Mitsubishi to Unveil Two New Concept EV Designs at Geneva
Mitsubishi is set to reveal two new electric concept cars at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, next to the new Outlander PHEV.
Concept GR-HEV – The Sport Utility Hybrid Truck
If electric vehicles are to have a significant impact on the environment, they should be able to attract a wide spectrum of customers with a full palette of EV-based vehicles across the range, from small run-a-bouts to big SUVs, each using a dedicated application of the technology (EV, HEV or PHEV).
In this respect, the all-new Outlander PHEV already combines an EV powertrain with a long-haul D-Segment crossover body type.
So the next step for Mitsubishi will be to expand further, adapting electric componentry to the demands of an even larger, tougher, sportier vehicle with both work and leisure in mind in either mature or emerging markets. This was the brief behind Concept GR-HEV, where Mitsubishi have taken Hybrid (HEV) technology and applied it for the first time to a one-tonne pickup truck.
The Concept GR-HEV also uses Mitsubishi’s full-time 4WD technology, featuring the Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system driveline. The truck has also been developed with a target for CO2 emissions of below 149 g/km.
A chunky, rugged styling profile is expected when the concept is fully disclosed.
Concept CA-MiEV – The Suburban EV
Supported by three years of i-MiEV global customer feedback as well as new developments in battery technology and electric drivetrains, Mitsubishi now considers taking pure EVs beyond a mostly urban environment with a next generation compact EV.
As a showcase of the various technologies that the car maker intends to introduce across its range of global vehicles, the Concept CA-MiEV vehicle will accommodate next generation EV systems and high density batteries. Lightweight with efficient aerodynamics, the CA-MiEV will offer a 300 km driving range.
Further real-world features include magnetic resonance wireless charging technology and smartphone activated functions.
Mitsubishi started research and development on electro-mobility back in 1966. From the i-MiEV in 2009 and a self-imposed objective of 20% of EV-based cars by 2020, the company has already taken several steps in this direction as demonstrated with the all-new Outlander PHEV and its “Dual Design” architecture.
Expanding further, Mitsubishi now intends to explore the full electro-mobility engineering palette – Pure Electric (EV), Hybrid Electric (HEV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric (PHEV).