October 30th 2009

Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV: it’s many modes

Mitsubishi’s new MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle ) line has launched two new concept cars – the PX-MiEV (PX stands for Plug-in hybrid crossover) and the i-MiEV CARGO. The company is currently accepting pre-orders for delivery in April 2010.

The new Mitsubishi Concept-PX MiEV hybrid uses two motors to drive the front and rear wheels along with a 1.6L DOHC MIVEC gasoline engine.

This automatically balances the vehicle to suit various conditions, along with its smart control system (the MiEV Operating System) which chooses the best drive mode. And modes there are plenty.

According to Mitsubishi, it hails an impressive fuel economy “in excess of 50 km/litre” along with a “power supply mode” that enables battery power for running domestic appliances or as an emergency power back-up.

But what stands out are all the impressive ways it functions through all its different drive modes.

The drive modes include the EV mode, for low to middle vehicle speeds, using the battery to power the front motor; the Series hybrid mode, where the gasoline engine kicks in to supply power to both electric motors; the Parallel hybrid mode using the gasoline motor more directly, along with the electric motors for greater force; the Regenerative mode for cruising downhill; the Charging mode; and  the Power supply mode, to use while parked as a back-up domestic power source.

The car’s engine is kept cool using an aluminum radiator, which is similar to that in Mitsubishi’s Evolution model which utilizes a racing radiator.

It also uses electronic four-wheel drive controlled by Mitsubishi’s S-AWC system, as well as E-AYC (Electric-powered Active Yaw Control), ASC (Active Stability Control) and ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) components.

It’s simple design features a cosy interior, with indoor/outdoor LED lighting new colours, and a long windshield for improved aerodynamics. The UV-A radiation-blocking windshield also incorporates heat-reflecting glass – and its body paint is heat-reflective.

The interior includes air conditioned seats with allergen-free upholstery that is designed to breaks down VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) and kill bacteria.

The concept also features new safety technologies including  a multi-camera system that bests any mirrors and a “Driving Safety Support System” which alert drivers of potential dangers on the road.

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