Mitsubishi Motors are celebrating their 10th anniversary of bringing electric vehicle (EV) technology to the global market this month.
In 2009, they brought to market the ahead-of-its-time all-electric i-MiEV city car. Early adopters were treated to a range of 80-miles on a single charge, space for four and a decent boot, making it the perfect city get-around.
The i-MiEV was also used in the CABLED (Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrators) trial, which saw 25 i-MiEV cars take to the streets to showcase how EVs can revolutionise everyday journeys and reduce emissions.
Although no longer on sale, the i-MiEV paved the way for a vehicle that is – the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV.
The Outlander PHEV sells extremely well in the UK, with sales outstripping those from Japan. Brits love the combination of low emissions (46 g/km) and fuel economy, which can be as much as 139mpg combined, as tested on the WLTP cycle. The Outlander PHEV also has an all-electric range of 28-miles.
Rob Lindley, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: “The Mitsubishi i-MiEV has played a significant role in getting us to where we are today. Without it, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV might not have come to market so quickly or offer drivers such an effective and attractive package.”
“The 10th anniversary of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV really is a great illustration of how MMC pushes boundaries and strives to innovate.”
The future’s electric. Hydrogen might have something to say about that in the near future, but the automotive industry is increasingly adopting electricity to the point where hydrogen will have to make some comeback to win out.
Mitsubishi’s history of developing electric vehicle technology is a rich one, and they have no plans to stop developing yet. A case in point – earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, they launched the Engelberg concept.
Like the Outlander PHEV, the Engelberg is a plug-in hybrid, but it has a much larger battery pack, enabling an all-electric range of 43-miles. It’s only a concept, but the Engelberg’s interesting design and large battery pack offer a glimpse into the future of Mitsubishi – a future that’s electric and incredibly exciting.
Another concept is the Mitsubishi e-EVOLUTION, announced in 2017. This all-electric crossover is said to have a range in excess of 300-miles, and we can already see its design giving inspiration to current models like the new L200.