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by Matt Brogan

Mitsubishi will be showing a total of 16 cars at this month’s Tokyo Motor Show including two EV (electric vehicle) concept cars: the i-MiEV Cargo and PX-MiEV.

Under the theme of “The EV: Its dawn and future”, the two cars will feature Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV new-generation electric vehicle technology. Mitsubishi is currently accepting pre-orders for the start of sales to individual customers in April 2010; and 10 current production vehicles that qualify for eco-car tax incentives in Japan.

Powered by the new Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid System, which significantly extends the frequency a hybrid vehicle is driven in EV mode, the Mitsubishi Concept-PX MiEV returns fuel economy better than 2.0L/100km.

The Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV is a new-generation concept car that balances high environmental performance with running performance by utilising differential motors and Mitsubishi’s all-new S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control), that utilises E-AYC (Electric-powered Active Yaw Control) which transfers torque to the rear left and right wheels.

The electric motors deliver 60kW/200Nm while the 1.6-litre petrol engine develops 85kW/125Nm.

Other features include Mitsubishi’s cocochi (or cosy) interior, which provides its four occupants with a comfortable cabin environment, as well as many of the latest safety technologies.

Mitsubishi_i-MiEV_Cargo_001The i-MiEV Cargo is derived from the production i-MiEV, as driven by CarAdvice some months ago.

This concept maximises the outstanding environmental performance and economic efficiency characteristics that define the EV and at the same time adds a generous amount of rear free space to extend the range of uses to which it can be put by corporate users and self-employed operators in particular.

The rear space features space-efficient cubic dimensions to allow the user to exercise their imagination fully in adapting it for whatever use he/she chooses.

The result is a concept for an EV that meets user needs for a variety of situations: from business use, where maximum payload space is required, to leisure and other individual owner uses.

Unlike the hybrid Concept PX the i-MiEV Cargo is a full-time EV using an electric motor to provide 47kW/180Nm.

The Tokyo Motor Show begins on October 24.