Meralco, Mitsubishi Motors unveil e-vehicle charging station at DENR office

Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and power distributor Meralco unveiled last February 15 its electric vehicle (EV) quick charging station at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Central Office in Quezon City.

The charging station was donated by Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) after getting a grant from MMC, its mother company in Japan, for 10 EV units of Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) lines.

The i-MiEV is Mitsubishi’s five-door hatchback electric car, while the Outlander PHEV is the world’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle mid-size SUV.

“We are already working with the DENR to conduct a study on how to reduce carbon emissions through the use of electric vehicles. The creation of a charging infrastructure is a crucial step in enabling the market growth of electric vehicles in the Philippines,” said MMPC president and CEO Mutsuhiro Oshikiri.

Other EV charging stations lined up for installation at the DENR offices in Cebu and Davao, as well as the DTI office in Makati City, have also been donated by MMPC.

“Our partnership with the Philippine government provides a clear demonstration of how we at MMC and MMPC are working together with policy makers to encourage the adoption of cleaner fuels and to reduce CO2 emissions,” Oshikiri added.

MMPC commissioned Meralco’s subsidiary, MSERV, to construct the EV charging stations equipped with CHAdeMO quick charging technology.

The contraction comes from the Japanese phrase O cha demo ikagadesuka, which translates to “How about a cup of tea?”, in reference to the time it would take to charge the car.

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