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Mitsubishi Electric Starts New Building Management System Business

Friday, February 25th, 2022
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Mitsubishi Electric has been doing some pretty fancy things lately when it comes to technology and the features we might see in future automobiles or even entire buildings. Based on what the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show, Mitsubishi Electric showed us its world vision for digital and mobile living spaces, robotics, and being able to do more than work remotely, but operate physical robotic surrogates to do jobs that require machinery, electric work, or heavy lifting. Mitsubishi Electric also designed SUSTIE, a ZEB building that uses so a small amount of energy, it actually generates it throughout the year. In Feb 2022, Mitsubishi Electric announced the details of its New Building Systems subsidiary. Details are slim, but could this be the integration of SUSTIE into all building systems owned by Mitsubishi Motoes Corp (MMC)?

Mitsubishi Electric Building Solutions Corporation, a new subsidiary to be established in April 2022 is the first building systems management business by the company. With the announcement, Mitsubishi Electric shared that it would be integrating its building systems following a split in October. With Mitsubishi Electric having its hands in many things, from home electronics to city infrastructure, the company needs to start building teams that can focus on one thing and make it great. The summary of the business talks about development, manufacture, sales, installation, maintenance, repair, etc. of building management systems, as well as systems that can be maintained and monitored by such. Sounds a lot like the SUSTIE building.

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Mitsubishi Electric Launches New Investment Fund for Green and Digital Startups

Thursday, January 20th, 2022
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Mitsubishi Motors has been a tricky automaker to figure out over the last few years, hasn’t it? Joining the Renault-Nissan Alliance in 2017 has opened a lot of doors, but not all has gone as planned. Shortly after Mitsubishi joined the fray, a new funding campaign, Alliance Ventures, was announced. It was a $1 billion investment plan to be used to start partnerships with various start-ups working on electric vehicle (EV) development and autonomous self-driving car tech. There hasn’t been any news about new partners since 2019, and after Mitsubishi Electric held an exhibit at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show, we wonder if Mitsubishi is striking out on its own again. The major technological advances promised are large, but the company just announced a new ME Innovation Fund with Global Brain Corporation.

The company is launching the fund immediately, a corporate venture capital (CVC) fund designed to invest in and partner with startups across the world, yet again. This fund is very similar to the Alliance Ventures fund, with a commitment to invest five billion yen over the next ten years in various startups and new tech. The pandemic in 2020 could have easily put an end to Alliance Ventures, and with Mitsubishi Motors also announcing new models, perhaps Mitsubishi Motors Corp saved the money for a rainy day fund and this is it.

In case you missed it, Mitsubishi Motors just teased a new Ralliart vehicle in Tokyo during the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon called the Mitsubishi Vision Ralliart Concept. With the revival of Mitsubishi Ralliart, we’ve been wondering how the automotive group that made the legendary Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution rally car is going to mingle with EV development. This could have a hand in the new ME Innovation Fund, with a focus on green innovation, but the investments made between Mitsubishi Electric and Global Brain will also be supporting the growth of global startups working primarily in the digital domain. This is especially interesting after the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show, as mentioned above.

Many automakers introduced an idea of one of two things – a mobile ecosystem where everyone has access to mobile solutions for personal travel or errands like shopping for groceries, and an implementation of digital technologies into everyday life. Imagine being able to travel to Mars in a vehicle designed with the most advanced virtual reality, or being able to work on a computer that is more or less a tangible hologram. What is this, Star Wars?

It sounds like it, and digital worlds are becoming a part of many companies. When discussing the auto industry, Mitsubishi Electric previewed concepts of employees working together with robots and artificial intelligence (AI) to produce higher quality products within a completely digitized factory, a concept called eF@ctory. Not only does it allow workers to work from virtually anywhere, controlling the robots to do the fine detailed work, in a world still aware of social distancing and the pandemic, it can keep operations functional. On a smaller scale, the company is proposing digital solutions for overseeing performance and production of buildings like manufacturing plants. On the other hand, artificial intelligence systems may one day maintain the power grid in entire cities. Some automakers are even working on virtual reality where consumers can do things in a digital world that have an impact on their physical lives…it just might not happen for about a decade.We look forward to hearing what investments Mitsubishi Electric and Global Brain Corp make when using the new ME Innovation Fund. Follow along with us on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.

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Did Mitsubishi Preview the New Ralliart Vehicle in Tokyo?

