Plug in an SUV
Imagine an Outlander with batteries, writes Neil Dowling
BATTERY technology is choking the electric car movement so carmakers are turning to new-wave plug-in hybrid vehicles as a stop-gap measure. Mitsubishi— which is marketing Australia’s first volume electric car, the i-MiEV — says it will release a production version of its PXMiEV SUV concept as a plug-in hybrid by 2013.
The Outlander-based wagon is a range-extender: it can use its petrol engine or an overnight plug-in system to recharge its batteries for the electric motors.
Power to the people: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger likes the feel of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV.