The government of Japan has delivered a fleet of 20 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs and 29 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs to the government of Costa Rica, as part of the Overseas Development Agreement between the two countries.
The new vehicles will be used by 15 government agencies and universities.
Costa Rica is a land of rugged terrain and many unpaved roads – SUVs and trucks with high ground clearance dominate the vehicle market. The Outlanders are sure to be a hit, but it’s difficult to imagine a less suitable environment for the tiny i-MiEV city car.
On the other hand, Costa Rica has long been a world leader in sustainability efforts, and has set a goal of becoming the world’s first “carbon-neutral” country by 2021. The Costa Rican Legislative Assembly recently considered legislation that would greatly expand the nation’s EV charging infrastructure.
“We are very pleased to be able to support the Costa Rican government’s efforts to embrace cleaner automotive technologies,” said Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko. “We hope these vehicles will contribute to Costa Rica’s transition to a low-carbon, sustainable economy.”