If Mitsubishi is serious about its electrification efforts, it has to offer more than the pint-sized all-electric i in the States. That's where the Concept PX-MiEV II comes in.

What you're looking at is the plug-in hybrid version of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander, something Mitsubishi confirms is set to go on sale sometime in 2012.

A traditional 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is mounted up front, but each rear axle has an electric motor that's fed power by a lithium-ion battery pack spanning the floor. Mitsubishi claims the MX-MiEV II can run up to 31 miles on electric power alone, and if you mash the gas the system switches to parallel hybrid mode by engaging the engine. All told, you should be able to make it up to 500 miles on a single tank, but if you're commute is less than 15 miles, you could go gas-free for months.


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      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      A useful addition to the growing class of Range extended EV's. Depending on the price, the vehicle will play an important role in reducing a traditionally 'gasoline wasteful' class of vehicles.
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought there would be lots of posts from people excited by this, as there have been many complaining that they can't use electric vehicles to tow their boats, out in the wilderness and so on, and that the Volt does not provide enough room. Now it looks like something that will do the job is coming, it has gone very quiet!
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        @DaveMart I'm with you! I think vehicles like this, especially from Mitsubitshi are very exciting developments.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        PS The ASX is smaller: http://www.mitsubishi-cars.co.uk/range/
        Naturenut99
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        Dave, I am partially excited, but so far it is a concept although it does sound like it is definitely coming to production. But also the EV miles are a little low, and I'm afraid of what the charge sustaining mode is going to be. I didn't see that listed. But it'll obviously be less than the Volt, which is already lower than what it could be. The gen 1 Volt doesn't do a lot better for me than my converted Prius because of my miles/ trips and it's C.S. mode mpg. So while I'm very happy about it being AWD, and I'm hoping can handle rough roads better than the Prius (I constantly have to have my realignment being redone) I do have to wait for more specs before coming to a conclusion. Plus, I never thought I would ever consider a Mitsubishi before. But this could be a vehicle that would change my mind about that.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        Its supposed to get 140.9 imperial gallons on the Japanese 10-15 fuel cycle, whatever that means in the real world.
        EV Now
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        Well, I'd be very excited about this - if this was a production vehicle. At this stage - concepts aren't very interesting.
          Naturenut99
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EV Now
          LTAW, I understand what your saying but I don't think you read it clearly enough... He said HE WOULD BE VERY EXCITED IF IT WERE PRODUCTION not just a concept. Yes car co's like enthusiasm, and he said he would be if they produced it. Not that he wasn't excited about it. He was telling them he would be excited if they produced it.
          letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EV Now
          Showing excitement over concepts is how automakers gauge whether to build them or not. Believe it or not, automakers love customer feedback, and when we get excited about EV concepts - they get excited about EV reality. This is an enthusiast's blog, fer cryin out loud - show some enthusiasm!
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        @Naturenut: Well, it isn't a Jeep, but should have no trouble with roughish roads as it is designed for that unlike the Prius: 'Slotting the AWC into 4WD Auto model on an unsealed gravel road, I stomped the accelerator pedal from standstill and the Outlander didn't lose traction at all, which was impressive. Ground clearance isn't brilliant (claimed at 210mm) and we did snag a few times on uneven and bumpy terrain, but it can climb up some pretty steep hills when pushed thanks to a 21.9º approach angle. That said, average ABS and no downhill descent controls can make navigating steep off-road descents quite nerve wracking, and the CVT is more suited to sealed-road driving than boggy 4WD tracks and the like. It feels quite self-assured both on and off road, kind of like a mountain goat. And from the front end it almost look like a big metallic goat as well. More suited to normal asphalt roads (hence the road-biased 215/70 R16 tyre tread patterns) the Outlander is nevertheless adept enough to hit up some bush trails, and it's perfect for loading up camping gear and canoes or just heading up dirt tracks when the you feel like it. As an example, we were cruising along some back country roads in North Eastern Victoria to see how the Outlander performed round corners, and we came across an semi-beaten trail leading away from the bitumen. We gingerly followed it and after a couple of kilometres of bouncing around on some very rocky and uneven roads, we came across an amazing plateau of sorts, affording a stunning view of region. Though it's no LandCruiser, it has a decent capacity to sling mud, and being able to head off road at a whim and reach places that most road cars can't is a cool aspect of this car.' http://www.webwombat.com.au/motoring/news_reports/mitsubishi-outlander-review.htm That's the conventional AWD Outlander of course, but there would seem no reason to imagine the hybrid won't do as well. I don't have any information on the mileage on the hybrid, but presumably it will do a lot worse than the Prius on a run as it is big and heavy with the aerodynamics of a brick.