Mitsubishi Plans Plug-in Hybrid for 2012

The company began selling its i-MiEV electric car in July 2009, but will introduce plug-in hybrid version in 2013

Published: 01-Oct-2009

Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the maker of the i-MiEV electric minicar, will display a plug-in hybrid concept sport-utility vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show this month, as it seeks to add larger alternative-energy models.

The PX-MiEV has a fuel economy of 50 kilometers per liter (118 miles per gallon), according to the carmaker. The SUV has a 1.6-liter gasoline engine and a lithium-ion battery that can be recharged at a household outlet. Mitsubishi Motors aims to introduce a similar vehicle around 2013, said Noboru Mori, an advanced technology specialist at the company.

Mitsubishi Motors joins carmakers including Toyota Motor Corp. in planning to release plug-in hybrids. Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, plans to deliver its first plug-in Prius hybrids with lithium batteries to U.S., Japanese and European fleets later this year. General Motors Co.’s plug-in Volt is scheduled to go on sale late next year, and Ford Motor Co. plans to introduce plug-in hybrid models in 2012.


VW Golf is equipped with Sanyo battery pack that gives it 30 miles of AER.

The 1.4 liter diesel engine in VW's Twin Drive system actually drives the wheels, whereas the engine in the Volt only charges the battery as it approaches depletion.

Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid Prototype, one of 20 being tested by US electric utilities.

The funding being announced Tuesday will help the automaker continue to work on its demonstration fleet of 20 plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Chevy Volt range-extended electric car on display at Sydney Auto Show in Australia

The Volt's Sydney appearance is its first outside the US and only the second public showing globally.


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