Posts Tagged ‘phev’

Mitsubishi Motors Expands Its Electric Lineup

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
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As the automotive industry makes its shift towards alternative fuel vehicles like plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), many automakers are starting to make the shift towards green fuel. One automaker making recent strides in electric vehicles (EVs) is Mitsubishi Motors. Known for its fleet of SUVs primarily in the US, a pickup truck overseas, and its plug-in hybrid SUV, the Outlander PHEV, the automaker joined the Renault-Nissan Alliance in 2017. Since then, the automaker has benefited from technology within, and two new green vehicles have already debuted overseas – a micro EV and a new plug-in hybrid SUV, AIRTEK.

The first new vehicle to debut from Mitsubishi was a joint-operation with Nissan. In 2020, Nissan announced a new EV platform that was flexible enough to work with a variety of vehicle types for each automaker in the Alliance – the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Since then, the Alliance held a digital conference to discuss future plans, starting with the release of vehicles by Mitsubishi Motors in one or more of its respective regions. The first may be its homeland of Japan.

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Is the Mitsubishi Outlander Setting the Stage For a Transition to EVs

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020
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The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, has been very successful overseas, and has had some success stateside as well. Recently entered into the 2020 Rebelle Rally, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will be making history with the first year the Rally set up a round for hybrid and electric vehicles to recognize and honor the highest-finishing battery-powered electric vehicle (BEV) and hybrid or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in each car segment. Some automotive publications call PHEVs the perfect transition vehicle for going electric, and with such success behind the Outlander PHEV, many wonder if Mitsubishi will return to all-electric vehicles one day.

According to a recent survey conducted by Kadence International in the United Kingdom (UK), 1,035 Mitsubishi drivers agree that a plug-in hybrid has changed their mind about vehicles that need to occasionally recharge, and are a great midway point to purchasing an all-electric vehicle. The total group was made up of three categories, with 48-percent of Outlander PHEV drivers who considered the PHEV to be an electric vehicle (EV), 9-percent of ICE drivers considering making the switch to an all-electric vehicle. 23-percent of drivers considered a PHEV, but the main concern isn’t actually needing to recharge – it’s driving range.

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Compare the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV with the 2020 Lexus NX Hybrid 300H

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
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Last week, we were celebrating the high ranking for the Japanese automotive brand, Mitsubishi Motors, during the 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. Measured on a vehicle’s quality during the first 90 days of ownership, a vehicle receives a rating of PP100, or how many issues it has every 100 vehicles. With only a score of 148 PP100, this put Mitsubishi Motors ahead of one of its stronger competitors, Lexus. With the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in the 2020 model year, its rival is the 2020 Lexus NX Hybrid 300H, but the outcome is going to be a quicker turnaround than you think.

I Got the Power!

Let’s not hide the numbers here. The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine under the hood. Able to generate a shy 117 horsepower and 137 lb-ft of torque, this SUV may not win any races but the Outlander PHEV can drive on electric-power only for 22 miles, has a combined fuel economy of 25 mpg, a combined 74 MPGe, and a total driving range of 310 miles. The Lexus NX Hybrid 300H with all-wheel drive is powered by a turbo in-line four-cylinder engine, able to generate 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Lexus hasn’t listed the MPGe but has listed 24 mpg as the combined fuel economy. Some sources say the Lexus NX Hybrid 300H can travel as much as 450 miles.

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A Review of Alternative Fuel Vehicles from Mitsubishi

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
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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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New Business Plans to be Announced by Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance

Friday, February 7th, 2020
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Ever since the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance was formed in 2017, and later announced Alliance 2022 and its six-year plan, there hasn’t been a lot of word on what is going on. Yes, we hear about the occasional investment the Alliance makes through Alliance 2022, a $1 billion fundraising campaign started to help develop new startups and entrepreneurs in technology for self-driving robotaxis, car sharing networks, new EV batteries, and new forms of EV charging. Aside from that, there hasn’t been much talk about plans for 2022, two years away. When we take a look at the past few years, progress has slowly been building, and after a meeting between the top leaders of each automaker, the three agreed to share new medium-term business plans around May 2020.