Thursday, January 13th, 2022
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Mitsubishi Motors may not have shown up at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show – Mitsubishi Electric was the one rocking that stage. Both part of the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), whatever tech the latter is working on will eventually find its way into upcoming Mitsubishi models. Speaking of which, we’re all still in the dark about the new vehicle coming from Mitsubishi since the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance broke the silence. We thought it might be a new sports car thanks to the revival of Mitsubishi Ralliart, but Mitsubishi is still focused on electric vehicle (EV) development. Instead, the Ralliart team will be there to spice up already existing models. During the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon, Mitsubishi Motors showed us a little tease of how the Ralliart name can change the current lineup.

See, way back when, “Ralliart” was the name known for the Lancer Evolution, the still popular vehicle used by rally drag racers everywhere. Making it just an afterthought sounds blasphemous, but adding the same flair onto current models will save resources for whatever the automaker is working on in the background. If anything, the new vehicle teased during the Tokyo Auto Salon, the Mitsubishi Vision Ralliart Concept, could be what we’ve all been waiting for.

The tease is exactly that – a tease. Aside from a huge rear diffuser with a simple Ralliart badge, we can’t see much else. The automaker did chime in to give us a little more information about exterior features, including large brake rotors and six-piston brake calipers for more stopping power, 22-inch wheels with bigger tires, unique front and rear bumpers, wider fenders in the front and rear for more rugged looks, and a new front grille. It’s definitely sounding like a more muscular version of current SUVs in the lineup. With rumors circulating that the concept is built on the Outlander PHEV, that raises some interesting questions. Also during the auto show, Mitsubishi Motors introduced the Outlander SUV in Ralliart Style and an Eclipse Cross in Ralliart Style, and with the Outlander PHEV getting replaced by the Eclipse Cross PHEV as the new electric flagship of Mitsubishi, we know it’s not just another Outlander PHEV. According to the automaker, this concept “embodies Mitsubishi Motors’ vision for the new Ralliart”.

The Outlander Ralliart Style and Eclipse Cross Ralliart Style didn’t look too different in comparison to their counterparts, aside from red accents with new white/black badges. They’re most likely previews of Ralliart appearance packages that will become available during or after production. If Ralliart is going to do more than style and focus on aftermarket accessories, the Outlander Wild Adventure Style based on the PHEV was a great example. Outfitted with all-terrain tires, bumper protectors, mud guards, a roof carrier, trailer hitch, and more, this SUV is not only nature-friendly, but it’s made for the outdoors.

Other vehicles that popped up have been popular overseas but have yet to make it to the states, and probably never might. One is a new Mitsubishi Delica and the new generation of the EV minicar in Japan, known as “kei cars”. Able to be used as a commercial vehicle (electric taxi) or a personal vehicle, it’s interesting that Mitsubishi Motors hasn’t used it to expand the North American lineup.2021 was all about the Mitsubishi Outlander. Maybe 2022 will finally give us the new Mitsubishi vehicle we’ve been waiting on for the last two years. You can also check out the Mitsubishi Outlander and Eclipse Cross anytime at Miami Lakes Automall.

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Mitsubishi Electric Shares a World Vision at 2022 CES

Friday, January 7th, 2022
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Mitsubishi Motors, as an automaker, has been quiet and loud at the same time over the last two years. We heard the company was working on a new electric vehicle (EV), but we haven’t seen anything about it. The closest news is the Eclipse Cross PHEV to eventually replace the Outlander PHEV. Now that auto shows are starting up again, 2022 starts out with a bang with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Although the CES is mostly focused on consumer brands, many automakers show up as well, and now we know why Mitsubishi Motors has been so silent. Sister company Mitsubishi Electric has been pulling all the weight, and the future of Mitsubishi is all about “Life, Industry, Infrastructure, and Mobility”.

It seems the theme for automakers this year at 2022 CES is a huge hark back to the 2020 CES before the COVID-19 pandemic shut everything down. We’re talking about a mobility ecosystem and smart cars from Mitsubishi and just about every other huge automaker or automotive group. A mobile ecosystem is a society where everyone everywhere can get transportation, whether it’s a personal vehicle, a bus or shuttle, and one day, flight. Smart cars are also quickly becoming the new thing, turning vehicles into giant smartphones on wheels.

For the 2022 CES, Mitsubishi Electric broke it down into four categories: Life, Industry, Infrastructure, and Mobility.

Life

Although split into four categories, they all sort of mesh together. For instance, the exhibit on Life talks about a lot of infrastructure changes that will help improve life. This involves features on a personal level for more efficient water heating and air conditioning for personal comfort with a 3D i-See Sensor that maps the room and can create an atmosphere. A Deluxe Wall-Mounted Indoor Unit works in tandem with this system and uses a Hyper-Heating Inverter for also controlling areas for heat and warmth, able to change the temperature of a room depending on the amount of people in a room and other variables. A personal HealthCam that non-invasively monitors the vitals of people in a room was also introduced.

