Even if the news is not official, the latest reports are saying that the Japanese automaker, Mitsubishi, has plans to unveil an extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) at the Tokyo motor show at the end of October and into the beginning of the next month. The diamond star electric car will first be revealed as a concept followed by an all new production version that will be in dealerships by the end of 2010.

The new Mitsubishi EREV will be a compact crossover, similar in size to the Toyota RAV4 and will use a drive train similar to Chevrolet’s E-Flex platform on which the Volt is built with its 660 cc three cylinder gasoline engine acting exclusively as a generator that produces electricity to charge the EREV’s 21st century lithium-ion batteries.

The new Mitsubishi will not limit owners to around town commuting. Acting exclusively on electric power, and producing zero emissions, the EREV will have a range of 40 miles. However if you don’t mind polluting in the most efficient manner possible, you can travel up to 200 miles while using the generator to restore energy to the batteries.

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Source: AutoCar

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3 comments:

  (180) posted on 08.7.2009

Mitsubishi has never failed to surprise me with their astounding ideas. You’re right there Reneered. There are not much car companies who has ventured into producing hybrid cars this size. The Japanese are so bright with cars, it’s almost their second nature.

  (183) posted on 08.7.2009

Well, the good thing about Mitsu’s plan of producing a hybrid car that is as big as a RAV4, which means that it is probably an SUV, is that most of the environment friendly cars are coupes and sedans. So naturally, the design would be very unique. I’ll wait for this car sometime in October. It’s going to be a hit.

  (182) posted on 08.7.2009

That would be great. Considering that it is as big as the Toyota Rav4 but is as clean as the Volt. I’d look forward to that beauty. It’s nice to hear that most car companies are already taking into considerations their responsibility in reversing the climate change.

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