Japanese auto maker Mitsubishi Motors has signed a cooperative memorandum of understanding to popularise of electric vehicles (EV) with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), a program of former US presidents trust, William J. Clinton Foundation.
Mitsubishi says the move is in keepingg with its aim to lead the EV era, towards a sustainable future as laid out in its "Mitsubishi Group Environmental Vision 2020."
The move is also part of the C40 Electric Vehicle Network, announced on 16 December at the Climate Summit for mayors in Copenhagen.
The C40 is a group of cities that are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, of which CCI is the implementation partner. The Clinton Climate Initiative works with C40 partner cities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through projects such as energy efficiency building retrofits, waste management and transportation.
C40 is a group of the world's largest cities committed to tackling climate change. It includes Addis Ababa, Athens, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Caracas, Chicago, Delhi, Dhaka, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Karachi, Lagos, Lima, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Mexico City, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Toronto, Tokyo, and Warsaw.
Through the newly formed C40 Electric Vehicle Network, some of the world's largest cities have committed to take steps over the next year to collectively address the key areas of municipal action critical to successful introduction of electric vehicles.
Mitsubishi has agreed to work together with the Clinton Climate Initiative and the C40 Electric Vehicle Network to help develop cities' electric vehicle policies, vehicle procurement and infrastructure decisions through advice on vehicle specifications, charging parameters and incentives.
The car maker has a stated goal of having 20 per cent of total production as either electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles by 2020. It also introduced the new-generation MMC electric vehicle, the i-MiEV, in Japan this summer and has already delivered more than 800 of these innovative vehicles to date with plans to roll out the vehicle globally.
The cooperation between the Clinton Foundation and Mitsubishi covere:
- Exchange information regarding EVs
- Promote development of demand for EVs in C40 cities
- Promote the expansion of EV charging infrastructure in C40 cities
- Gather and share data on EV usage in C40 cities