TOKYO, JAPAN – Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said it will be showing 15 vehicles at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, including the Concept PX-MiEVII plug-in hybrid SUV, the Minicab-MiEV light commercial truck due for release in the Japanese market next month, and the i-MiEV that will be released in the U.S. market in early 2012.
Alongside these will be the RVR compact SUV (ASX or Outlander Sport in some markets) powered by a new MIVEC engine that incorporates Mitsubishi’s Auto Stop & Go (AS&G) idle-stop technology and the Pajero (Montero or Shogun in some markets) SUV powered by a “clean diesel” engine.
The Concept PX-MiEVII’s plug-in hybrid system uses high-capacity batteries that allow the vehicle to cover over 50 km (31 miles) in all-electric mode alone, allowing it to be driven solely as an EV.
Depending on power consumption and remaining battery charge, the system will start the engine automatically as a generator and the engine can also be used to help drive the wheels as necessary.
In addition, with the push of a button, the driver can select Battery Drive Mode when he or she wishes to drive quietly and emissions-free (at sufficient battery levels) in residential areas or the countryside using pure EV power. At the same time, the driver can also switch to Battery Charge Mode while on the move, controlling use of battery power and using the engine as a generator to charge the batteries.
A socket fitted to the vehicle allows the electricity stored in the drive batteries to be used to power electric appliances or to provide an emergency power source. In addition, the quick-charge port is vehicle-to-home (V2H) compatible.
The Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEVⅡ uses a newly developed twin-motor four-wheel-drive system mated to Mitsubishi’s S-AWC (Super-All Wheel Control) advanced traction control system.
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