Many operations in public buildings were also shared, such as PureRide Touchless Control, where consumers can hail for a vehicle from within an elevator, assumingly in a hotel. In today’s world, COVID-19 is still around and keeping surfaces clean is a must. The work around for this is a Hygienic Touch Operable Aerial Display, or a holographic surface that reads the spatial relationship of the user and what’s being projected. Lastly, Smart Buildings and Smart Places like the SUSTIE building Mitsubishi Electric built, able to reduce energy costs to less-than-zero.

Industry and Infrastructure

In the Industry category, a lot of this has to do with robotics and artificial intelligence. For instance, eF@ctory, a concept of a completely digitized factory where employees work together with robots and artificial intelligence (AI) to produce higher quality products more efficiently. In addition, supervisors and management can control entire areas with holographic surfaces that oversee factory operations. Another example of robots helping aid commercial businesses, RoboTire is a system that can be implemented into auto services and dealerships, able to precisely and safely replace a tire in 15 minutes. Think about how long it took the last time you needed to replace a tire compared to that.

On a much larger scale, Automation Software Solutions can oversee performance and production of buildings like production plants, or on a more structural level, monitoring the infrastructure of the building, even underground. In many ways, robotics and automated services may become the norm. Whether it’s maintaining the power grid with Power-I and using energy more efficiently in entire cities with Smarter Grid Solutions, or small-time things like Seamless Security, able to scan multiple people at once, making things the hassle of airport security a little easier.

Mobility

Mobility is all over the place, and some of it we’ve already known about, like electrification. Just about every automaker has a hand in making electrified models to fill up their new lineup, but Mitsubishi Electric is also working on new devices that will help bring society into a carbon-neutral world. As we mentioned above, many of the categories blend, and robotics and artificial intelligence also play a part in mobility. Aside from personal mobile devices, robotic companions are being built to offer services to those who may not have mobile options available.

Robots were shown picking up packages, loading trucks, performing shopping for consumers, all automatically. One example showed a mother ordering groceries while picking up a child from daycare. A motorized robot arrives at the daycare at the same time of pickup, with all of the groceries safely stored inside the unit. Another example shows how these same devices can work as guides for patients in hospital or mobile equipment that can move between rooms. Then there’s the simple stuff, like robots delivering food orders to people, whenever, wherever.

Lastly, drivers will find vehicles much more enjoyable with driver assistance software that makes interacting with one’s car much more organic, like talking to a Smart Speaker. Autonomous driving is also still growing, with Level 3 and Level 4 popping up in the commercial industry. Many high-tech features will be popping up in future Mitsubishi vehicles such as lighting and air conditioning systems based on the occupants in the cabin, vital systems sensors, the above mentioned ability to shop and have a robot deliver the items (from the car). Many automakers want to turn vehicles into mobile living spaces, and with the push of a button, some concepts show a vehicle that retracts the dashboard and steering wheel and pushes the seats back to open up the cabin and enjoy a mobile lounge.It’s all incredibly futuristic, but Mitsubishi Electric has always been very ambitious. We look forward to seeing which of these technologies make it into the real world in the next few years, or decade. What do you think? Join the discussion on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.

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Mitsubishi Electric Designs Building to Reduce Energy Costs to Zero

Thursday, December 16th, 2021
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It’s been a while since we talked about the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Motors Corp (MMC) that focuses on technology, energy, and is also behind a number of infrastructures in the everyday home. In fact, if the Dendo Drive House ever went global, everyone would be living in a house powered by technology similar to the latest net zero-energy building (ZEB) designed by Mitsubishi Electric. Called “SUSTIE®”, this ZEB is a testing facility building on previous clean energy endeavors by MMC. The latest results from this ZEB show that the building reduced its energy consumption to less than 0-percent. If the numbers are true, it actually created more energy than it consumed.

Now that is really, really cool. A medium-sized office building – 211888 cubic-feet (or 6000 cubic-meters) of floor space – is equipped with solar panels, and uses the latest ZEB operating technology to optimize operations. As we mentioned, this wouldn’t be the first time Mitsubishi Electric worked on net zero energy. In the past (2018) MMC partnered with ENGIE and Hitachi Europe Ltd during the first round of trying to create renewable energy.

