Mitsubishi has announced that next month at the Geneva Motor Show they will debut two brand new concept vehicles indicating where they thing the future of plug-in electric vehicles is going.
Adding to the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV that is already on sale in Japan, Mitsubishi says the GR-HEV concept would be an ideal addition to their lineup. The GR-HEV concept is a sport utility hybrid pickup, with 4wd and a diesel hybrid system. Mitsubishi said the “high fuel-efficiency clean diesel engine with a high-output motor and battery system achieves on-road CO2 emission levels of below 149 g/km to give it environmental performance among the best in its class.”
In addition to the GR-HEV, Mitsubishi will also unveil a concept CA-MiEV. Thanks to over 3 years of feedback from the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and advancements in battery and electric vehicle technology, Mitsubishi’s concept CA-MiEV will accommodate a next generation EV system with high density batteries. Mitsubishi has worked on aerodynamics and lightweight building materials and says the CA-MiEV will “offer a 300 km (186 miles) driving range, perfectly suited for suburban and country daily life.” That range is of course on the Japanese test cycle, so the US/EPA range would likely be around 110 miles – still quite an increase over the 62 mile rating on the current Mitsubishi i selling in the US and Canada.
The CA-MiEV concept is built on a global platform, and is larger than the current i-MiEV vehicle.
The Geneva Motor Show kicks off on March 5th with a press conference.