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Mitsubishi Motors Corp Helps Expand Whim Mobile App

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Imagine walking out the door every day to go to work, meet with friends, or join a party all the way downtown with multiple stops and methods of transportation. On average, many consumers do that on the daily, and they have multiple apps, cards, and payment methods to keep track of just to make it to their destination. Now imagine doing all that with one app and having access to bus, tram, taxi, car, bicycles, and more transportation services when you want it. That’s the Whim app, a smartphone application by a Finnish company in Helsinki, and Mitsubishi Motors Corp just bought shares in MaaS Global Oy, the parent company behind Whim.

“This is what a car tends to represent to people, it’s this promise of freedom to go anytime, anywhere on a whim…We really need to concentrate on delivering that.” – Chief Executive Officer Sampo Hietanen

No longer would people have to switch between ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft and manage multiple bus cards. Like Lulu from The Fifth Element, we have a Multi-Pass, except it unlocks a variety of modes of transportation versus rolling an ID and credit card into one – the future, everybody! There’s just one problem.

Currently, Whim mainly operates in its homeland of Finland, mostly in Helsingin seudun liikenne or HSL. Since its launch in 2017, MaaS Global has been able to expand the Whim service to Birmingham, U.K. and Antwerp, Belgium, but so far that’s it. That’s where Mitsubishi Motors Corp (MMC) comes in.

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Recognized for S-AWC Overseas

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Mitsubishi Motors has had some surprising announcements this year. Possibly their most talked about debut would be the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, alongside its Dendo Drive House (DDH) proposition. All of this good news could possibly be overshadowing their most recent addition to the automotive lineup, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. This vehicle has also had some good news as of late, such as earning a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is also known for its upgraded technology, such as a Mitsubishi Connect Telematics System with Safeguard, able to work with a recent smartphone app released by Mitsubishi, Road Assist+. With all these additions, Mitsubishi Motors continues to win awards for the Eclipse Cross overseas.

It took Mitsubishi Motors some time to break into the North American automotive market. Looking back at 100 years of Mitsubishi Motors, and it wasn’t until the 1980s that they joined the party. So of course, back in their homeland of Japan, there’s plenty of recognition for the last in-house vehicle, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. One group in particular, holds an event every year, the Automotive Researchers’ & Journalists’ Conference of Japan (RJC), and for the second consecutive year, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was also named the “RJC Car of the Year” for 2019.

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UK Helps Preserve Epping Forest with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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It’s pretty interesting how in recent years, the people of South Florida have been slowly becoming more and more aware of the natural agriculture that once was, and many Universities and colleges are starting to teach classes that educate students on the history of Florida. It’s amazing to think all of South Florida was once just everglades. What happened? Just like Floridians are looking for ways to preserve what agriculture is left, the UK is doing the same. Recently, the City of London Corporation made a deal with Mitsubishi Motors to utilize three Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV units as part of their goal to eventually have an electrified fleet for preserving and maintaining Epping Forest, a treasure of woodlands in London.

In the spirit of preserving agriculture, the City of London Corporation set a goal of being the first UK authority to have a fully zero-emission fleet. Although a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle isn’t a zero CO2 emission vehicle when driven on average, the beauty of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, or PHEV, is that most PHEVs offer consumers the ability to only drive on electric power provided by the larger lithium-ion battery. When driving on electric power alone, a consumer can get an all-electric range of up to 28 miles with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

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Mitsubishi Expands Disaster Recovery Program Overseas

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With all the storms that hit South Florida, and especially crazy hurricanes like Dorian that left everyone in an anxious fit, one would think there would be some sort of disaster transportation unit to help. Yes, there are many organizations out there like the Red Cross and FEMA, but they can only do so much to help. Why isn’t the government stepping up? Why aren’t local businesses doing their part? Maybe it’s just the way it is, but our neighbors in the east are changing things – Mitsubishi Motors especially. Signing their second agreement with Shizuoka Prefecture and four affiliated dealers in the prefecture, Mitsubishi Motors Corp (MMC) and the aforementioned parties have agreed to provide services and units during disasters and disaster recovery. They do this through the use of their Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, and Dendo Drive House technology.

Does anyone remember the Dendo Drive House presentation by Mitsubishi during the 2019 International Geneva Motor Show? That was something else. Mitsubishi took their neutral-energy project with ENGIE and Hitachi Europe and downsized it into the size of a house. ENGIE, a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) outfitted with solar panels that collect and store energy in the building’s electric grid for use throughout the day was one part of the equation. When the building runs out of power, either due to longer winter nights or an emergency situation, through the use of a bi-directional vehicle-to-everything V2X charger from Hitachi, ENGIE is able to stay powered. This is because ENGIE is also able to collect and store excess energy converted through the V2X charger to charge up the Outlander PHEV and then take that energy back when necessary.

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