The ability to plug electric vehicles into the mains raises the potential for their connecting to and powering other devices as well. Mitsubishi has announced that its Outlander PHEV
can now do just that. Japanese users will be able to power their homes in the event of a power outage.
Hyundai is rolling out a its first plug-in hybrid vehicle. Shown in Detroit
, this week, the Sonata PHEV can can travel 22 miles before you even have to start burning fossil fuels.
BYD, based in Shenzhen, China, is the world’s biggest rechargeable battery manufacturer and has been branching into the automotive sector
since 2003. On Tuesday, it took aim at the global market with the official launch of its performance-based Qin PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) sports saloon. The online launch saw all one hundred cars on offer sold in two seconds in what the company believes is an industry record, as 95,000 people visited BYD’s virtual shopping mall.
We didn't hear a peep from Mitsubishi at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show
, but the company plans a louder, bolder presence at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show and has already announced a series of three green SUV concepts that it will reveal there.
Toyota rocked the automotive world a few hours ago with full details of a new form of transport it will exhibit at the Geneva Motor Show which begins tomorrow. Toyota's i-ROAD
is a fully-enclosed, two-seater, three-wheeled, fully-electric, Personal Mobility Vehicle (PMV) which looks to be more a competitor for the motorcycle than anything we have seen before from the world's largest automotive manufacturer.
Scheduled to go on sale in early 2013, the new Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) sedan represents Honda's first two-motor hybrid system. It has the ability to travel up to 15 miles (24 km) on electrics only and boasts a total driving range of more than 500 miles (800 km).
When it comes to hybrid cars, there seem to be two types – cars that were designed from the start to be hybrids, and cars that started out as internal combustion-only models, but that gained a hybrid option along the way. Mitsubishi Motors, however, is now claiming that its soon-to-be-released New Outlander SUV will be the first mainstream car from a major manufacturer envisaged from the outset with built-in provisions for either combustion or plug-in hybrid power trains.
Toyota's NS4 advanced plug-in hybrid concept that was unveiled this week at the 2012 North American International Auto Show
(NAIAS) in Detroit is the brainchild of Toyota engineers who were given the task of designing a new mid-size concept for potential launch in markets worldwide by 2015. While the NS4 concept is a dedicated plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), Toyota says it isn’t part of its Prius
family, with a next-generation Hybrid Synergy Drive plug-in system that is not only smaller and lighter, but is also more fuel efficient, boasts better acceleration and a longer all-electric range than the current system.
With its Concept PX-MiEV II making its world premier at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show
, Mitsubishi is breaking away from electric mini-cars and applying its MiEV electric vehicle technology to the oft-derided SUV. But Mitsubishi hopes to convince the SUV-naysayers with its concept plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV), which it describes as having "high environmental performance and fuel efficiency." To the technology borrowed from the i-MiEV
, the PX-MiEV II adds a conventional engine, with the result that the hybrid matches the range of a conventional car, but with significantly improved fuel efficiency. Thus, claims Mitsubishi, its hybrid SUV will happily cruise at 60 km to the liter (141 mpg), to a range of more than 800 km (or 500 miles).