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Mitsubishi Electric Introduces All New Tech

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
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Mitsubishi Electric has been a little quiet as of late. With the COVID-19 pandemic and a lack of auto shows, the sister company of Mitsubishi Motors and part of Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) hasn’t had a chance to show off its tech. Now that the auto industry is back up and running, Mitsubishi Electric is lighting up with Project Emerald Dove, a premium in-vehicle cabin experience using the latest and most powerful computing platform to create a unique and intuitive experience for consumers using the Google Android OS, an artificially intelligent (AI) assistant, and new and interesting features. Check out what’s new from Mitsubishi Electric.

First off is some pretty cool stuff. With eight displays with various resolutions ranging from HD to 4k, the entire infotainment system is controlled via the Android OS – recalling a news piece on Mitsubishi and the Google Android back in 2018. Through collaboration, Mitsubishi Electric worked with an AI startup to develop a customized automotive AI assistant that can aid consumers with some basic automotive applications. A simple example – the engine light comes on. The driver can ask the AI assistant to address the problem and schedule a service appointment if an immediate fix is needed. A display at the center of the dashboard will provide visuals for the user as well as offer user/assistant interaction.

“We aim to be ahead of the trends in the industry…The Mitsubishi Electric technologies in this demonstration system have received very positive feedback from our customers and partners and we continue to work towards realizing creative, premium entertainment solutions.” – Mark Rakoski, vice president, Advanced Engineering, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America

Cool Features

Mitsubishi Electric is making it easier for Mitsubishi Motors consumers to make use of their vehicle in a multitude of ways. When used as a personal vehicle, the infotainment system becomes active throughout the cabin, giving access to all passengers. We did say eight displays, all with powerful computing and connectivity features through the cockpit platform. Passengers can browse personal music libraries, adjust the temperature of their zone in the cabin, and for those that like to play navigator, the two front displays can be linked together into one long monitor. Then, the front-passenger can collect navigation information and slide it onto the driver’s screen for upcoming directions and information.

The Android OS also helps with Mitsubishi consumers who use their vehicle also as a commercial vehicle, like ridesharing applications and food delivery. An external visor can be controlled to denote a ride-share or delivery service or when the vehicle is autonomous. Yes, self-driving functionality has also been hinted at. The driver can customize content on the display to better illustrate the service they are providing.

Mitsubishi Electric is also adding some helpful features for on and off the road. Although no parent should forget about their infant in the vehicle, an infant detection system has been installed for all rows. Continuing to hint at autonomous driving, an HD driving mode that can help the vehicle avoid lane blockage or heavy traffic, provide lane-level guidance, and report problems and road conditions. Lastly, Mitsubishi Electric has been working on cyber security.

Lots of cool stuff to talk about, finally. It’s been a while. Nice to see that Mitsubishi Electric is still working on some cool stuff for upcoming Mitsubishi Motors vehicles. Keep up with all the new tech coming from Mitsubishi Electric when you follow us on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.

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Mitsubishi Electric Develops Zero Energy Building

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020
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Mitsubishi Motors Corp (MMC) has been pretty quiet lately. Pre-Coronavirus, lots of automotive companies were working on new technology and mobility projects to get ready for the next step to take in the automotive industry after alternative fuel vehicles and self-driving autonomous cars. A mobile ecosystem is next on the list, offering every consumer some form of transportation. All of that took a step back when COVID-19 shut down automotive manufacturing plants for months, and the reduction in sales automakers forced many of them to shelve new concepts and tech development and focus on releasing new vehicles. With Renault and Nissan behind Mitsubishi Motors in the Renault-Nissan-Alliance, the sister company, Mitsubishi Electric, is able to stay focused on its tasks – like the construction of possibly the world’s first net zero-energy building (ZEB).

The term a “zero-energy building” should ring a couple of bells. During the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Mitsubishi showcased the Dendo Drive House. This house is the residential version of a Building Energy Management System (BEMS). With a focus on consumer use, the Dendo Drive House (DDH) is outfitted with solar panels, converts solar energy into electricity, and then stores it in a battery that can power an entire home. Excess energy can be redirected into a plug-in hybrid to not only charge the vehicle but act as a portable energy unit. A lot of these developments came from the success of a neutral energy project between Mitsubishi Motors, Hitachi Europe Ltd., and ENGIE, the owner of a BEMS in France. Following the same formula as this project, the DDH was born.

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New Human-Interface Tech from Mitsubishi Electric Talks like People

Thursday, August 6th, 2020
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The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance shared its mid-term plans for Alliance 2022, and it may sound like Renault and Nissan are the most busy of the three automakers, with a lot of hybrid technology and self-driving technology being the highlight of their contribution. However, Mitsubishi isn’t just on the verge of revealing a new vehicle for the subcompact or large car segment. Within the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is sister company Mitsubishi Electric, and within this company is a team known as “Mitsubishi Electric’s AI creates the State-of-the- ART in technology” team, or Maisart for short. Last we heard about Maisart, the team had designed a smarter form of virtual assistants to create a seamless experience between human-machine interfaces via intuitive and more human-like understanding of words and commands. Now, Maisart has put this technology to work in vehicles, and is testing a new form of GPS that can give more organic commands.

