Mitsubishi, which will unveil the latest version of its Outlander crossover at the Geneva International Motor Show next month, will start selling a battery-electric version of the CUV by next spring.

The Japanese automaker said it will add an "EV-based Outlander model" to its lineup during its fiscal year 2012, indicating that the EV will start sales by March 31, 2012. Mitsubishi didn't provide further details on specifications, price or range, saying only that the powertrain would be based on Mitsubishi's "already existing EV technology." Last July, Ward's Auto reported that Mitsubishi would start selling a plug-in hybrid-electric version of the Outlander Sport in 2013. The automaker first unveiled a concept version of the plug-in at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show,

Mitsubishi's battery-electric crossover marks its continued efforts to cut its fleets' carbon footprint by way of broader electrification. Mitsubishi, which started selling its battery-electric Mitsubishi i on the West Coast and in Hawaii last November, last month confirmed that the i would be available nationwide by summer, earlier than expected. The car, which costs about $6,000 less than the $35,200 Nissan Leaf battery electric, was named in November by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy as the U.S.'s most fuel-efficient vehicle in terms of its so-called miles-per-gallon-equivalent ratings.

Earlier this month, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranked the Mitsubishi i the "greenest" car sold in the U.S. this year. The ACEEE had bestowed that award on the Honda Civic Natural Gas for the previous eight straight years, though the Leaf shared last year's distinction with the CNG-powered Civic.



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      Bryan Lund
      • 3 Years Ago
      DaveMart--thank you for explaining all of this Mitsubishi technology in great detail. Apparently Mitsubishi's engineering crew have pretty much thought of everything with this new 2012 Outlander crossover. I like the icy-snowy savior effects of this SUV, and the fact that it just automatically goes to work saving you when it detects slippage. Wife and I may very well be in the market for one of these if the '08 Lancer GTS ever gives up the ghost. The way things are going with the beautiful compact, I don't see that happening for another 6-8 years! It is a great car...yes, Mitsubishi is the best IMHO. I won't buy anything else...ever. I said ever and I do mean ever, car nuts.
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      @Anderlan: Its called the Twizy.
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its battery rental and not coming to the US. It shows what can be done though, and Nissan were toying with their own version and will have spare capacity in North America.
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think his point was not so much the commitment, but more from the standpoint that Mitsubishi has not had that much luck with cars since.....mmmmmm....I think the Eclipse was their last big seller - and wasn't that even a joint project with GM/Geo? Conversely, one could say that with underachiever after underachiever, Mitsubishi could just say, "Eff it" and jump into electrics with both feet, and not stop with one car like Nissan and GM (I know, they have others, but GM sold like 9 hybrids last year not counting the Volt, and Nissan...do they still have any hybrid models?) did. Best of Luck Mitsu!
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      Actually, we already know quite a lot about the car: 'The company says the 5-seat hybrid Outlander will deliver up to 31 miles (50 kilometers) of all-electric range on its grid-charged battery pack before the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine-generator kicks in. Overall range on one battery charge and a tank of fuel is 500 miles (800 kilometers). 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. While Mitsubishi publicly refers to the model being shown in Tokyo as a concept, company insiders have told AutoObserver that a plug-in hybrid Outlander is being planned for 2013 as a 2014 model. Because the U.S. fuel economy test is not compatible with the Japanese and European tests, a U.S. version of the plug-in hybrid Outlander would likely be rated at closer to 100 miles per gallon in combined gas and electric travel. Other features on the concept include a “Battery Drive’ mode that allows the driver to keep the vehicle in all-electric mode while driving in the city “quiet” and “low emission” zones that are being introduced in parts of Europe and Asia. 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. 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 For all the folks in the countryside who need to travel over rough country, cope with deep snow and be able to travel further than the range of pure electrics this is surely the answer. For areas where tornadoes, hurricanes and so on are a risk the ability to tap the battery will be literally a life saver. So by next spring there will be a choice of the Ford Fusion plug in, the Maxi Energ and this, but this is the only one which is a 4wd until the probably much more expensive Tesla X debuts. Way to go, Mitsubishi! :-)
