Former Tobacco Factory Transformed into Mitsubishi-Backed Electric Vehicle Research Center in Spain
MAY 2 2013 BY STAFF
Tobacco is out. Electric vehicles are in.
Mitsubishi Motors has teamed up with Spanish utility Endesa to convert a former tobacco factory in Spain over to a research center dedicated to electric vehicles.
The center, located in the southern Spanish city of Malaga, opened its doors for the first time last Thursday. The site will be initially used as part of a $78 million pilot project “aimed at achieving mass access to e-mobility,” says Endesa.
The idea here is to study the impact of electric vehicles on the city of Malaga and to determine what’s needed to support widespread EV use in Spain.
160 resident of Malaga received an undisclosed type of electric vehicle (we assume i-MiEVs) and 229 charging points were installed at homes of the pilot project participants and at several workplaces.
Jointly, Mitsubishi and Endesa stated:
“The use of electric vehicles in Malaga will provide comprehensive information on the impact of these vehicles, and the requirements for a large-scale implementation of electric vehicles in society.”
In addition to the pilot project, the research center features an educational area that’s open to the public. As we’ve stated in the past, education is key.