Prince Albert of Monaco and Mitsubishi iMiEV
Although Monaco is, of course, better known for its Formula One Grand Prix, don't think that the country doesn't have a sensible side. In fact, HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco has demonstrated a significant commitment to environmental preservation and other green causes, and by all accounts he had a great test drive in the i MiEV. According to a press release we received yesterday, His Serene Highness (best term of address ever) said, "The vehicle I drove today is ready for practical use in a city area, the dynamics are very good and the performance suits the need. I would like to see this kind of zero emission vehicle in Monaco in the near future."
Which is great, but perhaps a bit vague, don't you think? I mean, he's just saying he wants to see that kind of car in Monaco, not necessarily the iMiEV itself--but then, perhaps the Prince is just standoffish. Mitsubishi is hoping that Monaco and other European nations feel a bit more committal by the time the car's planned launch in 2010.--Richard Read