This is great news! Assuming the six-year plan started in 2018 (although it’s more like five years if it ends in 2022), the Alliance is at the halfway point and thus has new plans to put into play at the halfway point. Nissan Motor Co., Renault SA, and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC) have all agreed to share their respective new medium-term business plans following an agreement at a meeting held between the top leaders of the three-way automotive alliance at Nissan’s headquarters in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo. Nissan President Makoto Uchida had this to say –

“Under the plans, one with the greatest competitiveness will lead the other two in each category, such as compact cars and electric vehicles.”

Simply put, the Alliance is turning into a triangle of sorts. One automaker with success and already proving to be a competitive name in the industry will share technology and success with the other two so that they may also be successful while still remaining competitive internally as well as externally. This is abundantly clear with Mitsubishi Motors, initially slated to be in charge of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) development. We could say the automaker is already well on its way with concepts like the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, or the Mi-TECH concept at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, a plug-in hybrid electric engine that replaces the need for an internal combustion engine with a lightweight, compact gas turbine engine-generator powerful enough to drive a small SUV, and able to be powered by various fuel sources, including diesel, kerosene, and alcohol.

When it came to electric vehicle technology, Mitsubishi Motors had okay success with the i-MieV, but the Nissan Leaf has been a success story for all-electric vehicles and Nissan. As luck would have it, Nissan also recently announced the development of a new cross-brand EV platform that will not only be available to all three automakers for future all-electric and battery-electric vehicles, but will also be flexible. This means that the new platform can be utilized by either automaker, and changed based on the size, style, and purpose of its intended use, and most likely different powertrains as well.

Could we see an electric Mitsubishi Mirage? The next-gen Mitsubishi Mirage is supposed to be based on the Nissan Juke, and if electric vehicles and compact cars are on the docket for mid-term business plans, is it really such a farfetched idea? We don’t think so. Tell us your thoughts. Join the discussion about the promising new business plans on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.

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The MI-TECH Has Entered the Building

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
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The 2019 Tokyo Motor Show has started (October 24-November 4), and Mitsubishi Motors was quick to show off their newest SUV concept, the Mitsubishi MI-TECH. Not only is this new SUV concept another plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) design by Mitsubishi but it’s another revolution on how plug-in hybrid vehicles operate. Earlier this year, Mitsubishi Motors debuted their Engelberg Tourer Plug-in SUV at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, and with this new MI-TECH concept, it’s clear the automaker is focused on designing numerous alternative fuel vehicles for a number of lifestyles. Take a look at all MI-TECH has to offer.

The Name

What’s in a name? Well, there’s a lot going on in the name for the newest SUV concept from Mitsubishi Motors. In a sense, it’s an acronym:

        Mitsubishi

        Intelligent

        Technology

When the MI-TECH was first conceived, it was meant to be a small plug-in hybrid SUV. What developed was a PHEV designed with a lightweight, compact, new PHEV drivetrain and a four-motor electric 4WD system. Introducing futuristic technology, Mitsubishi equipped the concept with advanced driver assist and preventive safety technologies, introducing MI-Pillot.

New PHEV drivetrain

When Mitsubishi Motors released the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the plug-in hybrid SUV has a different approach to a PHEV powertrain. Instead of one gasoline internal combustion engine and one electric motor powered by a large battery, Mitsubishi put two electric motors on the Outlander PHEV, one on each axle. For the MI-TECH concept, the automaker changed it up again. Mitsubishi replaced the traditional gasoline engine with a lightweight, compact gas turbine engine-generator. Not only is it powerful enough to drive a small SUV, but it can operate on a variety of fuel sources: diesel, kerosene, and alcohol. Regardless of the fuel, MI-TEC has clean exhaust to better the environment.

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Electric 4WD

In addition to replacing the gasoline engine with a turbine engine-generator, Mitsubishi also put an electric motor behind each wheel – that’s four electric motors powering the MI-TECH. There aren’t any specs yet released on the horsepower or torque output of this setup, but Mitsubishi did find a way to double-down on this kind of control. By applying their Super All-Wheel Control traction system to the Quad Motor 4WD System with front and rear Dual-Motor Active Yaw Control (AYC) units, Mitsubishi made this small SUV as stable as can be. In addition to making the MI-TECH concept safe, Mitsubishi also introduced a new trick – 180-degree spins by counter-rotating the left and right tires. That’ll be some U-turn!

