Mitsubishi USA's chief engineer for regulatory compliance, David Patterson sits down for an extended 2-part interview with EV World and talks about all things plug-in - past, present and future.

As the two part video is quite lengthy (37 mins) - but also quite excellent, we have time stamped the topics of interest covered.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV at 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV AT Chicago Auto Show (Image: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs)

Mitsubishi i-MiEV at 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV AT Chicago Auto Show (Image: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs)

Topics covered in Part 1 - above (time stamp):

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV history (1:00)
  • US conversion of the i-MiEV to North American spec (2:58)
  • Mitsu's 20-20 plan - "20% of vehicles electric drive by 2020" (5:00)
  • PSA/Citroen's rebadge of the i-MiEV in Europe (6:30)
  • Normal, Illinois - EV Town USA update (9:25)
  • What's wrong with i-MiEV sales vs the Nissan LEAF?  Mr. Patterson points to his company's small size, smaller ad budget - not the car itself.  Fair?  (12:30)
  • Small range an issue for the i-MiEV?  Plans for more miles in the future? (14:00)
  • Outlander PHEV introduction to the US in 2016 - "still squishy", Mitsubishi forced to developed special US model - America no longer #1 EV market (17:00)

Full Size 4WD PHEV Built In America Coming Soon?

Full Size 4WD PHEV Built In America Coming Soon?

Topics covered in Part 2 - above (time stamp):

  • Choosing Europe for Outlander PHEV (0:00)
  • Mitubishi's involvement in the Pike's Peak Hill Climb competition (1:30)
  • Recall of all EV concepts/prototype vehicles back to Japan after tsunami disaster in 2011 (4:30)
  • Subsequent demand for the "MiEV Powerbox" (2 way power) in Japan for both the I-MiEV and Outlander PHEV (6:10)
  • Key "lessons and hiccups" learned over past 8 years - "ideal infrastructure" needed (7:30)
  • On Early Outlander PHEV battery issues (9:20)
  • Future of i-MiEV?  Different all-electric "sports" version?  Focus now is on PHEV - crossover SUV, 4WD SUV (10:30)
  • Outlander PHEV rollout plans for the US in 2016 (14:30)
  • 2016 i-MiEV changes - new 7" screen/nav functions (16:30)
  • Hints about US production of a new PHEV (17:00)
Hat tip to offib!