The Mitsubishi i-MiEV's Next Stop is Thailand

i-MiEV in ThailandMitsubishi’s i-MiEV, whatever its reception in the American market, is moving all over the world. The latest stop for the super-cute little EV is Thailand, where Mitsubishi Motors Thailand and the Thai company NED have signed a memorandum of understanding.

NED (Natural Energy Development Co., Ltd.) is a power company devoted to developing renewable energy. Currently, NED is building one of the largest solar power plants in the world in central Thailand’s Lopburi Province. When completed, the plant will have an output of 73 megawatts.

Where Does Mitsubishi Come In?

Mitsubishi Motors Thailand (MMTh), with the full understanding and cooperation of Mitsubishi Motors, is undertaking a joint research project with NED and the Thai federal government to test the feasibility of electric vehicles. The vehicle of choice for the test is the versatile i-MiEV.

The partnership with Thailand’s federal government goes all the way back to late 2010, when Mitsubishi conducted a number of driving tests. The tests apparently went well, as a second round of tests were conducted nine months later. The 2011 test run also saw Thailand’s metropolitan power distribution companies and their provincial subsidiaries participating, as well as the oil company PTT Public.

EVs are clearly cleaner and greener when powered by renewable energy – there’s not much point in zero emissions from the tailpipe if the plant generating the electricity is belching out coal smoke. Enter NED and their massive solar power plant, which could be a major contributing factor in a potential nation-wide EV charging network, and the memorandum of understanding geared toward finding the best way to market EVs in Thailand.

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Charis Michelsen

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.