Don't be surprised if Mitsubishi starts offering more electric vehicles in their lineup. Aside from the Xpander Hybrid, the Japanese automaker announced that they will be launching more electric (and electrified) vehicles in the not-so-distant future.
Under Mitsubishi's new 'Environmental Plan Package', Mitsubishi is targeting to achieve three goals by 2030. These include a 40% reduction in average CO2 emissions from new vehicles, 50% of new vehicles to be electric, and a 40% drop in average CO2 emissions from business activities. Aside from that, the company also wants to 'set up electric vehicles for all models by 2030'.
We're not sure what Mitsubishi meant with their last statement. Our best guess is that they want to build more electric (or electrified) versions of their existing models come 2030. Should that be the case, then Mitsubishi's goal of reducing its average CO2 emissions from vehicles to 40% in 2030 could happen.
Currently, Mitsubishi's lineup of electrified models includes PHEV variants of the Outlander and Eclipse Cross. Meanwhile, their EV offerings include the i-MiEV and the Minicab i-MiEV. By 2023, the Xpander Hybrid will join that list. There's also the upcoming EV concept built in collaboration with GAC called the Airtrek. Once revealed, it could preview an upcoming EV crossover from the brand.
But how will Mitsubishi make more EVs? The company is looking to work together with its Alliance partners to build more EVs. Nissan already has the Leaf and Ariya. With that, perhaps Mitsubishi can use some of Nissan's technology to make their own zero-emissions vehicles. Mitsubishi even expressed interest in using Nissan's e-Power technology that is currently used in several models, including the Kicks.
Will Mitsubishi be able to build more EVs by 2030? Can the Alliance help them achieve their three goals? With less than nine years to go, Mitsubishi has to work quickly to reduce its carbon emissions and expand its EV portfolio.