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Mitsubishi, Hitachi to take part in $60m Spanish EV project

27 Jan 2012

Japanese electronics companies Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Hitachi have been selected as contractors for the Smart Community System Demonstration Project in Spain.

They were chosen by New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) following a feasibility study conducted from March to October last year.

The project will demonstrate various systems necessary for the establishment of a cleaner transport infrastructure. It is aligned with the Malaga smart city programme and is expected to have a budget of around ¥5bn ($65m), lasting from now until 2016.

It will include the installation of high-speed electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, an EV management centre, creation of a smart grid electricity monitoring system, as well as the development if an integrated service system based on the data accumulated by the EV management facility.

Around 40 per cent of Spain’s energy consumption is used in the transport sector, the majority of which relies on fossil fuels. The country is looking to increase the take up of EV, with a target of increasing the number registered to 250,000 by 2014.

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