Mitsubishi Reportedly Working on Plug-in Hybrids, Electric Coupe

Since the hybrid market tends to grow up as more and more customers are looking for this kind of vehicles, altering production to concentrate on hybrid pretty much makes sense. This is exactly what Mitsubishi prepares to do, according to Clean Green Cars, as the Japanese manufacturer gets ready to step into the hybrid market with its very own model.

Obviously, the hybrid would be mostly based on the same principle as all the others hybrids already available on the market or scheduled for release in the next few years: the vehicle runs on battery for a limited range (usually between 40 and 60 miles) but also features an additional small-displacement combustion engine that automatically recharges batteries while in motion and using regenerative braking energy technologies.

And according to the aforementioned source, Mitsubishi's new goal is to become “the world's most environmentally friendly car company” so such a model would really help it achieve this goal. However, the Japanese automaker wants even more than that: an electric coupe based on the i MiEV Sport coupe concept displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2007.

The concept was a four-wheel drive vehicle powered by three engines, two of them mounted on the front wheels and one installed in the rear side of the car.

Clean Green Cars says Mitsubishi will debut an upgraded version of the i MiEV Sport Coupe concept at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show which is expected to be pretty much similar to the final production model prepared for early 2010.

And beside all of these environmentally-friendly plans, Mitsubishi will also launch the Colt hatchback this spring, an upgraded model featuring multiple low-emission functions.
If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram
About the author: Bogdan Popa
Bogdan Popa profile photo

Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
Full profile


Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories