• Dec 21, 2010
Word on the web is that Mitsubishi is bracing for the electrification of the automobile in a big way. According to Motor Trend, the Japanese automaker is in the midst of developing all of its future products so that they easily support an EV drivetrain or an internal combustion get up. That line of thinking seems to mesh well with the rumors of the upcoming hybrid crossover from Mitsubishi. The lumbering beast will supposedly take plenty of cues from the PX-MiEV that showed up at the 2009 Tokyo Auto Show, with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine working in conjunction with a pair of electric motors.

Additionally, Motor Trend seems to think that the current Montero is a likely platform to adopt a battery pack. The SUV may have died off from the American market, but it's still alive and kicking in Asia and Europe, and a little help from an electric motor would go a long way toward inching the vehicle's fuel economy down to more manageable levels.

And what of our beloved Lancer Evolution? From the sounds of things, even it might show up with electron-power in the near future, with the gasoline engine kicking at the rear tires and the front axles spun by a motor or two.

[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, please not to the EVO!!!

      Who started this "green" movement again? I'm gonna ki-...errr...kindly ask them to leave my cars alone:)
        • 4 Years Ago
        The same guy who invented the internet, jk jk haha!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, a fast electric car with go-kart handling and AWD at a bargain price would be terrible.

        Make it stop!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh noooo, please don't do this to the evo!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The only concern I'd have is the sound of the engine that after this operation might be a little bit daft... I love the sound of my Galant's V6!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yep. Single digit sales numbers coming.
      • 4 Years Ago
      An electric Evo done right would be freaking amazing. An electric Evo done wrong would kill Mitsubishi forever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it make more sense to put the electric motors on the rear, and the gas on the front? That way you'd have the huge torque from the electric motor at launch, when traction to the front wheels is limited, and the power to the front wheels when the car is at speed?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ah, makes sense, thanks!
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, because of regen. Since the majority of the braking force is at the front wheels, you can recapture more energy through the electric motors that would otherwise go to waste. If you only had the electric motors on the rear, you wouldn't be taking full advantage of the electric drivetrain.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just for a minute imagine an Electric Evo. Think of how much torque you could have going to all four wheels, and all the money you would save by not having to buy it premium gas.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Suddenly, the value on my Evo X just skyrocketed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cannot wait until an MIEV Evo comes out...

      Version 2005 of the MIEV Evo was officially badass... Electric motor in each wheel! http://www.worldcarfans.com/10508248659/mitsubishi-lancer-evolution-miev

      Whats with all the negativity around EVs? We are just beginning to scratch the surface of the potential of this technology used in modern autos... or we can just sit around and pray for direct injection on the EVO XIIII
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