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HONG KONG (Kyodo) Hong Kong on Friday concluded a deal with Mitsubishi Motors Corp. to secure a mass supply of the carmaker’s electric vehicle, the iMiEV, for road testing to start in May, the government said.

The test-drive agreement was first announced in February.

Hong Kong Environment Secretary Edward Yau was photographed behind the wheel of an iMiEV while visiting Japan on Friday. He also met with the carmaker’s president, Osamu Masuko.

“Securing the provision of iMiEVs in the immediate future is crucial for Hong Kong’s next phase of larger-scale testing, as the iMiEVs will not only be used and tested by the government, but also by business enterprises in Hong Kong,” Yau said in a statement.

Yau also signed a memorandum of understanding with Nissan Motor Co., under which a working team with representatives from the Hong Kong government and Nissan will be set up to “identify potential areas of cooperation on expanding the use of electric vehicles in Hong Kong.”

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