Vancouver Goes i-MiEV 13 Times

The City of Vancouver has elected to purchase 13 Mitsubishi i-MiEV hatchbacks for its city fleet.

These EVs will be used to replace gasoline-powered vehicles at the end of their useful life and with them, Vancouver now claims to have the greenest municipal fleet in Canada.

Deliveries have begun to the City of Vancouver – all 13 units will arrive by the end of 2012, with the potential of an additional 17 orders in 2013.

The City of Vancouver’s i-MiEV purchase is the largest of its kind since the car’s Canadian launch mid-December 2011.

“Vancouver just got a whole lot greener,” said Shin Fujioka, president & CEO of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada (MMSCAN). “The i-MiEV will support Vancouver’s ambition of becoming the world’s greenest city by 2020.”

He added that when an automobile actually contributes to (and does not detract from) a major city’s ecological goals, the world is changing for the better.

Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson said going green is good for business and taxpayers, and supports Vancouver’s Greenest City transportation goals.

Vancouver will pool its i-MiEVs among City staff to transport people, materials and equipment to meetings and worksites, and aims to fully utilize its efficiencies, range and cargo capacity. The City plans to install a number of Level Two 240-volt charging stations at city sites – capable of providing an i-MiEV with a full battery charge (from empty) in less than seven hours.

Without ever needing gasoline, or oil and filter changes, and significantly less maintenance requirements due to fewer moving parts, the city can anticipate significant cost savings with the i-MiEVs over time.

Compared to the vehicles being replaced, the city expects to save over $10,000 over five years in fuel costs alone.

According to MMSCAN, most Canadian i-MiEV sales have been to consumers. But fleet deliveries are also brisk with sales to British Columbia’s Saanich Police Department, the city of Calgary, city of Toronto, Hydro-Québec, Government of Quebec and Transport Canada, to name a few.

Since its launch last mid-December and to July 31, 2012, MMSCAN dealers have delivered 149 i-MiEVs across Canada.