Plug in an SUV

Imag­ine an Out­lander with bat­ter­ies, writes Neil Dowl­ing

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

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.

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