• Mar 8, 2011
Mitsubishi has lit a fire under the enthusiast community by announcing that the automaker is planning to send the Evolution out to pasture in order to focus solely on electric vehicle and hybrid development. Currently, the Evolution is an all-wheel drive terror best suited for locking horns with the Subaru WRX STI, and while rumors had arisen that the Japanese automaker was working on a new hybrid system for the vehicle, Gauy Eusegi, the company's global product director, effectively put those whispers to bed. While at the Geneva Motor Show, Eusegi was quoted as saying that while there is still plenty of demand for the Evolution, Mitsubishi had to stop producing the vehicle to focus its attentions elsewhere.

Those attentions, it turns out, are firmly set on electric vehicles and hybrids. Previously, Mitsubishi had announced that it intends to unveil a plug-in electric by 2013, and that in the future, all of its products will be engineered to accept a hybrid or electric drivetrain.

Unfortunately, that's not welcome news to the hordes left licking their wounds over the death of the Evolution. An entire movement has since cooked up to fight against the electrification of Mitsubishi all together.

[Sources: Green Car Reports, Daily Tech]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      since evolution didn't pan out how about make a super slick ultra light high performance EV instead that can run circles around the evo. maybe call it creation : )
      • 3 Years Ago
      Giving the middle finger to your most passionate fans is not a recipe for success.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yep, still cleaner. guess where the majority of our oil comes from in the USA? shale, bitumen, and oil sands. All which end up producing about 3 times more emissions overall due to all the processing and energy required to turn that into something that can go into a gas tank.

        If we had light sweet crude pouring out of the ground like in the early 1900's, and our energy source was 100% coal, your argument would hold weight.

        Electric cars also regenerate their power during braking and don't idle at a stop.
        Electric drive, from the socket to the wall, is about 70% efficient or better.
        A gas car is about 20% efficient.. from the ground to the combustion chamber on the oil we use.. probably about 10% efficient.

        • 3 Years Ago
        Catering to ignorants? You mean like getting everyone to drive EV's when your power grid is run on 75% fossil fuel ?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @High Climber
        "You mean like getting everyone to drive EV's when your power grid is run on 75% fossil fuel ?"
        Still much cleaner than your average ICE and from a domestic source. Like most people against EVs, for some reason you assume EV buyers haven't thought about this before, when EV buyers are typically the ones that care the most about using cleaner power sources.
        • 3 Years Ago
        sure it is. you just have to give them something better. catering to ignorants is what got us in this mess in the first place. let us not discourage what little leadership they are showing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi is the best thing automotive enthusiasts in the U.S. have seen for some time. If they dump the EVO so be it, I am a Lancer GTS lover anyway. More practical yet still delivers in the twisties and solid powertrain, and looks better than anything American-built (yep, including the Stang and Challenger) , German built or any other Asian copy-cat car out there. Long live Mitsubishi...their CEO has said it so many times yet the American car-buying public still wants to take out bets on when they fold. Repeat after me...not only will you get your best all-electric car in America from Mitsubishi but also know that Mitsubishi is not going to pull up stakes and leave the U.S., either.

      Repeat after me...not only will you get your best all-electric car in America from Mitsubishi but also know that Mitsubishi is not going to pull up stakes and leave the U.S., either.

      Repeat after me...not only will you get your best all-electric car in America from Mitsubishi but also know that Mitsubishi is not going to pull up stakes and leave the U.S., either.
      • 3 Years Ago
      $100+/barrel oil does much to focus the mind.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Because US customers only buy big and giant cars?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Huh, John?

        They are making a special version of the MiEV for the United States.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Is it selling today? No.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Which is why Mitsu is selling the Miev everywhere except the US?

        Do they fear the Volt or Leaf? I don't get it.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If this truly happens then Mitsubishi signed their life away
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does anyone seriously care? If they did, they would have bought one.

      It is the best and only note worthy mitsu car long with the i-miev.
      The days of Tommi makinen, Rally art and WRC are over. The successive EVO designs have gotten worse and the whole modifying and japanese import culture has started to wane....people are moving on and the company needs to adapt or die
      • 3 Years Ago
      Considering that they need to actually start meeting CAFE regs sometime soon, killing the EVO is a total no brainer; it eats gas like a v8, and they sell maybe a hundred a month? ( that's probably an optimistic number )

      Let's hope they replace this with an AWD electric sports car in the future. AWD is extremely easy to pull off with an electric drivetrain.. no middle drive shaft required.. Just one big motor per axle.. and modulating the power between the wheels can be done precisely with electronic controls..

      I am excited to see what the future holds; i am glad Mitsubishi is spending more time on electrics; their gas engines are not so great, but their parent company has the means to do a mass electric rollout.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Mitsu is on record selling about 150 EVO per month, making EVO a small fraction of the overall Lancer sales.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They already did something similar with four wheel motors in the 2005 Evolution MIEV.
        AWD and accurate torque/power control at each wheel IS relatively easy to do with an electric drive-train and I think an EV with such a system can still easily out-handle most cars despite the additional weight of batteries. The prime example I look at is the Nissan GT-R. When Nissan revealed its weight, most people didn't expect it to handle so well, but it does, primarily because of the AWD system.

        However, I think such a performance EV won't appear until Mitsubishi's sales improve significantly. That's probably why they are cutting the EVO too. The sales probably doesn't justify the amount of development that went into it. And for people claiming it is Mitsubishi's halo car, I would say it has failed miserably in being a halo car since Mitsubishi sales are down in the dumps. Focusing on EVs makes sense right now because they are all the buzz right now, while interest in hot Japanese RWD/AWD imports seems to have completely waned except for a couple hold-overs that have stayed popular (WRX/STi and 370Z).
        • 3 Years Ago
        2000 a year surprises me, i suppose it is more popular than the rx-8 then.

        IMHO that is really not enough to justify mass producing something. I think Mitsubishi sells about 4000 cars a month right now. That's gotta hurt.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well put comments, you menace you! You are becoming a menace to the oil economy. ; ) Don't know if it is true or not but a commenter on ABG regular commented they sold 2000 EVO's per year. Maybe just last year, IDK.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't cry track guys. maybe they will build an electric EVO.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ya, 500 pounds of extra junk bolted to the car. whoo hooo.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I wasn't serious; but, may be with an extra 500 lbs, I'll have a chance to pass one in my Z.
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