One of Canada’s largest utility providers, Hyrdo-Québec, is deploying fifteen Mitsubishi i-MiEV cars to businesses in Boucherville, a suburb of Montréal. Although the specific businesses were not listed, the government-owned utility says the rollout is the second phase of a larger program that begin last April that seeks to progress electric vehicle adoption in the region.
We recently reported that Hydro-Québec is planning to install three million smart meters under a $350 million program that is expected to run until 2017. Because the utility produces a good deal energy from hydro-electric power, as their name suggests, the electricity used to fuel green cars is much cleaner.
The i-MiEV is equipped with a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery and a 49 kilowatt rear motor, giving the car an 85 mile range and a top speed of 80 miles per hour. Currently, it seems to be the best poised large scale electric car to potentially compete with the Nissan Leaf.
Businesses in Boucherville will be testing charging habits, driving experience and overall satisfaction, especially in relation to the smart grid, which has been somewhat of a concern here in America.