Mitsubishi will be will be bringing two brand new concepts March’s Geneva Motor Show, the Japanese manufacturer has announced. They will come in the forms of the Concept GR-HEV Sport Utility Hybrid Truck and the Concept CA-MiEV suburban electric car.
The two cars represent the progress Mitsubishi are making to ensure they meet its self-imposed target to have 20 per cent of its fleet running on EV-based power systems by 2020. A version of the Outlander being released later this year will further help the cause with its Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) model.
These two new concepts being show at next month’s Geneva Motor Show will also hint at Mitsubishi’s plans to expand the “full electro-mobility engineering palette: Pure Electric (EV), Hybrid Electric (HEV), Plug-in Hybrid Electric.”
The GR-HEV will implement a heavy duty version of the unit to be placed in the hybrid Outlander; full details will be revealed in Geneva, but we are expecting more power and torque than the 2.0-litre four-cylinder powertrain and the twin 80bhp electric motors to be used in the Outlander.
It has been confirmed by the manufacturer that the GR-HEV will take advantage of a diesel engine, as opposed to the Outlander’s petrol engine; Mitsubishi also say that the vehicle will emit below 149 g/km of CO2, just little more than the new Colt hatchback which is available now from any Mitsubishi dealership.
The GR-HEV is set to be a very rugged and chunky vehicle, something which is unlike the second concept, the CA-MiEV, which is set to be aimed at commuters and will be a fully electric suburban EV based on the existing i-MiEV. The CA-MiEV will look to represent the next generation of EV systems and will accommodate a new range of high density batteries.
A range of 300km (186 miles) is claimed by Mitsubishi for the CA-MiEV and is set to feature magnetic resonance wireless charging technology and smartphone-activated functions.