Turn-over Ceremony of i-MiEV (Electric Vehicle)

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 received today one electric vehicle and a quick charging station from Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) in an official turn-over ceremony at DENR 7 Compound, National Government Center, Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City.

According to DENR 7 Regional Director Gilbert C. Gonzales, the i-MiEV electric vehicle and quick charging station handed over to DENR 7 are part of the donation made by MMPC to DENR last June 2017 wherein five units of Outlander PHEV, five units of i-MiEV and four units of EV quick charging stations were delivered to DENR Central Office.

The donation is a product of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the DENR and MMPC for the joint conduct of a study on reducing carbon emissions and strengthened partnership on promoting clean energy and environmental protection and conservation in the country.

“We are very fortunate that DENR 7 together with the Davao Region were chosen to receive these electric vehicles and charging stations from MMPC. We will make a good use out of it in our daily operations and step up our efforts in convincing other national government agencies and private partners to invest in clean technology to reduce carbon emissions to the environment coming from the transportation sector,” added Gonzales.

Data from the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) 7 accounted that one of the greatest factors to air pollution in Central Visayas is the rapidly increasing number of motor vehicles.

Gonzales also lauded the MMPC for the support and initiative to produce and promote the electric vehicle technology and the use of renewable energy over conventional cars which are highly dependent to fossil fuels that heavily threatens the environment including public health.

“This is a good start for us to showcase the benefits of the electric vehicle technology to various sectors including the academe. In line with our environmental education programs, we also intend to offer educational visits or exhibits to our youth to make use of this also for educational purposes,” informed Gonzales.

The turn-over ceremony was attended by MMPC President and CEO Mutsuhiro Oshikiri and Executive Vice-President for Marketing Department Taichi Nakajima with DENR 7 key officials and personnel.

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