Vancouver will be the testing ground for the world’s first production-ready highway-capable electric car, the city announced yesterday.

By the end of the year, Vancouver will introduce one Mitsubishi i MiEV (Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle) to its fleet for demonstration and testing.

“Supporting this early adoption of plug-in electric cars is one way that Vancouver is becoming a leader in green technology,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

B.C. Hydro will also add one of the vehicles to its fleet. Both Hydro and the city have the option of adding more cars if they become available.

The i MiEV is being tested in a number of cities in Japan, New Zealand, Australia, the U.S. and Europe. It will be launched commercially in Japan this summer.

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