Mitsubishi is going to unveil a couple of concept hybrid vehicles at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show. The “Gran Runner” hybrid electric vehicle (or GR-HEV) and the “Compact and Advanced Technology” plug-in electric vehicle (or CA-MiEV) would follow the early lead of Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV, which was the world’s first mass-produced plug-in electric vehicle when it was launched in 2009 (and is now selling for $29,125 MSRP, before the federal tax credit of $7,500 and any other tax credits your state or city might offer).
Here are a couple of less than revealing images of the concept vehicles:
And here are more details from the folks at Mitsubishi:
The MITSUBISHI Concept GR-HEV is a concept for a sport utility truck (SUT) which delivers high environmental and driving performance using a FR3 diesel-hybrid system (under development) in a pickup truck, one of the most popular vehicle categories in emerging economies. Combining a high fuel-efficiency clean diesel engine with a high-output motor and battery, the hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) system achieves on-road CO2 emission levels of below 149 g/km to give it environmental performance among the best in its class. The concept also uses a next-generation 4WD system which incorporates the Super Select 4WD honed in the Pajero series and Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamics integrated control systems to deliver high stability traction and driving performance under all road conditions.
The MITSUBISHI Concept CA-MiEV gives an indication of the shape MMC, which launched the i-MiEV — the world’s first mass produced electric vehicle — in 2009, believes EVs will take in the near future. This concept model incorporates next-generation EV technologies under development at the company, such as high-energy density batteries and high-efficiency EV systems (motor, inverter, regenerative braking and wireless charging system). Together with a lightweight and aerodynamic body it achieves a cruising range of 300 km.
That’s all we’ve got for now. Hopefully some additional info and good images will be provided next month.
There’s no telling if these vehicles will make it to the market, but if they do, there are definitely some decent opening for them. Regarding the GR-HEV, Chris DeMorro of Gas2 aptly notes:
“As of right now, the most fuel efficient pickup in America is the V6-powered Ram 1500, and the only hybrid pickup is the 2013 Chevy Silverado, which has a $40,000 price tag. So it’s safe to say the market for fuel efficient trucks is definitely wide open. So why Mitsubishi chose Geneva as the place to debut a hybrid-diesel pickup concept, we don’t know, but it sounds like the truck that America desperately needs.”
Mitsubishi just brought the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid to market in Japan, and will soon do so in the U.S. This is one of the first vehicles of this class to be a PHEV. Clearly, Mitsubishi has no fear entering or even opening new EV markets. Perhaps we’ll see the CA-MiEV on the market before long.