Mitsubishi To Debut Two New Plug-In Concepts: Sport Utility Truck And A Longer Range MiEV

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Teaser Shot Of Mitsubishi's Plug-In Hybrid Truck

Teaser Shot Of Mitsubishi’s Plug-In Hybrid Truck

Early next month at the Geneva Motor Show, Mitsubishi has announced it will be debuting two brand new concepts indicating where the company thinks the future of the plug-in electric car is going.  Naturally, teaser shots of the vehicles are part of the equation.

Concept GR-HEV

Adding to the Outlander PHEV, which is already on sale in Japan (and coming to the US in January of 2014), Mitsubishi says that the GR-HEV, a sport utility hybrid truck would be an ideal lineup running-mate.

The GR-HEV is actually a 4WD, diesel-hybrid system in a pickup truck.   Mitsubishi claims that the SUT’s  “high fuel-efficiency clean diesel engine with a high-output motor and battery system achieves on-road CO2 emission levels of below 149 g/km to give it environmental performance among the best in its class.”

The Concept Mitsubishi CA-MiEV Promises A Lot More Range In A Bigger Package

The Concept Mitsubishi CA-MiEV Promises A Lot More Range In A Bigger Package

Concept CA-MiEV – The Suburban EV

Mitsubishi says that thanks to over 3 years of customer feedback on the i-MiEV, as well as some serious advancements in electric vehicle technology, the company now feels you can take the EV outside the city, with what it sees as possibility the “next generation of compact EVs.”

“As a showcase of the various technologies, MMC intends to introduce across its range of global vehicles, this sleek Concept CA-MiEV vehicle which can accommodate next generation EV systems and high density batteries. Lightweight with advanced aerodynamics, the CA-MiEV will offer a 300 km (186 miles) driving range, perfectly suited for suburban and country daily life.”

Once again, we would suggest readers outside Japan take the 300km/186 miles estimated range with a grain of salt, as the Japanese JC08 standard is at play here again.  Still, 300 km on this standard does translate to about 110 miles on the more reasonable US/EPA system, which is much better than the 62 miles currently found in today’s i-MiEV.

It should also be noted that this concept CA-MiEV is more of a global platform, and is (thankfully) one size class larger than the current generation.  We hope both these vehicles get the green light in some form or another in the future.

The Geneva Show begins March 5th (open to the public on the 7th) through to the 17th, and we will bring you lots of non-shadowy pictures then.

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6 responses to "Mitsubishi To Debut Two New Plug-In Concepts: Sport Utility Truck And A Longer Range MiEV"

  1. Josh says:

    It is good to see they at least are working on the next-gen MiEV. Sadly if they are just bringing the concept to show now, it probably won’t hit the market before Nissan trumps them with a range increase on the LEAF.

    As far as the GR-HEV, it sounds like a great idea, but why develop yet another drivetrain. Why not slap the Outlander PHEV setup onto a pickup form factor? 4WD, lots of power, and electric range for short trips, sounds perfect for a truck. Just add in the ability to tap the battery for work purposes (lights, drills, welder, etc.).

    1. Gwido says:

      I agree with you about using the existing drivetrain.
      And the Outlander PHEV already can power electric tools from it’s battery. Here’s an excerpt from the Japan announcement:
      “The 100V AC power supply can produce up to 1,500W of 100V alternating current from dual interior outlets to power all kinds of appliances for outdoor leisure use and in emergencies”

  2. kdawg says:

    The looks like a mini-Avalanche, maybe call it the Mitsubishi Flurry, or Mitsubishi Blast

  3. shawn marshall says:

    Happy Valentine’s day from Statik to Miev.

    1. statik says:

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