EV fans will find a lot of things to like about the Concept PX-MiEV II — the cryptic name isn’t one of them — one of 15 vehicles that Mitsubishi will be touting at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. The PX is a plug-in hybrid SUV with a 4-wheel-drive powertrain, dual 60kW electric motors and a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gas engine. It claims a combined fuel efficiency of 141 mpg and a cruising range of 497 miles (31 miles in all-electric mode). A button allows the driver to choose between electric and gas modes while driving.
For those of us who actually buy a Sport Utility Vehicle for sport and/or utility, the PX has a socket that allows the batteries to power electric appliances on camping trips, or to be used as an emergency power source. In fact, the quick-charge port is vehicle-to-home (V2H) compatible, which means that — if you don’t choke on the acronyms — you can use your PX-MiEV II SUV as a RESU (Rolling Energy Storage Unit, a term coined by Tom Friedman).
To demonstrate this idea, Mitsubishi’s booth at the Tokyo show will feature the MiEV House, a “smart house” that employs — more acronyms — HEMS (Home Energy Management System) and EIS (Electric Vehicle Integration System) to monitor energy usage and charging between house and car for optimal efficiency.
Mitsubishi will have two other EVs on display in Tokyo: the Minicab-MiEV light commercial electric vehicle, which will go on sale in Japan in December; and the i-MiEV compact, which is already on sale in a few test markets.