The Mitsubishi Outlander is the best-selling plug-in hybrid in Europe. In the United States, it’s not nearly as popular, despite serving as the only all-wheel-drive, plug-in hybrid SUV not in the luxury market. It’s priced at around $30,000 after federal incentives. The Outlander’s all-electric range, at 22 miles, is enough for a lot of commuters—although the build quality of the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is below the level of most plug-in cars.

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By David Herron ·
July 03, 2013

Historic Wins for Electric Vehicles at the 2013 Pikes Peak

An electric motorcycle won outright in the motorcycle division at the 2013 Pikes Peak Hill Climb race, which should send a wake-up call to the motorsports industry: The electrics are coming.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
June 05, 2013

Mitsubishi Plagued By Faults, Recalls Japanese Plug-in Cars

Mitsubishi is officially recalling its Japanese-market 2013 Outlander plug-in crossover SUV, as well as various i-MiEV electric subcompact models. This follows Mitsubishi suspending shipments of the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid in March, after shipping about 4,000 units of the plug-in Outlander, and 68 i-MiEV vehicles fitted with potentially faulty batteries. The sustained bad news only serves to undermine confidence in Mitsubishi's plug-in vehicles.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
January 24, 2013

Mitsubishi Recalls i-MiEV For Faulty Brakes

Problems continue to mount for the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, with news that the Japanese automaker’s electric-powered sedan is being recalled due to a flaw with its braking system. The problem has been traced to an electrical pump that feeds air to the brake booster. Should the pump malfunction, it would take considerably more force on the brake pedal to bring the car to a stop, and stopping distances would subsequently be far greater than normal.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
December 14, 2012

A Week with the Mitsubishi I-MiEV: Cute Car Provokes Range Anxiety

I liked a lot of things about the I-MiEV, but there’s a major range issue. After 31.3 miles of around-town driving, where electrics should be strongest, I was getting a blinking fuel gauge and three miles of range left. The car is supposed to have 62 miles of travel, says the EPA, and I’ve seen anecdotal evidence that some people have gotten that and more, but probably in California. Others, including some of's own testers, have seen similar results to mine.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
August 13, 2012

Is the Mitsubishi i Running on Empty?

For a car that looks like it came from outer space, the jellybean-shaped Mitsubishi “i” has gone almost unnoticed in the EV market. Sales have been low to the point of almost non-existence. Only 33 units found buyers for all of July. Sales in June were still tepid (at 366 units), even for a vehicle that’s targeting a niche segment of the automotive market. A safety recall for faulty airbag sensors and early lackluster performance at the annual Pike’s Peak hillclimb haven’t added luster to the i. Does the Mitsubishi stand a chance, or is the i only spinning its wheels in a rapidly evolving EV market?

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By Laurent J. Masson ·
March 07, 2012

Carlos Ghosn, the Undisputed Electric Car Leader in Geneva

There was only one new electric car in Geneva this year. Some had expected an electric version of the wonderful new Mercedes A-Class, but it wasn't there. Nor was the plug-in hybrid version of the new Mitsubishi Outlander. There was only a mock-up of its drivetrain next to the standard diesel version. It will be introduced later this year in the Japanese market, before being available globally in 2013.

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Mitsubishi Launches Solar-Powered Charging at North American Headquarters

By Alysha Webb ·
July 08, 2011

On July 7, Mitsubishi Motors North America launched a solar-powered recharging station at its headquarters in Cypress, CA. The station includes two 110 volt charging ports, one 220 volt port, and one CHAdeMO quick charger. “This is not an academic test project,” said MMNA president Yoichi Yokozawa at the ceremony. “It can be ordered for public production.”

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By Nick Chambers ·
January 21, 2011

Mitsubishi Will Make Electric Cars the Focus of a Major Strategic Shift

There's no question that Mitsubishi has been struggling as of late—especially in the U.S., where sales have slid badly and the company's Normal, Illinois, factory has been sitting idle a large part of the time. As one of the few automakers to have joined the push for electric vehicles early on, watching the slide has been a bit disheartening. But as part of gigantic strategic realignment to try and reverse the trend, Mitsubishi has announced that electric cars will be the centerpiece of its bid to grow sales globally.

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By Nick Chambers ·
November 22, 2010

Video: Mitsubishi Shows Off Americanized "i" Electric Car, Drops "-MiEV" From Name

Mitsubishi used the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show last week as the official launch platform for the i—formerly known as the i-MiEV. The car is longer and wider than the i-MiEV designed for the Japanese market and had a chance to chat with the company about that decision.

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