On the opening press day of the Geneva Motor Show, it can be hard to know where to look first, but there is one stand which has particularly caught our eye this morning: Mitsubishi’s.
With a new concept building on the success of the i-MiEV electric car, a plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander and a new light and efficient B-segment vehicle called the Mirage, all on display, this Japanese brand is certainly worth checking out as a priority.
First comes the CA-MiEV, a B-segment vehicle intended to showcase where Mitsubishi could take its electric car technology next. While not currently intended for production, Mitsubishi says the model showcases developments its made in battery and electric drivetrain technology, which will enable it to make larger electric vehicles.
Supported by three years of feedback from its global audience of i-MiEV customers, the new CA-MiEV offers a range of around 187 miles per charge-enough, the firm claims for about one week’s worth of driving for an average European customer.
This roughly doubling of the driving range compared to the i-MiEV electric city car, is achieved through the use of new, lightweight construction materials, more efficient EV systems and high density batteries and aerodynamic design, with a Cd factor of just 0.26.
A sleek arrow-shaped design is complemented by minimal air intakes and a sloping roofline to keep drag to a minimum.
Inside, the CA-MiEV uses an all-in-one integrated power unit, with a 80kW motor, inverter and charger all packed together. A compact flat lithium ion battery pack boasts better long term battery performance and is compatible with magnetic resonance charging for wireless recharging.
Perhaps more exciting however, is the Outlander PHEV, which is intended for production.
Based on the combustion model, the plug-in hybrid version comes equipped with two 60kW electric motors, a 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 2.0litre four-cylinder petrol engine.
Already on sale in Japan and expected to arrive in Europe this summer, the Outlander PHEV is rated with a driving range of around 31 miles on electric charge alone, with range extended to 557 miles, thanks to the petrol engine.
Recharging the battery takes around four hours on a standard 240V charge, or just 30 minutes for an 80 per cent charge using a CHAdeMO standard fast charger.
Thanks to its unique drivetrain set-up, the car offers a choice of operations. With a motor fitted to both the front and rear wheels, plus the combustion engine driving the front wheels, the Outlander PHEV can operate as a pure electric, a series hybrid or as a parallel hybrid.
Emissions are expected to be rated at around 44g/km CO2. More details of the European spec models are expected to be released nearer to the summer launch.
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