As for 2022,
Mitsubishidoes not offer an electric vehicle (EV) in the United States, but that *should* change in a few years. The Japanese automaker has teased the Airtrek, an even-more futuristic-looking SUV than its current plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV), the Outlander.
Mitsubishi has long been regarded as an economical and reliable brand of vehicles, and RepairPal recently ranked Mitsubishi 6th out of 32 car brands in reliability. After all, Mitsubishi has been in business since 1917,when it produced its first production car. The company has come a long way since then and is on the cusp of releasing a full-on electric vehicle—but the auto industry remains in the dark as to when that will happen.
Does Mitsubishi have electric cars?
At the moment, no, Mitsubishi does not offer an electric vehicle in the U.S. But automotive insiders and internet car sleuths are reasonably certain one will be coming down the pipe soon—notably the Airtrek, which looks like a sleek, crossover SUV.
We’ve got some information on what will likely be Mitsubishi’s first electric vehicle, so we’ll break it down for you!
202? Mitsubishi Airtrek
That’s right folks—we’re as much in the dark about Mitsubishi’s future EVs as you are. But,we do have someinformation on what to expect.
From various press reports and insider accounts, Mitsibushi’s first EV will likely be an all-electric SUV called the Airtrek, with a body type that’s a few inches shorter than Ford’s Mustang Mach E but about an inch wider.
Concept photos show a sleek, closed-off grille surrounded by chrome bars. It sports headlights shaped like the number 7,as well as separate daytime running lights on the front of the vehicle.
The Airtrek’s roof is black, contrasting nicely with the rest of its chrome body.The rising beltline across the sides of the vehicle gives it a sleek, aerodynamic air.
The Airtrek’s interior is what you’d expect from a future electric vehicle—lots of silver and black with a stunning horizontal touchscreen,handsome center console,and two-tone upholstery.
Airtrek battery and range
Word on the street is that the Airtrek will sport a 70 kW battery,giving it a range in the neighborhood of 320 miles. This would put it in a similar range capacity as Tesla’s Model Y crossover.The battery looks to be housed in the center of the floor to lower the vehicle’s center of gravity.Mitsubishi’s EV is expected to boast 181 horsepower.
How to decide if going electric is right for you
If you’re a diehard Mitsubishi fan, you’ll have to be patient for the automaker to roll out an electric vehicle—even if we’re reasonably certain one is coming. But if you’re thinking about an electric car, you’re going to want to consider some things that don’t apply to a gasoline-powered car.
- Will you have access to public charging stations? You’ll want a home charging station if you go electric, but you might need a charge once you’re on the road—so you’ll want to know where you’ll be able to charge up.
- On average, how many miles do you drive a day? Yes, you’ll need to think about this, as range anxiety is a thing for EV drivers. If your daily driving range is relatively low, an EV could make sense.
- Do you often go on trips exceeding 200-300 miles? An EV should be able to get you around town without a problem. But if you’re planning a cross-country summer baseball stadium tour, you’re going to want to map out charging stations along the way.
- Does your home have a garage? You’ll want to install a home charging station, but that will be very difficult if you park your car on the street.
- Do you need towing capacity? If so, you’re going to want to make sure your EV of choice can haul whatever you need, because not all of them will be able to do so.
While it’s impossible to say at the moment, Mitsubishi’s all-electric offering will likely qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit plus other state and local perks for buying an EV. Another benefit you’ll likely get from a Mitsubishi EV? Smooth, quiet,and pollution-free driving—not to mention the style and cool factor.
Do know that if you buy Mitsubishi’s eventual electric offering, you’re likely to pay higher upfront costs and deal with time-consuming charging escapades. You’ll save a ton of money not buying gas,though!
If you absolutely mustdrive a Mitsubishi and are heartbroken by its lack of an electric vehicle, the company does offer its plug-in hybrid,the
Outlander PHEV,to tide you over until Mitsubishi’s all-electric deal comes rolling along.
Mitsubishi’s electric future
It definitely appears as though Mitsubishi has an electric future, but the details are still murky as to what that future will look like. So, we play the waiting game…
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