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's a bad platform but interesting. hopefully they'll have gotten a price clue by then but probably not. seeing as japan has over 800 chademo chargers japan might well be the dull leader in EVs in the coming years, sneaking in a total transformation without anyone noticing.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        This is the first motor which can really make a dent in the SUV crowd, and that is where the petrol is really burnt. There are pick up versions of this too in the ICE range. Forgetting for a moment what you htink they should do, and your assumptions about cost, for this sort of vehicle where, even if some of the people who buy this rarely use it, the demand is for plenty of power to pull boats etc at the present price batteries are actually being charged at this is a good way of doing things. For those occasions you have 190kw on tap, but most of the time the petrol engine is not even running, and the first 11,000 miles of driving per year are likely to be petrol free, which since the average is 12,000 in the US is likely to be pretty effective in reducing petrol use. For the snow belt there is 4WD as soon as you hit an icy patch, but with none of the fuel penalty of normal 4WD and no transmission tunnel. I am really, really hoping they use their Toshiba supplier for the batteries instead of GS Yausa, as that would give awesome quick charging ability plus super-long battery life, and unbeatable performance down to -30C for folk living in chilly regions. I'd expect to see Toshiba SCiB batteries bequeathed to the grandchildren as part of the family estate! ;-) On a technical level too, given the present pace of battery progress, in a few years if oil prices go through the roof you could sell your present battery and buy one with twice the capacity, so that you have a 60-mile EV range. There would be no need to scrap it as is the case with present gas-burner F150's and so on, as all the parts of the drive train are there to cope with a bigger battery. It might not be your dream, but to me it looks as though it will do a pretty effective job.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          there is no demand to pull boats are horses. there is only stupidity. half of USA doesn't own a large boat they have to transport. some education will make a dent in the SUV crowd. but noone has the spine to tell them off.
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          To put figures on that, and really stretching things, perhaps we could eventually get 500 mpge out of a hyperefficient, super aerodynamic car, which is likely to have to heavily compromise accomodation and convenience to do so. That same gallon of petrol would only carry you about a fifth as far in this lug in 100 mpge Outlander, so you would need 5 gallons to travel the same distance. If you upgraded from this to the ultra efficient car you would have saved 4 gallons of petrol. The SUV ICE this would replace would be lucky if it saw 20mpg, so that is another factor of five and the 25 gallons it would use to go 500 miles comes down to 5 for the plug in, a saving of 20 gallons. So going from the ICE to the plug in saves 20 gallons, upgrading further to the super efficient car would only save another 4 gallons. This is where the big savings are, not the move to hyper efficiency.
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          DF: It really doesn't matter whether you or I think that they shouldn't be doing it or not. The fact is that they are, and this can save 80% of the petrol needed to do it. Going on from this vehicle to a super efficient one would only save comparatively small amount of petrol.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          or*
      • 3 Years Ago
      mitsubishi's are crap...
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hi 2WM. I could not understand where you were coming from, as the US and UK are very different it appears for Mitsubishi. The Mitsubishi's are popular here as a choice for those wanting SUV's and pick-ups, anecdotally I see far more locally than the Ford equivalent. New engines are being introduced which are far better than the old, and their cabins are a really comfortable place to be. If there is one thing this won't be, it is slow. Check out the specs again. If you want to, you can really put the hammer down, and have two 60kw electric motors and the 70kw kicking in, for a total of 190kw: 'At slow and moderate speeds (for example, a morning commute in the city), the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid System operates in all-electric EV Mode. Here the Concept PX-MiEV becomes a front-wheel-drive vehicle, powered by its battery pack and the front electric motor. In short, it offers fun-to-drive power with zero emissions. Furthermore, the Concept PX-MiEV monitors road conditions and adapts to them. So if it's raining, or if the road is slick with snow, electric power is automatically provided to the rear motor, effectively turning the car into an electric four-wheel-drive vehicle. 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.' http://www.mitsubishicars.com/MMNA/jsp/company/concepts.do If that doesn't move you down the road at a fair old lick I don't know what will!
      EV Now
      • 3 Years Ago
      Headline says - by March '13. The story says "EV-based Outlander model" to its lineup during its fiscal year 2012, indicating that the EV will start sales by March 31, 2012". Which is it - I guess 2013, unfortunately. Looks like Mitsu will become the first OEM to offer ICE, EV & PHEV versions of the same vehicle. Looking forward to the announcement.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EV Now
        There is no EV version of the Outlander, When ABG say EV, they mean PHEV.
