Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Industry and Trade People’s Committee of Da Nang City (DOIT). The automaker also handed over several new electric vehicles (EVs) during the ceremony in Da Nang, comprising two i-MiEV pure EVs, two Outlander PHEVs and two quick battery charger units.

The partnership will help Vietnam explore the best way to promote EV uptake in the country, and the vehicles will enable both parties to conduct studies on how EVs can reduce CO2 emissions. Popular sightseeing locations around Da Nang City and the Hoi An World Heritage site will be used as venues for the study.

Vietnam aims to seek ways to reduce CO2 emissions, specifically to tackle air pollution caused by transportation. It also wants to produce cleaner air and greener cities – Da Nang City has launched an Environment City Plan in 2008, with the aim of transforming itself into an Environmental City by 2020.

Mitsubishi first entered the Vietnamese market in 1994 and this initiative serves to reflect its support for Vietnam’s transition to a mature, low carbon economy. This isn’t the first time the Japanese carmaker has done such a thing, as it had also sent electrified vehicles to Indonesia previously. Currently, it has over 150,000 units of electric and plug-in hybrid EVs on the road today, of which 144,000+ are Outlander PHEVs.