Mitsubishi will supply 507 i-MiEV electric vehicles to the Estonian government, its biggest order to date for the vehicle.
The Estonian government plans to use these i-MiEVs in public facilities as part of its aim at realizing the widespread use of electric vehicles throughout the country.
The deal is linked to an agreement that trading house Mitsubishi Corp has concluded with the Estonian government to purchase 10 million tons of emissions rights from the country under the so-called green investment scheme.
Mitsubishi will also provide technical support to the Estonian Government in monitoring CO2 reductions effected by introducing i-MiEV. The vehicles will be shipped to the country by the end of fiscal 2011 ending in March next year.
Estonia has set of goal of achieving a 10% share of renewable energy use in the transport sector. The Estonian Government noted that, with a population of only around 1.4 million people, Estonia may end up possessing the most dense and modern EV charging infrastructure and with most electric cars per capita.
Mitsubishi i-MiEV first went on sale in July 2009 mainly towards fleet customers and for individual customers in April 2010 in Japan, gaining appraisal for its high environmental performances, quietness, comfortable ride and dynamic performance. The company has sequentially expanded its sales to global scale after its release in Japan to Hong Kong, Australia and Europe — and will start its sales in Canada and the United States this fall.