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Mitsubishi Electric Enhances LiDAR Tech

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
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Mitsubishi Electric, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Motors Corp (MMC), is a large part of all the cool technology Mitsubishi Motors puts into their vehicles and is continuing to design technology that will greatly benefit the automaker for years to come. During the last two Consumer Electronic Shows, Mitsubishi Electric showed up with plenty of self-driving tech, concepts, and demonstrations. The 2020 CES focused mainly on mobility solutions and the recent contract between Maas Global Oy and MMC. Since 2017, Mitsubishi Electric has been developing autonomous technology, and over the last few years, has continued to advance this tech. The newest system is called the MEMS LiDAR solution.

A little review, LIDAR systems are what many self-driving vehicles use to scan the world around them. Through the use of lasers that illuminate objects, vehicles, and pedestrians, and then reflects that data back to the LiDAR. Through the use of mirrors rotated by motors to capture the light reflected back to the LiDAR, the system is then able to use the data to create three-dimensional recreations of its surrounding environments in real time. Some systems are advanced enough to create entire 3D maps, whereas others mainly develop a grid of objects and their range.

Mitsubishi Electric is taking this kind of technology a step further through the use of a micro-electromechanical system (MEMS). Via the incorporation of a LiDAR system and a dual-axis (horizontal and vertical) MEMS mirror, an extra-wide horizontal scanning angle has been created to accurately detect the shapes and distances of objects ahead of the vehicle. This leads to better scanning of vehicles ahead, oncoming vehicles, pedestrians crossing the road, traffic lights, traffic signs, and roadside obstacles.

This new system is not only lightweight in design but is much easier to mass produce. Unlike conventional LiDAR systems that require large mirrors to maximize light collection and create a wide scanning angle for an accurate representation of information surrounding the vehicle, Mitsubishi Electric’s new MEMS LiDAR is small, measuring 7mm by 5mm, and made from a silicon substrate using semiconductor-processing technology. Going forward, Mitsubishi Electric aims to also achieve a larger vertical scanning angle to allow the detection of vehicles and pedestrians in close proximity.

Whether or not this technology has already been put to work in the Mitsubishi Electric xAUTO is unclear, but we do know how well this self-driving concept operates. During the 46th Tokyo Motor Show in 2019, the xAUTO doesn’t require the latest and most high-definition maps available on one’s mobile device to navigate its way around the world. This concept vehicle can actually operate its way through residential areas, private roads, farm roads, etc. without over-the-air maps. Sounds like a system that can create its own high-definition local map.

We may also see this kind of technology popping up in the mobile solutions that MMC and MaaS Global Oy are working towards, one of which will be a competing self-driving ride-hailing service. Through the utilization of a camera system, congestion predictions, and real-time crowd prediction, consumers will be able to hail an autonomous ride from anywhere that’s designed to pick them up from virtually anywhere and take them where they need to go. It’s going to be a crazy world when the autonomous car race picks up.

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Mitsubishi Motors’ Contributions to the Renault-Nissan Alliance

Friday, March 6th, 2020
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When Mitsubishi Motors first joined the Renault-Nissan Alliance, it was quickly becoming a great move for the automaker. Soon after, there was talk about a cross-brand EV platform from Nissan, and re-badged Renault vehicles, and Mitsubishi Motors was quick to make use of Alliance resources to expand. However, Mitsubishi Motors seems to be the only Alliance partner moving the needle with concepts like the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, or the Mitsubishi Mi-TECH system. According to Alliance Plans, Mitsubishi Motors is only supposed to be in charge of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) development, but Mitsubishi Electric is having a lot of success with the xAUTO, and when it comes to mobile solutions, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is the one getting the contract. Are Renault or Nissan even doing anything at this point?

Mitsubishi Motors > Renault-Nissan?

Most recently, we finally got some news about what Renault and Nissan are bringing to the Alliance. During the mid-term business plan announcement, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance discussed a triangle concept where each automaker would be in charge of two goals out of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology, electric vehicle (EV) technology, and autonomous cars. It’s been three years and so far all that seems to be coming out of Renault is a Mitsubishi-branded version of the Renault Trafic van at its factory in Sandouville, France. So, in other words, a rebadged van…like Mitsubishi Motors needs more of that.

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