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        I'd agree if this were most manufacturers, but not Mitsubishi, as they are fully committed to electrification, and have to do everything they can to increase volume to bring their costs down on batteries and so on. These are guys who already have two electric cars on the road. They are not just aiming at one plug in hybrid, but two for next year as well as another small all electric car, probably using next generation batteries (Toshiba SCiB?): 'A PLUG-IN hybrid version of the Mitsubishi ASX compact SUV might beat a similarly electrified version of the Japanese manufacturer’s Outlander on to the Australian market, potentially arriving in as little as 12 months. Although the petrol-electric Outlander has been confirmed for Australia alongside its petrol and diesel siblings in 2013, Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd (MMAL) today hinted that it has its eyes on another plug-in SUV that could arrive in 2012, which would make it the second electrified Mitsubishi vehicle to go on sale on this market after the all-electric i-MiEV city car that today was confirmed for an August debut. An all-electric powertrain option is also expected in the Colt-replacing Global Small car at some point after the conventional petrol variant is launched next year. These vehicles will be among eight EV or plug-in hybrid vehicles to be produced by the Japanese manufacturer by 2015, spreading across the range as Mitsubishi attempts to cut its average CO2 emissions in half by 2020.' http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf/story2/FBC24FC9E1E8A8B4CA2578AA001B77D8
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      This sounds a excellent alternative for those wanting more space than a Volt. It has a split tailgate for more practicality too, and should be at home at the farmer's markets. The third row of seats is European style though, and only useful if you are in the habit of transporting children with no legs.
      Larz Larzen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Q: Do any of the hybrids recharge the batteries during engine ops, or do you have to wait 'til you find a plug-in?
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Larz Larzen
        'A driver-selected “Battery Charge” mode kicks in the engine-generator to recharge the batteries on the fly – a useful tool when approaching a city center where sustained all-electric mode will be needed.' See my previous link.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not sure if this is green or not. Dan, can you chip in?
      Larz Larzen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool. Did they have to license Toyota tech to get this done, or was it in-house?
        skierpage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Larz Larzen
        Mitsubishi hasn't licensed Toyota tech, but they could be buying transmissions from Toyota or Aisin. There's no mention of two motor-generators in the front, so it doesn't sound like the e-CVT in HSD or Voltec. Some reports say "The gasoline engine can be used as a generator (like the Chevy Volt) or to drive the wheels directly", but that can be done by clutches between the engine and motor. However, it seems to me the engine can't be generating electricity while the motor is powering the front wheels unless it's spinning a generator separate from that motor.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Larz Larzen
        Here is what Mitsubishi say: 'When the battery power gets low, the Concept PX-MiEV switches to Series Hybrid Mode which engages the gas engine to generate electricity. Regenerative breaks also create power by converting the kinetic energy of deceleration into electricity, which is then stored in the battery. Driving at higher speeds, Parallel Hybrid Mode adds the power of the gasoline engine to the front electric motor. When overtaking or driving on slick, rainy roads, the rear motor automatically engages for increased acceleration or sure-footed, four-wheel-drive performance, as necessary.' So it sounds as though you have to ease off enough so that the ICE motor disengages from directly driving the wheels to build up the batteries in series hybrid mode. http://www.mitsubishicars.com/MMNA/jsp/company/concepts.do
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      This looks very interesting, if they keep the 3rd row seating option. A good replacement for an SUV. Bring it!
        skierpage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        I think the third row seating is gone. "The company says the 5-seat hybrid Outlander"...
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @skierpage
          In Europe quite a few cars, especially CUVs are made which are 5-seater, but as an option you can have a bench installed which makes it then ludicrously get redesignated in that version as a 7-seater.
      Bryan Lund
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will it pay my nat.gas/electric bill as well? Than we'd really be talking some powerful bananas there, gentlemen. No, this would fit in well here in the frozen tundras up north with it's AWD setup and I like the powertrain technology. Truly a SUV for the future that will get the green-light in to production from Mitsu.
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      'Each rear axle has an electric motor?' How many rear axles does it have? In fact: 'The lithium-ion batteries power a pair of 60-kilowatt electric motors – one front, one rear, and the gas engine can generate up top 70 kilowatts of power to keep the motors turning when the batteries are depleted. Mitsubishi is targeting combined fuel economy at 140 miles per gallon (60 kilometers per liter) on the Japanese test cycle.' Also of interest: 'The Px-MiEV II also is equipped with an external electric socket to permit the battery pack to be used to power appliances such as computers and audio systems during camping trips our outdoor events. The plug-in hybrid Outlander’s rapid-charge port is designed to be vehicle-to-home compatible so the charged batteries can provide power to home appliances during power outages.' http://www.autoobserver.com/2011/11/mitsubishi-plug-in-hybrid-may-arrive-in-2014.html
        Ford Future
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        "can provide power to home appliances during power outages" - That's a very nice feature. - Nice to keep the refrigerator working. - Would be nice if there were a way to power the oil furnace intermittently as well.
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd assume that you can pretty much plug it into whatever you want, but an engineer would need to chip in to inform me of any issues.
      Bryan Lund
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh, so you can ask that your PX-MiEV's batteries be re-charged while you're out on the expressway, so that when you enter the city you can switch to all-electric mode and save ghastly then, eh? I'm liking this new SUV more every day!
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