Mitsubishi Motors concludes disaster cooperation agreements with Kochi Prefecture

Tokyo, November 11, 2019
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Tokyo, November 11, 2019 – MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORPORATION (MMC) announced on November 11 that it has concluded a disaster cooperation agreement with Kochi Prefecture together with Kochi Mitsubishi Motors Sales. As part of the DENDO Community Support Program, which aims to create systems throughout Japan to quickly provide MMC electric vehicles when disasters occur, MMC plans to sign the agreement with local governments across Japan by fiscal 2022. Kochi Prefecture is the 7th government to conclude the agreement.
Osamu Masuko, chairman of the board, MMC, today visited Kochi Prefecture, and signed the agreement with Vice Governor Takaaki Iwaki and Kochi Mitsubishi Motors Sales President Asao Hirota.
The purpose of these agreements is to eliminate time taken to confirm required information with local governments when disasters occur, and to quickly provide disaster-affected areas, evacuation sites and other places with MMC's electric vehicles such as Outlander PHEV, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, which can serve as power sources.
"We heard that Kochi Prefecture got heavily damaged by the intense rainfall in 1998," Masuko said. "We strongly hope that our products would help reduce social unrest by natural disasters and contribute to regional safety and relief."
When 2019 Typhoon 15 caused severe damage to Chiba Prefecture in September, MMC sent a total of 12 Outlander PHEVs to community facilities and other sites in the area as power source for household appliances. MMC will continue to provide speedy support for natural disaster affected areas.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is a global automobile company based in Tokyo, Japan, which has a competitive edge in SUVs and pickup trucks, electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The company launched the i-MiEV – the first mass-produced electric vehicle in 2009, which was followed by the OUTLANDER PHEV in 2013 – a plug-in hybrid market leader in Japan and Europe. Mitsubishi Motors has 30,000 employees and a global footprint with production facilities in Japan, Thailand, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Russia. Models, such as the PAJERO SPORT/MONTERO SPORT, TRITON/L200, OUTLANDER, ASX/OUTLANDER SPORT/RVR and XPANDER play a major role in achieving its growth. The global sales volume in fiscal year 2018 was 1,244,000 units, and the net sales of Mitsubishi Motors for fiscal year 2018 was 2.51 trillion yen. Mitsubishi Motors is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.