1 Comment
Mitsubishi i-MiEV Cargo And PX-MiEV Concepts: Tokyo Motor Show Photo:
mitsubishi_px-miev_crossover_concept_07.jpg Photo: tmr
mitsubishi_i-miev_cargo_03.jpg Photo: tmr
mitsubishi_px-miev_crossover_concept_01.jpg Photo: tmr
mitsubishi_px-miev_crossover_concept_06.jpg Photo: tmr
mitsubishi_i-miev_cargo_02.jpg Photo: tmr
mitsubishi_px-miev_crossover_concept_05.jpg Photo: tmr
mitsubishi_i-miev_cargo_01.jpg Photo: tmr
mitsubishi_px-miev_crossover_concept_04.jpg Photo: tmr
mitsubishi_px-miev_crossover_concept_03.jpg Photo: tmr
mitsubishi_px-miev_crossover_concept_08.jpg Photo: tmr
mitsubishi_i-miev_cargo_04.jpg Photo: tmr
mitsubishi_px-miev_crossover_concept_02.jpg Photo: tmr
Mike Stevens | Oct, 01 2009 | 1 Comment

MITSUBISHI HAS PULLED a pair of new MiEV branded concepts out of its hat this week, the new concepts due to appear alongside the production i-MiEV electric vehicle at next month's Tokyo Motor Show.

Built on the same technology as their i-MiEV sibling, the i-MiEV Cargo and PX-MiEV concepts represent Mitsubishi's vision of how its hybrid and electric vehicle systems can be used across a broad range of applications.


The i-MiEV Cargo, clearly an extension of the current i-MiEV, has been designed as a light commercial vehicle for environmentally-conscious businesses and business owners.

The i-MiEV Cargo comes with a carrying space measuring 1350mm wide, 1180mm deep and 110mm high, and with a flat floor.

Like its production sibling, the i-MiEV Cargo develops 47kW from its Permanent Magnet Synchronous electric motor, offering a maximum driving range of 160km (depending on load).

While the production i-MiEV is due to go on sale in Japan and the US from April next year (with a limited number due in Australia), Mitsubishi has given no indication of whether the i-MiEV Cargo will enter production.

More details are expected to be revealed at Tokyo next month.


Mitsubishi PX-MiEV Concept


DESCRIBED AS SHORTHAND for "Plug-in Hybrid Crossover", the PX part of the PX-MiEV's name is the key to its intention.

Scheduled to be unveiled alongside the i-MiEV Cargo, Mitsubishi's stylish hybrid crossover concept bears virtually no resemblance to the two electric vehicles with which it shares much of its powertrain.

Unlike the all-electric i-MiEV models, the PX-MiEV is a hybrid, powered at the front and rear wheels by a pair of permanent magnet synchronous motors.

A 1.6 litre inline four-cylinder petrol engine adds addition power to the front wheels when needed while also working as a generator for the electric motors.


Using Mitsubishi's E-4WD system, the PX-MiEV can shift torque from left to right depending on where it's needed most, using the same S-AWC and E-AYC technology as Mitsubishi's hero Evolution X.

Separate to the Evo X's multi-plate clutch, a new centre differential motor sends additional torque to the rear when needed.

As with most new plug-in hybrid concepts, the PX-MiEV features the ability to drive exclusively on electric power, via the conventional petrol engine, or with a combination of the two - generally at higher speeds where a petrol engine operates more efficiently.


Similar to the Chevrolet Volt, the PX-MiEV concept can use its petrol engine as a generator, kicking in to revitalise the electric motors when they lose their charge.

In Regenerative Mode, the PX-MiEV will use a kinetic energy recovery system to draw energy from the braking systems, storing the charge in the car's battery packs.

As with the i-MiEV Cargo, Mitsubishi has not announced whether the PX-MiEV will enter production. If nothing else, the PX-MiEV is likely a glimpse of Mitsubishi's future styling direction.

TMR Comments
Latest Comments
The size of your tyre is located on the sidewall of your tyre.
It will be similar to the sample below.