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Mitsubishi May Offer A Full Line Of Hybrids And Electrics In North America

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On: Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 10:27AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mitsubishi May Offer A Full Line Of Hybrids And Electrics In North America

A couple weeks ago, Mitsubishi teased the upcoming Outlander PHEV, which it will show at the Paris Motor Show. While it hasn't yet announced plans for North American production, new reports indicate Mitsubishi will offer a line of hybrids and electrics here.

Mitsubishi kicked off its North American electric presence with this year's iMiev, which won an EPA best with its 112 mpg-e rating. AutoGuide reports that the Japanese automaker is currently looking at the feasibility of developing a broader electric American lineup. The report doesn't get into specific models, outside of the Outlander PHEV that we already know about.

The report is a follow-up to Autocar's revelation that Mitsubishi will electrify its entire fleet in the UK. According to the magazine, Mitsubishi will offer a hybrid or electric powertrain, alongside a gas engine option, on all its offerings.

The idea of a la carte hybridization is an exciting one. We hope that one day a large percentage of vehicles are offered with choice of traditional and hybrid/electric powertrains.

The Outlander PHEV will be our first look at the future of Mitsubishi's plug-in vehicles. Mitsubishi has yet to tip its entire hand, but it has said that the Outlander PHEV will offer drivers three modes: all-electric 4WD, series hybrid 4WD and parallel hybrid 4WD. It will feature a combination of front- and rear-mounted electric motors, assisted by a gas engine generator. It promises to be among the most versatile, capable plug-in hybrids in the world. At the time of Mistubishi's Outlander PHEV announcement,Inside Line reported that the model is looking good for a 2014 American debut.

Past reports have suggested that Mitsubishi has as many as eight plug-in vehicles planned for the next few years. That plan includes a light truck, in addition to SUV and car models. Assuming its feasibility research agrees, we could see several or all of those here in the United States.


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