2013 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The Mitsubishi CA-MiEV at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show reveals just what the Japanese automaker is thinking as it strives to make its disappointing Mitsubishi i-MiEV better.
- The CA-MiEV has a range of 186 miles, an improvement over the 62-mile range in the 2013 Mitsubishi i.
- Mitsubishi said the concept at this stage is not planned for production, but is "intended as a showcase of the various technologies (the company) intends to introduce mid-to long-term across its range of global vehicles."
The CA-MiEV has a range of 186 miles, an improvement over the 62-mile range in the 2013 Mitsubishi i-MiEV (known as just the Mitsubishi i in the U.S.). The concept is powered by a 107-horsepower electric motor, up from 65 for the i-MiEV. The concept is sleeker than the i-MiEV as well.
Mitsubishi said the concept — which it also dubs a "demonstrator" — is not planned for production, but is "intended as a showcase of the various technologies (the company) intends to introduce mid- to long-term across its range of global vehicles."
The concept was created with the help of global customer feedback, the Japanese automaker said. The customers clearly want an electric vehicle with more power, range and convenience. The concept is a technological showcase, featuring magnetic resonance wireless technology, which eliminates the plug and charges the car wirelessly.
On March 1, Mitsubishi Motors North America reported it sold 337 i-MiEVs in February. The car went on sale a year ago in limited markets in the U.S. Mitsubishi did not report February 2012 sales numbers of the i-MiEV.
The 2013 i-MiEV is No. 3 on the EPA's Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Models list, just behind the 2013 Scion iQ EV and the 2013 Honda Fit EV.
Mitsubishi also used the Geneva show to roll out the Mitsubishi GR-HEV diesel hybrid truck. It features a 2.5-liter clean diesel engine and an electric motor, along with four-wheel drive. The hybrid system's battery pack could power accessories like winches, said Mitsubishi.
Edmunds says: No definitive word from Mitsubishi on if and when these Geneva concepts will make it to market.