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Enhanced Driver Assistance and Safety

The new thing slowly entering the auto industry is artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Known as a Human Machine Interface (HMI), the MI-TECH concept comes with technology that projects all the information a driver may need to know about the car behavior, terrain recognition, and optimal route guidance onto the windshield. Instead of a heads-up display, this is what is known as an augmented reality (AR) windshield and is another piece of tech entering the auto industry. While driving, even in poor visibility, drivers will be able to safely navigate the roads with an AR windshield. Furthermore, with MI-PILOT equipped, MI-TECh comes with next-generation driver assistance technology to help support the driver in a variety of driving conditions and roads.

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It’s a Buggy

No one could probably predict the next small SUV from Mitsubishi would look like a buggy, but that’s what the MI-TECH is. A small SUV with no roof or doors but an interesting design, nonetheless. Mitsubishi is highlighting the progressiveness of their electric vehicle by painting it in a light blue body color contrasted by copper on the grille, inner wheels, and interior. The front fascia has been upgraded with a Dynamic Shield design and T-shaped headlights. Raised overfenders and large diameter tires offer a high level of mobility and sharp lines run throughout the rugged body of the SUV. T-shaped tail lamps can also be found in the rear, mimicking the front fascia.

Inside, thanks to the AR windshield, the center console is pretty tame. Like a buggy, the dashboard is flat and horizontal, and keyboard-shaped switches are positioned atop with a hand pad that makes the switches easy to operate. All-in-all this looks like one sick SUV.

Check out all there is to know about the new MI-TECH from Mitsubishi Motors and share your thoughts on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.

 

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Mitsubishi Motors Aims to Change Our Views of Plug-in Hybrids Once Again

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
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When it comes to alternative fuel vehicles, there was once a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about electric motors and their place in the auto industry. Electric motors? How could that compete with the full throttle high-performance horsepower of an octane-burning internal combustion engine? Is there an electric motor out there able to produce horsepower in the high triple digits? Maybe, but when it comes to electric motors, where they really shine is torque. As we all know, torque is what turns the wheels, and torque can also be used to offer the driver better control over a vehicle. Automaker Mitsubishi Motors saw this as an opportunity to work on a new concept coming to the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show – Mi-Tech.

What is Mi-Tech?

A lot of information is still being saved for the Tokyo Motor Show, this October 23, 2019, but Mitsubishi press continues to give little bits of information. At first, all we knew was the automaker planned to introduce a new electric SUV concept at the auto show – but why so soon after the debut of the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show? Remember that interesting concept? The Engelberg Tourer was introduced as the next plug-in hybrid SUV that may one day replace the aging Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

It may not seem like the Outlander plug-in hybrid SUV is very old, having just been introduced to U.S. soil a few years ago, but the Outlander PHEV has had a long run on a global scale. Recently, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV hit a milestone of 200,000 units sold, and the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is getting some upgrades in its golden years. For those that like to drive in luxury, consumers will find most of the upgrades available to the high-end trims in the lineup, the SEL and GT trims. Both come equipped with a new second-generation Smartphone-link Display Audio system for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and the GT trim also comes with a new Mitsubishi Power Sound System that is replacing the Rockford-Fosgate audio system on previous models going forward.

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UK Helps Preserve Epping Forest with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
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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

Thursday, September 5th, 2019
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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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Mitsubishi Opens New Low-Price EV Charging Plan in Japan

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019
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Earlier this year, 2019, Mitsubishi Motors hit a large milestone for alternative fuel vehicles everywhere. Back in April, Mitsubishi took the plug-in hybrid market by storm after selling 200,000 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV units worldwide. Sold in more than 50 countries around the world, the plug-in SUV is becoming more popular with time, but the new concept from Mitsubishi, the Engelberg Tourer, seems to be another contender for taking over the plug-in hybrid market. Whichever direction Mitsubishi Motors decides to take the company in, the automaker continues to succeed in the alternative fuel market with its newest program. In partnership with MC Retail Energy Co., Ltd. (MCRE), MMC-affiliated dealers in Japan will start offering consumers a low-price electric car charging plan, starting October 1, 2019.

Yes, it’s only in Japan for now. Depending on how well things go, the program could always make its way over here. Mitsubishi brought the Outlander PHEV to the states back in 2017 and so far it’s here to stay. If the automaker wants to continue its success in the alternative fuel market on a global scale, then expanding programs like this charging plan is the next step. It does make sense to not go global with it just yet, for two reasons. For one, a lot of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle sales for Mitsubishi come from Europe in Japan, so setting up a special program here probably wouldn’t be much of a payoff.

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