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A Review of Alternative Fuel Vehicles from Mitsubishi

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Because automakers all around the world have paused production during the COVID-19 pandemic, we thought it would be a good time to review some of the interesting moves automakers have made in the industry up to this point. One automaker that has kept us guessing it Mitsubishi Motors. With their sister company Mitsubishi Electric always unveiling some futuristic technology for upcoming vehicles, we wonder how advanced the next concept will be. We’ve also seen a variety of alternative fuel vehicles from Mitsubishi, with the latest MI-TECH Concept at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show a real change in design. How did Mitsubishi Motors get here?

Older Models

Possibly the first dip into alternative fuel vehicles for Mitsubishi Motors was the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. An all-electric vehicle, this was a steppingstone for Mitsubishi Motors, having produced the first highway-capable electric vehicle (EV). Not only that, but the i-MiEV won awards for its value, a gem for EVs at the time, able to drive 59 miles on a single charge with no emissions. Several systems were also on board to increase range, such as a regenerative braking system and an on-board battery charging system. The i-MiEV didn’t last for long in the U.S. however, and Mitsubishi decided to bring a different alternative fuel vehicle stateside.

Although the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV had already seen its fair share of years overseas, the plug-in hybrid SUV has only been in the states for a few years. Another winner of awards, the Outlander PHEV was up to the same level of quality of most plug-in hybrids of the time. With an EPA estimated 74 MPGe and the ability to travel 22 miles emissions-free on electricity, the Outlander PHEV was a step in a new direction, with two electric motors making up the powertrain, one on each axle.

Newer Concepts

Mitsubishi Motors has been actively debuting new concepts for the past two years. Auto shows have been cancelled indefinitely for 2020 during the Coronavirus pandemic, but in 2019, Mitsubishi Motors wowed us with the Engelberg Tourer SUV concept at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, and again at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show with their new MI-TECH concept. The former, a plug-in hybrid SUV, is meant to replace the aging Outlander PHEV, giving it a more robust and adventurous look, and is shaping up to be an SUV consumers could take to the racetrack with Mitsubishi Motors Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system.

Going further, Mitsubishi Motors changed the way we look at plug-in hybrid electric vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show. Mi-TECH, unveiled in an electric buggy, is not your usual gasoline engine/electric motor setup. Doubling down on the design of the original Outlander PHEV, the Mitsubishi Mi-TECH concept comes with four electric motors, one for each wheel, but changes things up by replacing the standard gasoline internal combustion engine with a gas turbine generator. Although output has yet to be released, we can only imagine a turbine generator would be more powerful than an automotive engine. Time will tell.

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Small Batch – Big Impact Continues in TN with Community Resource Center

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Last year, in 2019, Mitsubishi Motors started a new initiative called the “Small Batch – Big Impact” Initiative. Dedicated to giving back to the community and aiding those in need, Mitsubishi started this experiment by first producing a small batch of vehicles from their lineup, and then using those vehicles by donating them to people and groups in the community that could benefit them in a big way. With the current pandemic still active in the world and affecting many families, Mitsubishi returned to Nashville, TN to aid Nashville residents dealing with COVID-19 so shortly after the 2020 Tornado event in early March that ravaged parts of the state, including Middle Tennessee and downtown Nashville.

“Middle Tennessee is home to our staff, our families and our headquarters…We are devastated by the impact of the tornado and COVID-19 crises on our community and determined to help Nashville emerge from this safer and stronger. The Community Resource Center is exactly the type of partner we are proud to support.” – MMNA COO and acting CEO, Mark Chaffin

The best way to help is to partner up with another organization that already has a strong foothold in aiding the community, and Mitsubishi Motors joined up with the Nashville-based Community Resource Center (CRC) in the efforts to respond to both disasters. The CRC works with over 100 nonprofit agencies in Middle Tennessee and provides them with new household goods, bedding, kitchenware, cleaning supplies, clothing, and personal hygiene items so that they can serve their clients in need. With the current epidemic, emergency supplies kits for low- or no-contact pickup by nonprofit members are also being rapidly put together.

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Mitsubishi FUSO Truck and Bus Corp. to Produce Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Later this Decade

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Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp. (MFTBC) is joining several automakers in breaking ground with a new form of fuel source for vehicles to reduce CO2 emissions. Hybrids came first, then plug-ins, and then electric vehicles (also known as battery electric vehicles, BEVs). Who ever thought hydrogen fuel cells would become a thing? But it’s an endless fuel source, hydrogen will always be available in some form, and with a little electrolysis, it’s not impossible to separate the hydrogen from water (H2O). A part of Daimler AG, a German multinational automotive corporation, MFTBC has already put together a concept and aims to begin the production of fuel-cell trucks by the late 2020s.

The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Concept

Named the “Vision F-CELL”, the concept is a light-duty fuel-cell concept truck based off of the already successful eCanter. Through the utilization of energy-dense high-pressure hydrogen, the vehicle can travel around 180 miles and will only require 10 minutes to fill up. It may be longer than a trip to the gas station, but it’s a fraction of how long a consumer must wait when charging up an electric vehicle. Although we love electric vehicles, unless we’re grocery shopping or stopping for a bite to eat, no one wants to wait half an hour, or two, so they can get going. Some people can’t even wait 5 minutes for their smartphone to charge.

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Some Tips for the COVID-19 April 2020 Lockdown

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It’s official. A lockdown has been issued for all of South Florida from April 3 – 30, 2020. Goodbye all April birthdays and celebrations. Springtime babies, you have our condolences. While we’re all on lockdown, people are starting to get a little stir crazy and nervous, so we’re writing up a little bit on guidelines and how to get through this next month of lockdown. Just remember one very important tidbit – the lockdown isn’t literal, and you can leave your house at any time you want.

Staying Healthy

If you haven’t already, stocking up on basic necessities is a must. That means milk and juices with a long shelf life, cheese that can last a few weeks, meats you can cook and freeze for later, and vegetables that can also handle the cold well. Medicine is another large item, as well as toiletries. Keeping clean and washing your hands whenever you sneeze, cough, or use the bathroom will help reduce the chances of being infected and/or spreading the virus.

Although many public facilities are being closed, like pools and gyms, it doesn’t mean exercise is off the table. While in lockdown, going out for a walk or taking your dog for a stroll is a great option for getting a little fresh air and sunlight. Exercising at home, doing a little yoga, is also a great way to keep your one’s body and mind in shape during this trying time.

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