16th largest in the world. It is part of the Mitsubishi keiretsu, formerly the biggest industrial group in Japan, and was formed in 1970 from the automotive division of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. From October 2016, Mitsubishi is one-third owned by Nissan, and a part of the Renault - Nissan - Mitsubishi Alliance.