Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and its distributor in Singapore, Cycle & Carriage Automotive, said Friday they will work together to promote electric vehicles in Singapore.
The Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore, together with other government agencies, will set up an EV charging infrastructure network and evaluate the cost benefits of EVs for future adoption. Mitsubishi will supply 25 i-MiEV plug-in EVs from 2011 and cooperate in the taskforce's test efforts.
Leo Yip, chairman of Singapore’s Economic Development Board, said the country wants to be a “living laborary” for auto manufacturers, charging equipment suppliers and EV component makers.
“We see opportunities in areas such as battery management systems, power electronics and electric drive systems,” he said, adding that companies can leverage Singapore's existing electronics and engineering capabilities.
Mitsubishi Motors President Osamu Masuko said: “We believe that Singapore is an ideal market for EVs.”
Mitsubishi is currently selling the i-MiEV in Japan, Hong Kong, and Australia. The carmaker is already jointly promoting EVswith governments in Monaco, Iceland, Denmark and elsewhere.