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Mitsubishi Pushes into Battery-Power with XR-PHEV

Plug-in hybrid concept hints at “changes that will affect our future.”

by on Nov.21, 2014

Mitsubishi continued its push into the EV segment at the Los Angeles Auto Show with its new XR-PHEV plug-in hybrid crossover.

It’s likely best known for SUVs and sports cars like the Outlander and the EVO pocket rocket, but Mitsubishi has been shifting emphasis with battery models like the little i-MiEV and the battery-powered race car that set a new record at this year’s Pike’s Peak Hill Climb.

So there’s reason to take seriously the new XR-PHEV, the angular plug-in hybrid crossover vehicle the maker is showing at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

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“We’re looking at changes that will affect our future,” suggested Mitsubishi Executive Vice President Don Swearingen. (more…)

Mitsubishi’s New “i” Battery Car Tops Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt

Japanese maker gets top EPA rating with 126 MPGe rating.

by on Jul.08, 2011

Mitsubishi hopes buyers will be drawn to the low price and high efficiency of its new "i" battery car.

While it may not have the marketing muscle behind it, Mitsubishi is likely to get some serious buzz for its new “i” battery car thanks to a 126 MPGe rating from the EPA – significantly higher than its two key electric vehicle competitors, the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt.

Originally known as the iMiEV, the curiously named Mitsubishi subcompact will also have a significant price advantage when it hits market in the coming months.  That could complicate the battle for supremacy in the small but potentially fast-emerging battery car market.

Since electric vehicles don’t use gasoline, the Environmental Protection Agency has adopted a complex formula to help motorists rate their energy efficiency in a way that can be reasonably compared to a conventional automobile, hence the designation Miles Per Gallon equivalent, or MPGe.

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The Mitsubishi i is rated at 126 MPGe in urban driving situations and 99 MPGe on the highway.  (Battery-based vehicles typically don’t do as well at freeway speeds because it takes more energy to move faster and there are less opportunities to recapture wasted energy.)

By comparison, the Nissan Leaf is rated at 106 MPGe City and 92 Highway, while EPA pegs the Chevy Volt’s numbers at 95 and 90.  Even the tiny Tesla Roadster doesn’t match Mitsubishi’s 4-door offering.  The latest version of that electric sports car has a 119 MPGe rating.


Will Mitsubishi, Nissan Partner On Battery Cars?

An alliance could be “a good one,” says Ghosn.

by on Dec.16, 2010

Mitsubishi and Nissan plan to cooperate on conventional vehicles - but may also partner on battery cars like Mitsubishi's iMIEV.

Nissan and Mitsubishi have announced a new joint venture, one that will have the two Japanese makers working together on a new minicar and other products.  But the two are apparently looking at other options that could include the joint production of electric vehicles – an emerging market segment where both makers have been staking out an early lead.

Nissan’s tie-up with the smaller, still-struggling Mitsubishi is just the latest partnership engineered by Ghosn, who first went to Tokyo in 1999 to manage an alliance between Nissan and the French automaker, Renault.  Since then, Ghosn has pushed the partners into a variety of other alliances and joint ventures, including a far-reaching partnership with Germany’s Daimler AG.

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“In the global auto industry, cooperation on specific projects among automakers is becoming increasingly common,” Ghosn said at a Tokyo news conference.  ”It is, in fact, a signal of how our industry is evolving to sustain success over the long term, by leveraging size, scale and investments more effectively to create more value.”