Mitsubishi PX-MiEV debuts at the Tokyo Auto Show

Posted on Thursday, 29 October 2009 , 07:10:31 byEmil

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Mitsubishi PX-MiEV debuts at the Tokyo Auto Show

It is clear that the future of cars is green. No, we will not see cars painted in green on the streets, but we will surely see more and more fuel efficient and eco friendly cars on the streets in the years and decades to come. Every automaker is trying to exploit at maximum the sudden urge for eco cars. Mitsubishi seems to want a piece of the growing market and is developing some very interesting projects.

At the 2009 edition of the Tokyo Auto Show the Japanese automaker presented a very interesting concept. This project is not your average small car that has a lower fuel consumption, but something more. The Mitsubishi PX-MiEV is a compact sized crossover that comes with a four wheel drive system. The rest of the powertrain consists of two electric motors, one for the front wheels and one for the rear wheels and a 1.6 liter petrol engine. The crossover can rely on the front electric motor exclusively at low speeds, while at medium speeds the rear electric motor starts to get in action. When going at higher speeds, the 1.6 liter gasoline engine is used to give enough power to the Mitsubishi PX-MiEV . The 1.6 liter petrol engine is also used to generate electricity for the two electric motors.

After the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which is already in production, the Mitsubishi PX-MiEV is a project meant to get Mitsubishi closer to the other domestic rivals in terms of hybrid technology. Even though it is just a project, the figures are extremely impressive for a crossover.

When in electric-only mode, the Mitsubishi PX-MiEV has a range of about 50 kilometers or 30 miles. No, this is not the impressive performance. According to the Japanese automaker, the Mitsubishi PX-MiEV is capable of returning a fuel economy of 141 mpg UK or 117.6 mpg US. For those of you who are living in Europe, this translates into an average fuel consumption of 2.0 liters per 100 kilometers of gasoline. In my opinion, this is a very impressive figure if we think that we are talking about a crossover, and not a small car.

The Mitsubishi PX-MiEV comes with a battery pack that can be recharged through a high power quick charging station, regenerative braking, a regular household plug or the gasoline engine.


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