Following a successful testing exercise conducted in December 2008, the Principality of Monaco, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Europe B.V. and MC Automobile (Europe) N.V.—a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation—signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding fleet testing of Mitsubishi Motors’ i MiEV electric vehicle with the Principality of Monaco.
A fleet of Mitsubishi i MiEVs will be supplied from the end of CY2009 to Monaco’s local community service organizations, including the post office, telecom office and other organizations including Monte Carlo SBM hotels and casinos.
The aim will be to monitor the real-life daily usage of these cars in a European environment, the fine-tuning of their technical specifications as well as exploring the market potential in Monaco for deployment of the forthcoming left-hand-drive i MiEV there through promotional activities.
Through this MoU, all involved parties demonstrate their shared interests in exploring electric vehicles. Monaco desires to secure a fleet of electric vehicles that emits the least amount of CO2 possible, to utilize for electric transport, and desires to become the forerunner for the implementation of electrical transport amongst countries worldwide. Mitsubishi Motors sees opportunities for collaborating with Monaco as a partner and as a test market for its i MiEV.