Hydro-Quebec Plans Cold Weather Electric Car Trials

50 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars to begin Canadian climate trials this fall.

Published: 18-Jan-2010

OTTAWA -- Quebec's power utility is teaming up with Mitsubishi Motors to road test the performance of up to 50 all-electric vehicles against the rigors of the Canadian climate and measure their infrastructure needs.

The C$4.5 million ($4.4 million) project, which organizers say will be Canada's biggest trial yet of all-electric vehicles, is planned for this autumn near the Boucherville research facility of Hydro-Quebec, the provincial government-owned electricity utility.

“It will allow us to advance our knowledge of the technology and its integration into our grid, which in turn, will help us plan the necessary charging infrastructure for homes, offices and public places,” said Thierry Vandal, Hydro-Quebec's chief executive.

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