Mitsubishi Expected To Make PHEV Technology Available To Nissan – In Return, LEAF Tech Headed To Mitsu
Even though the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV isn’t sold in the U.S. (we hear it may go on sale in America within one year or so) that doesn’t imply that the plug-in Outlander is unsuccessful.
In fact, the Outlander PHEV has been a hit in nearly every country it’s sold in, and that’s why Nissan (Renault-Nissan now controls Mitsubishi) is apparently interested in borrowing Mitsu’s PHEV tech,
In return, we’re led to believe that Nissan will offer up its LEAF EV technology to Mitsubishi, perhaps for the next-generation i-MiEV (which likely won’t be called the i-MIEV).
Ward’s Auto was first to report on this latest Renault-Nissan / Mitsubishi development, stating:
“The new-product moves are firmly under way without requiring any platform-sharing with Nissan, Swearingen says, adding that near-term the two will search for cost savings in less-visible areas such as transportation logistics and parts consolidation. Longer-term he expects Mitsubishi to contribute its PHEV technology to the group and Nissan to make its Leaf electric-vehicle technology available in return.”
Don Swearingen is executive vice president and chief operating officer at Mitsubishi Motors North America.
Swearingen made no additional LEAF /Mitsu PHEV comments beyond that, but of course it makes perfect sense for the automakers to share this costly-to-develop technology. We just hope the sharing happens sooner rather than later.