Mitsubishi to unveil three new plug-in hybrids in Tokyo next month
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Mitsubishi to unveil three new plug-in hybrids in Tokyo next month

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will unveil three world premiere concept vehicles at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013.

TOKYO, October 8, 2013 – Incorporating a new design identity that symbolises the sense of security and functionality of an SUV, the three models highlight Mitsubishi Motors innovative engineering, MMC’s next-generation advanced technologies that embody the concepts of environmental responsibility, driving pleasure, toughness and safety.

The first of the three concepts, the MITSUBISHI Concept GC-PHEV is a next-generation full-size SUV that uses a high out-put PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) system. The MITSUBISHI Concept GC-PHEV offers both the dynamic drivability of an SUV and class-leading environmental performance. MMC’s S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) integrated vehicle dynamic control system delivers superior handling, stability as well as the all-terrain capability an SUV offers. The MITSUBISHI Concept GC-PHEV is a “connected car” that also offers next-generation preventive safety technology and driver support technology through wireless connectivity.

The MITSUBISHI Concept XR-PHEV is a next-generation compact SUV loaded with a lightweight and highly efficient PHEV system with dramatically enhanced environmental performance. The MITSUBISHIConcept XR-PHEV offers nimble drivability and a body style resembling a sport coupe.

The MITSUBISHI Concept AR is a next-generation compact MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) that offers both the mobility (more…)

New policy could make Malaysia the next big EV market
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New policy could make Malaysia the next big EV market

According to Malaysian newspaper The Star Online, prices of hybrid cars may go up if the Government decide not to extend the exemption of import and excise duties on hybrid cars, that expires at the end of the year.

In the same week UK business newspaper the FT is reporting “Carmakers flock to new southeast Asian growth frontier“, in which case; they should be looking at manufacturing or part-completing their vehicles locally: An industry insider believes that the current exemption will be extended for vehicles which are partly manufactured/finished in Malaysia, but not for pure imports, and both Honda and Toyota are preparing for a drop in sales of their imported hybrid models.

Import duties have been high in Malaysia for many years as part of a strategy to support local automotive manufacturers such as Perodua, and Proton. Foreign vehicles are seen as highly desirable, status-products due to the high cost compared to domestic vehicles – the exemption has so far been effective in boosting sales of hybrids in the country, because it has made a number of popular Japanese vehicles affordable to consumers, which also happen to be fuel efficient (more…)

Farmers favourite Subaru will bring their first hybrid to the US in 2014

Subaru_XVCrossTrek_HybridBoxer engine and 4WD enthusiasts Subaru have announced that they will be releasing their first hybrid model in the US in 2014. Subaru claim that the XV CrossTrek Hybrid will be the most fuel efficient crossover vehicle in the US.

33mpg isn’t great by European standards, but for a boxer-engined 4WD Suburu of this size, it’s not bad. No doubt the European diesel version will top that, assuming they build one – the diesel variant of the boxer engine is popular in Europe.

Original story and images from Reuters article here: Subaru Announces Release of Their First Hybrid Model – PRNewswire (more…)

Mazda join the party, with hybrid drivetrain leased from Toyota – The Japan News

Japan-only hybrid from Mazda, based on leased Toyota power-train. Built in Mexico, so maybe headed for the US, but I presume they need to develop their own hybrid technology first.

Full story here:Mazda’s president touts 1st hybrid – The Japan News (more…)

“PEV sales will grow 18.6% annually in the US” – good news for the Electric Vehicles Initiative targets

The USA is still the biggest and fastest growing plug hybrid EV market, and forecast growth for plug in EVs is also going to be strong according to a Navigant Research report.

If they prove right, it would make the targets outlined in the recent International Energy Agency (IEA) report “GLOBAL EV OUTLOOK – Understanding the Electric Vehicle Landscape to 2020“, realistic.

According to the IEA; Global EV Sales have more than doubled globally between 2011 and 2012, and they set an aggregated goal for all countries with known deployment targets of 7.2 million in EV sales and 24 million in EV stock by 2020.

“Analysis of EVI data show that to reach the EVI goal of 5.9 million in annual sales of EVs in 2020, the 2011 EV market (approximately 45,000) would need to grow by 72% compounded each year until 2020″.

That is quite a target, but the IEA have provided some nice graphs and infographics with data-backed forecasts for each of the market developments that have to change to support it, including…

  • An increase in Research and development as a result of greater funding
  • A continued drop in the costs of batteries
  • An increasing growth in charge point installations, in-particular the “slow-charge” (more…)

BMW i8 is tasty looking indeed

BMW i8 is tasty looking indeed



The BMW has a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine, which is mid mounted and powers the rear wheels.
This is boosted by the hybrid system powering the front wheels, so 4 wheel drive.


  • Petrol engine: 228bhp and 236lb ft torque
  • Electric motor: 96kW (129bhp) and 184lb ft torque
  • Combined: 357bhp and 420lb ft torque
  • 0-100kmh in 4.4 seconds
  • 113mpg
  • 59g/km CO2 on the NEDC fuel consumption cycle
  • Lithium-ion batteries with a 5kWh capacity
  • EV range of 22 miles at 75mph
  • 75mph on electric power
  • Claimed 50:50 weight distribution
  • low centre of gravity
  • adaptive suspension and four-wheel drive


BMW i8 revealed at Frankfurt motor show | Auto Express.