Agreement will bring Mitsubishi EV to Europe

Japan's Mitsubishi Motors Corp has formally signed an agreement on electric vehicles with France's PSA Peugeot-Citroen. The two carmakers announced in March that they would cooperate in developing and marketing electric cars.

The main outcome of the contract will be the development of an electric vehicle for the European market based on Mitsubishi's Japanese i-MiEV model. The vehicle will be sold in both Peugeot and Citroën versions. Production is planned to start in October 2010 for commercial launch in Europe by the end of 2010.

A Peugeot-Citroen spokesman said it aims to sell 25,000 of the vehicles annually.

Mitsubishi first launched the new-generation EV i-MiEV in Japan in June, and will begin global sales of the right-hand drive vehicle this year. The company plans to expand rollout of the i-MiEV in left-hand drive markets in fiscal year 2010.

In the UK, 25 i-MiEV cars will form part of a Government-backed low-carbon demonstrator project (Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrators), starting in November 2009.

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