On December 22nd, the first day of winter, Mitsubishi Motors Canada handed over the keys to a Winnipeg man – the first Mitsubishi iMiEV to be delivered to a customer in Canada.
Ross Redman, of Winnipeg Manitoba, purchased and picked up his 2012 Mitsubishi iMiev from the Waverly Mitsubishi dealership. Ross knows that Winnipeg has one of the cleanest powers available, hydro-electric power, and that’s what he wants to use to power his new Mitsubishi i-Miev. Redman is an electronics technician, and he initially purchased the Mitsubishi iMiev because of it’s high torque performance, but he is now motivated to save the environment as well.
“Somehow we have to slow down our production of carbon dioxide. This is my contribution,” says Redman.
The Mitsubishi iMiev has no tailpipe – it’s a fully electric vehicle that produces no emissions.
At current hydro prices in Manitoba, it will cost about 80 cents to charge up the Mitsubishi iMiev. It will take about 15 to 20 hours to charge up the Mitsubishi iMiev using a standard 110V plugin.
Mitsubishi decided to launch it’s first Mitsubishi iMiev in Winnipeg because Redman was so determined to get one early on. Redman put a $5000 deposit down for a Mitsubishi iMiev four years ago. Mitsubishi Motors Canada vice president, Kenji Itoh, flew out from Toronto to present the Mitsubishi iMiev to Redman. “So for us, [he’s] a very important customer,” Kenji stated during the ceremony.
In collaboration with Hydro Quebec, the Mitsubishi iMiev has been fully winter tested and approved to stand up to Canada’s harsh winters.
There are currently no electric vehicle incentives in Manitoba, althouth Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia offer incentives. The Manitoba Electric Vehicle association has set a goal of 4000 electric vehicles on the roads by 2015. That number is proportionate to Obama’s goal of 1 million cars on US roads by 2015.