Mitsubishi places EVs on the spotlight

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MMC president Tetsuro Aikawa presents the Mitsubishi eX concept car during the Tokyo Motor  Show

MMC president Tetsuro Aikawa presents the Mitsubishi eX concept car during the Tokyo Motor Show

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) debuted the Mitsubishi eX compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) concept car with a next-generation electric vehicle (EV) system at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015.

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The concept car is a showcase of Mitsubishi Motors’s next-generation EV technologies, a new take on the dynamic shield front design concept, as well as a vast range of other technologies for superior driving pleasure in a compact crossover package. The entire booth, featuring the Mitsubishi eX concept reflects the theme of “driving beyond — another step Forward With sUVs and electric Power.”

The Mitsubishi eX concept is a vision for a unique 100-percent electrically powered compact SUV aimed at the fast-growing SUV market. It uses MMC’s state-of-the-art EV technologies and all-wheel control technologies combined with automated driving, connect car and active safety technologies.

Both the exterior and interior indicate the direction Mitsubishi design is taking. Overall, it evokes the image of a sporty crossover zipping nimbly around town as it merges the elegance and stylish- ness of a shooting brake fused with a hatchback, accented by compact SUV lines. The front end is a new interpretation of the “dynamic shield” front design concept.

The Outlander PHeV area includes a replica Outlander PHeV chassis to demonstrate the technical features of Mitsubishi’s Plug-in Hybrid eV and twin Motor 4WD systems. In addition, there is a diorama of a virtual community using V2X systems that supply electric power from the Outlander PHeV’s drive battery to homes, visualizing the versatility and possibilities of EVs.

The journey to the Mitsubishi eX concept is told through a display recounting the story of 50 years of Mitsubishi Motors’ research and development in the field of EV development.

Real examples that support the display will include an Outlander PHeV Baja Portalegre 500 rally car along with a custom-wrapped i-MieV commemorating those 50 years.

Joining these will be a number of models featuring other eco-technologies such as models powered by clean diesel engines, minicars and other eco- friendly vehicles.

Mitsubishi Motors will also exhibit the Pajero, Delica D:5, eK Wagon, eK custom and eK space.

Additionally, at the Smart Mobility City (SMC) 2015, an Outlander PheV, is used to explain the value of an EV, even when it is not moving. The Outlander PHeV is linked to a vehicle-to-home (V2H) system to provide the energy for a house that has an eV/PHeV.

SMC 2015 also hosts an automated driving demonstration using an Outlander PHeV car currently being developed jointly by MMC and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. This allows visitors to experience riding in a driverless vehicle, while allowing the passengers to experience the features of the car. These include driverless traffic jam navigation, as the car maintains space between other slow moving vehicles using ultrasonic sensors to detect the vehicle ahead, as well as automated parallel parking using sensors to detect the size of the parking space and obstacles.

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