New Hybrid Mitsubishi Evo
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BestCar, our Japanese print friends with sources deep within Mitsubishi, informs us that Osamu Masuko, president of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, is so against participating in motorsports that no one dares mention the word around him. However, despite news regarding the discontinuation of the Evo, Masuko was heard stating that Mitsubishi is fully intent on producing a high-performance car in the future, albeit green.
The next-generation Evo will borrow technology from the PX-MiEV concept shown at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. The PX-MiEV touts a plug-in hybrid system that relies on electric motors at low to middle speeds. Operating as a series hybrid, when the lithium-ion batteries run low, the 1.6- liter gasoline engine turns on and powers a generator that in turn provides charge to the electric motors. For higher vehicle speeds, the PX-MiEV’s hybrid system switches to a parallel hybrid system with the 1.6-liter engine providing additional combustion power to the wheels.