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Mitsubishi shows of its "Concept" Diesel Hybrid Pickup

Mitsubishi shows of its “Concept” Diesel Hybrid Pickup

To a Mitsubishi owner familure with the last 20 years of the brand.  People will seem a little confused maybe disoriented.  But….. This is a very important technological step forward as Mitsubishi shows off the future hybrid powertrain.  The fact that this variant is a Diesel isnt important (believe it or not).  The important aspect of this will be the integration of the electric motor to the Drivetrain and the TQ being applied.  ???? What????

What am I getting at???  When Mitsubishi releases the next generation EVO X.  Low end TQ will be a huge focus.  The power figures will be significantly boosted over the current generation EVO on the market today.   Mitsubishi has been making great progress into a transmission system that can handle extreme amounts of TQ.  In the coming weeks or months look for Mitsubishi to start dropping hints of what is to come.

Mitsubishi Electric Car hits a slight snag with charging standards in North America

Mitsubishi Electric Car hits a slight snag with charging standards in North America

I was talking with one of my Japan Mitsubishi contacts about a month back, and I will never forget the one time I ever heard him say. Oh Sh!t, gotta call you back.   And today I found out why… He eluded to this earlier but he figured they would win the day.  Unfortunately… that didnt happen.

Some time ago, Mitsubishi and Nissan started working together to harmonize charging standards.  I don’t know if it was really working together… more of … “Hey, we seem to be going in the same direction, how about we not step on each other toes”   Fast forward to today, and we find Japan auto makers all on the same page.

Then out of no where, its discovered that several North American / European automakers agree on a changing standard that is different from the Japanese one.  That right there is the “Oh Sh!t moment!  What does it mean?    Like with the BlueRay vs. HD DVD debate.  It means that it will take several months or years for their to be adopters.  On one side you have.  Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen who just formally setup an alternative SAE J1772 120/240-volt charging standard.  And then you have everyone else.  Unfortunately…  The fight is very event.  The Japanese standards and rapid charge battery technology is very good.  Some say the best in the world.  Companies like Toshiba have been at the for front of rapid technology for almost a decade.

Hard to say how this is going to shake out.  I will report more on this when further information comes out.

Mitsu Press Release: Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors Expand OEM Business in Japan


YOKOHAMA/TOKYO (Sept. 22, 2011) – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation today announced that the two companies have agreed to expand the scope of their OEM supply agreements in the Japanese market as follows:
  1. Nissan will provide the Fuga luxury sedan to Mitsubishi Motors starting from summer 2012.
  2. The two companies have started deliberations on the provision of Mitsubishi Motors’ MINICAB-MiEV commercial mini EV to Nissan in fiscal year 2012.
The two new OEM project agreements are part of the core agreement signed in December 2010 to expand cooperation between the two companies. These new projects follow on a prior agreement for Nissan to provide the NV200 Vanette compact van to Mitsubishi Motors starting from October 2011, together with the establishment of the joint venture NMKV Co., Ltd., in June 2011. These initiatives are intended to strengthen the competitiveness of both companies in Japan.

IN THE NEWS: Gordon Murray’s 1,873lbs EV Sports Car Concept

GMD and Tory Industries have combined forces to produce an ultra-light sports car concept featuring the latest in EV tech.

Gordon Murray Design has just released their ultra-light EV sports car concept. Dubbed the Teewave AR.1 (codename: T.32), the two-seater was commissioned by Toray Industries Inc.The sports car claims a curb weight of a slim 1,873lbs, impressive for a battery-powered electric car. The battery alone weighs in at 551lbs. An electric motor (from the MitsubishiiMiEV) is equipped on the Teewave, putting out a paltry 63hp and 133lb-ft of torque.

The vehicle rides a rear-wheel-drive configuration underneath its Tory carbon fiber monocoque chassis.Performance for the sports car is relative to its power and light weight. The car runs from 0-31mph in 4.4 seconds and takes 11.4 seconds to reach 62mph. The 16kWh lithium-ion battery pack needs to be recharged for 6 hours after the car runs its range of 116mph.Gordon Murray Design is headed by Gordon Murray, of McLaren F1 fame. The Teewave AR.1 concept is a one-off built to showcase both GMD and Tory Industries’ new technology.

Source: Carbuzz http://www.carbuzz.com/news/2011/9/21/Gordon-Murray-s-1-873lbs-EV-Sports-Car-Concept-7704898/