          EV Now
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          Duh - I should have guessed. I was all excited. Sigh. Anyway, the PHEV is still a very big improvement - and we may end up buying it if we don't like C-Max Energi.
          Ele Truk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          Yes, the title is a bit misleading. "Battery Electric" makes you think EV, but it's actually PHEV.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EV Now
        The 2012 fiscal year goes from April 2012 to March 2013, and the March 2012 date is, almost unbelievably, an ABG mistake. It is March 2013.
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hi 2WM. I could not understand where you were coming from, as the US and UK are very different it appears for Mitsubishi. The Mitsubishi's are popular here as a choice for those wanting SUV's and pick-ups, anecdotally I see far more locally than the Ford equivalent. New engines are being introduced which are far better than the old, and their cabins are a really comfortable place to be. If there is one thing this won't be, it is slow. Check out the specs again. If you want to, you can really put the hammer down, and have two 60kw electric motors and the 70kw kicking in, for a total of 190kw: 'At slow and moderate speeds (for example, a morning commute in the city), the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid System operates in all-electric EV Mode. Here the Concept PX-MiEV becomes a front-wheel-drive vehicle, powered by its battery pack and the front electric motor. In short, it offers fun-to-drive power with zero emissions. Furthermore, the Concept PX-MiEV monitors road conditions and adapts to them. So if it's raining, or if the road is slick with snow, electric power is automatically provided to the rear motor, effectively turning the car into an electric four-wheel-drive vehicle. 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.' http://www.mitsubishicars.com/MMNA/jsp/company/concepts.do If that doesn't move you down the road at a fair old lick I don't know what will!
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        The regular 2012 Outlander GT has a 230 hp engine, 171kw: http://autos.aol.com/cars-Mitsubishi-Outlander-2012-GT__4dr_Front_wheel_Drive/overview/ It does 0-60 in 7.0 seconds. Since the plug in hybrid can call on 190kw through all four wheels, then it should comfortably beat this.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, they can't do internal combustion so well, so i think this is a fitting path to take :) GL Mitsu, and i really hope you have your heart in this.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        I'm not sure why you are questioning Mitsubishi's commitment, when it was they, not Nissan, who built the first mass produced pure electric vehicle other than the converted Peugeot. They currently have perhaps the most extensive plans to go to BEV and plug in hybrid cars of any manufacturer, or if not close to it.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        DaveMart, The main reason i believe they do not have their heart in it, is because they've got an aging lineup of vehicles with exceptionally poor fuel economy ( makes Chrysler look good. ), and they seem to be reacting to CAFE increases ( like many companies ) by throwing an electric car out into the world whenever required, rather than committing massive amounts of $ as Nissan and Tesla have. The Mitsubishi I has been around for some time, still can't buy one in America. They may have good plans, but so far we are not seeing results.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 3 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          BTW, i sat in a JDM spec mitsubishi iMiev and loved the hell out of the stupid little thing. No idea why they revised it, but they ruined the visual appeal for me.. :( What i loathe most is that me and my lady ( both heavy and 6 ft. ) were super comfortable in the car, it was really the perfect size already ( and prolly lighter / more efficient )
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          You can buy the Mitsubishi-i now. http://i.mitsubishicars.com/ OK, it might be a few more months before delivery but they are selling them now.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 3 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Turbo, you're probably referring to the Lancer. Mitsu is generally way behind in internal combustion engine development; i do wonder how they remain in business.. maybe the Mitsubishi group is keeping them afloat as a pet project or something ..?
          TurboFroggy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          I agree. We were just on a test drive of a Mitsubishi I this weekend at a local Mitsu dealership. We asked the sales person "what other cars to you have that get more than 30 mpg?" he answed "we are in the only one.." dang... Even Chrysler with there "everything's gotta have a hemi" BS still sells a model that gets more than 30 mpg.
      Anderlan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know if this thing will sell, but sure, why not, see if it sticks. Someone needs to go the Think or Smart route and work on lightening up a 2 or 3 seater and giving it 25 mile range (optional 40) in order to save on the battery and get the whole package below $15k.
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Anderlan
        The Mitsubish-i is relatively close (at $21K) to $15K after tax-credit. $15K post-rebate may be possible if someone really pushes. $15K pre-rebate is just not possible.
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