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by George Skentzos

Mitsubishi’s presence at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show was highlighted by two concept cars that embody the company’s approach to the EV and that point to the direction the company will be following.

The Concept PX-MiEV is powered by Mitsubishi’s plug-in hybrid system, incorporating a petrol engine which both powers the electric motors when charge is low and provides additional momentum at higher speeds.

The new system incorporates an efficient 1.6-litre MIVEC petrol engine which develops 85kW and 125Nm, linked to an electric motor producing peak torque of 200Nm.

Concept PX-MiEV_08

This system is mated to Mitsubishi’ s new S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) advanced vehicle handling control system that is built around torque and braking control at each wheel and incorporates electronically-controlled E-AYC (Electric-powered Active Yaw Control) which uses a differential motor to control rear wheel torque split.

The i-MiEV CARGO Concept is derived from the i-MiEV production model and proposes a new fleet of electric vehicles that range from private needs, to business needs, primarily for city use.


With the vision of introducing EVs to the workforce, the i-MiEV CARGO meets user space needs and demands for a variety of situations: from business use, where maximum payload space is required, to leisure and other uses.

Also on display from Mitsubishi is the MiEV House concept, which will show the growing possibilities offered by the EV in our daily lives, and Mitsubishi Motors’ own “Green Plastic” plant-based resin technology.

Concept PX-MiEV_17

In an effort to curb global warming and to conserve petroleum resources, the “Green Plastic” has been employed in a variety of trim and parts in some of its production models and is working actively to expand their use even more in the near future.