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Mitsubishi Motors Expands Its Electric Lineup

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

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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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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Reignites

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We’ve all been wondering how the auto industry is going to come back from the global pandemic that was the coronavirus. With the economy struggling to get back up and many auto manufacturers skittish about what the future holds, there are several automakers hitting the ground running. Three of these automakers belong to the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, and after a recent news conference, we’re now learning about the new plans the Alliance has to bounce back. It all comes down to a new strategy, a type of “Follow the Leader” agenda.

Initially, when Renault-Nissan added Mitsubishi Motors to the Alliance, the plan was to stay the course. The new Alliance would consist of three automotive brands, but each automaker continued to act as a competitor. At the same time, platforms and technologies were to be developed that could be shared across the three automakers, and some vehicles would even be rebadged. After the effects of the Coronavirus thrashing the automotive industry, many automakers are searching for ways to pick up themselves, but Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi Motors are leaning into their counterparts for support.

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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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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 Opens New Low-Price EV Charging Plan in Japan

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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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Mitsubishi July Sales Remind Us Hatchbacks Are Alive

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There’s been an interesting development with the sales of Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) as of late. Although the flagships of the automaker are the Mitsubishi Outlander SUV and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, their recent sales say otherwise. We’re halfway into 2019 and automakers are releasing their second-quarter sales. When we take a look at Mitsubishi Motors sales in the North American market, crossovers and hatchbacks surprisingly reign supreme. Let’s take a look at the changes coming to Mitsubishi Motors.

When the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV first came to America, it really turned some heads. Sales for the Outlander PHEV were so good, that the automaker hit a large milestone, and sold 200,000 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV units earlier this year (April 2019). With the Outlander plug-in hybrid doing so well, one would think that this just means Mitsubishi Motors needs to focus on its alternative fuel vehicles.

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Mitsubishi Unveils New Concepts in Tokyo

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2019 has begun, and after the exciting year for Mitsubishi Motors and the Renault-Nissan Alliance with the Alliance Ventures funding campaign, the automaker is already booming with news. New vehicles and vehicle concepts have begun to come out of the woodwork as it were, and the next concept(s) we’ll see will show up at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon this January, 2019. One of these concepts are destined to stay overseas, but the other two are new variants for the popular Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

The first new concept is actually another take on a vehicle already popular in Japan for Mitsubishi Motors. It’s a vehicle in the shape of a cargo van called the Delica. Now, we’re not sure if the Delica is like the Ram ProMaster that can come with upfits, but if anyone were to call the new Delica a cargo van, they’d be mistaken.

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Mitsubishi Motors is Ready for the LA Auto Show

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You know, with all of the automakers and concepts that showed up at SEMA 2018 this year, we were kind of surprised that we didn’t see Mitsubishi Motors – at all. With all of the new concepts and buzz surrounding the automaker, we surely thought Mitsubishi would use one of the largest auto shows to show off what’s new. Then again, SEMA is known as a Specialty Equipment Market Association show, and only a limited time (maybe a week) is offered up for the auto show. Perhaps Mitsubishi Motors is aiming for another show coming up soon, such as the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show?

Mitsubishi Coming to the LA Auto Show?

Yeah, that seems to be the plan. According to a flyer for a press conference (seen above), Mitsubishi Motors will be taking the stage during the AutoMobility LA, a day of conferences for the press to sink their teeth into before the convention doors open in the coming days. Set for Wednesday, November 28, 2018, Mitsubishi will be talking about where the automaker is headed, and what’s to come.

Well, Mitsubishi Motors has been discussing hybrid SUVs for a year now, and we’ve also seen numerous concept art renditions for the new Mitsubishi Lancer crossover. Most of all though, the new Mitsubishi Truck, the Triton/L200, is said to debut in November. HINT-HINT.

Plus, there’s the Alliance 2022 plan with Renault-Nissan. We’re supposed to see a lot of good things coming from the alliance soon. In addition, we know Kia Motors is heading to the LA Auto Show, and we know Mitsubishi wouldn’t want to be outdone by a rival. The Outlander PHEV and Niro PHEV do compare pretty well, after all.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Gives Consumers a Choice

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It has been almost a year since the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV made it to American shores. This plug-in hybrid crossover from Mitsubishi Motors has sure made a lot of headway, breaking ground in Canada with augmented reality, and going up against other plugins, when we compared the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the Kia Niro PHEV. Before the year ends, let’s take a look at all the good about the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV powertrain and how it can change the way people drive.

Will That Be Gasoline or Electric?

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) really can offer the best of both worlds. With the ability to drive in one of three modes, consumers have the option to use the power of the internal combustion engine or the electric motor to get where they want to go. Simply with the press of a button, a consumer can drive purely on electricity for 22 miles by selecting the “EV” mode. This mode is perfect for driving in the city when high speeds aren’t the norm.

If hitting the highway, a consumer may choose the “Charge” mode to give the battery a rest and switch over to the gasoline engine. This mode will also cause the engine to charge the battery as it runs. Of course, if looking to enjoy the best of both, a driver can take the “Parallel Hybrid” route and use both, the engine and electric motor in tandem. While doing this, to increase their driving range, they can click the “Save” driving mode, and choose how much regenerative braking recharges the battery. This could potentially lead to an even greater distance than the total driving range average of 310 miles for the Outlander PHEV. Even so, a fuel economy of 74 MPGe, or the equivalent of mileage when factoring in electric energy consumption, is pretty great!

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