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Mitsubishi Electric Introduces EMIRAI 2 EV Concept Car



  Mitsubishi Electric Introduces EMIRAI 2 EV Concept Car

 Synthesis of advanced automotive technologies to be exhibited at Tokyo Motor
                                  Show 2013

2013 Tokyo Motor Show

Business Wire

TOKYO -- November 20, 2013

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced today it has developed
a new concept car, the EMIRAI 2, featuring an electric vehicle (EV) powertrain
and driving-assistance system for safe, comfortable, eco-friendly driving
experiences in the future. Two versions of the EMIRAI 2 will be exhibited
during the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013 at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition
complex in Tokyo, Japan from November 23 to December 1.

At the previous Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi Electric exhibited its EMIRAI EV
concept car, which was developed under the Intelligent Connect concept of
linking cars and diverse information for greater convenience, eco-friendliness
and safety. Building on the EMIRAI, Mitsubishi Electric has now developed the
EMIRAI 2, which comes in two versions: the EMIRAI 2 xEV features an EV
powertrain for improved maneuverability and safety, and the EMIRAI 2 xDAS is
equipped with a driving-assistance system for greater driving safety and
comfort.

EMIRAI 2 xEV: Powertrain Concept Car

The EMIRAI 2 xEV is a four-wheel-drive EV with a maximum output of 125kW. It
is equipped with three motors, one to drive the front wheels and two to drive
the left and right rear wheels independently. Built with Mitsubishi Electric’s
proprietary original motor control technology, the vehicle promises a
high-quality EV driving experience on any road condition.

High-precision Traction Control

Traction control is important for safe driving on snowy roads, where tires can
easily lose traction. The EMIRAI 2 xEV identifies tire slippage by controlling
motor torque every 1msec (1/1000th of a second). If slippage is detected,
motor output is precisely lowered to match the degree of slippage. The driver
is informed when traction control is activated via an icon on the Intelligent
Information Panel.

Smooth-G Control for enhanced acceleration and deceleration

The EMIRAI 2 xEV’s Smooth-G Control enhances acceleration both from a full
stop and when under way to provide smooth acceleration without unexpected
jolts. If vibration caused by increased motor torque is detected, torque is
controlled to eliminate unpleasant sensations. Smooth-G Control also enhances
the pleasurable sensation of acceleration by smoothly controlling torque
startup with respect to the car’s structural characteristics.

Low-speed Level Control

The EMIRAI 2 xEV’s Low-speed Level Control enables the driver to maintain
constant low speed on uneven roads, which is not possible with
internal-combustion vehicles. For example, when driving over speed bumps or on
graded roads, motor output torque is instantly controlled in response to
differences in road level to eliminate unnecessary acceleration or braking,
making it easy to maintain the car’s desired position.

EMIRAI 2 xEV Specifications

Dimensions;    3160mm (L) × 1786mm (W) × 1320mm (H)
Occupancy;     2 people
Front Motor;   Water cooled type, 65kW (6500rpm) max. output, 130Nm
               (0-4000rpm) max. torque
Rear Motor;    Air cooled (built-in inverter) type, 30kW (6000rpm) max. output
               per motor,
               45Nm (0-6000rpm) max. torque
 

EMIRAI 2 xDAS: Driving Assistance Concept Car

The EMIRAI 2 xDAS EV concept car combines an interior design, information
systems and advanced operation harmonized to the driver under the concept of a
highly driver-oriented car. It incorporates Mitsubishi Electric’s advanced
technologies for video display, image sensor processing and human-machine
interface to assist the driver in achieving exceptionally safe and comfortable
driving.

Driver-oriented interior

The EMIRAI 2 xDAS is equipped with the Intelligent Information Panel, a
next-generation display that seamlessly changes its appearance and content in
response to driver preferences and driving conditions, ensuring that the
driver always has the desired and required information in an
easy-to-understand fashion.

(1)   Situational display
      Appearance and content are available in three variations on the
      windshield head-up display (HUD) in response to driving conditions. When
      the car is parked, information includes content such as navigation,
      music and social networking services (SNS). When the car is running,
      only information needed for driving is provided to ensure safety.
(2)   User-selected interface
      Contents on the panel display can be changed in response to user
      preferences. Cloud content synchronization and selectable panel layouts
      enable the driver to create a highly personalized interior.
 

Driver-oriented information

The Intelligent Information Panel presents information about potential driving
dangers and other essential information that the driver requires.

(1)   Integrated Image Sensing
      Impending dangers are detected by cameras and displayed on the
      windshield HUD. A visual sensor analyzes the driver’s awareness for
      selective notification of high risks.
(2)   “What’s that?” Search
      This voice-activated feature provides the driver with pinpoint
      information using visual sensors and high-precision vehicle positioning.
      Identification is implemented both via the windshield HUD and audibly.
      Drivers can keep their eyes on the road ahead while obtaining
      information easily and safely, simply by voicing “What’s that?” as if
      speaking to a passenger.
 

Driver-oriented operation

The EMIRAI 2 xDAS’s Natural User Interface anticipates driver actions for
simple, safe and intuitive operations in response to audio and handwritten
prompts.

(1)   Smart menu
      Based both on operational history and driving conditions (time of day,
      road conditions, etc.), the three most necessary operations are
      displayed on the Intelligent Information Panel. Screens for each of
      these three operations can be accessed simply by pressing the
      corresponding button on the steering wheel, contributing to simpler and
      safer operation.
(2)   Smart Steering Wheel
      The steering wheel is equipped with a device that incorporates a
      touchscreen featuring ergonomic surfaces. Intuitive functionality is
      achieved via either cursor operation or handwritten entries.
 

About Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

With over 90 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality products,
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) is a recognized world leader in
the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment
used in information processing and communications, space development and
satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, energy,
transportation and building equipment. Embracing the spirit of its corporate
statement, Changes for the Better, and its environmental statement, Eco
Changes, Mitsubishi Electric endeavors to be a global, leading green company,
enriching society with technology. The company recorded consolidated group
sales of 3,567.1 billion yen (US$ 37.9 billion*) in the fiscal year ended
March 31, 2013. For more information visit http://www.MitsubishiElectric.com

*At an exchange rate of 94 yen to the US dollar, the rate given by the Tokyo
Foreign Exchange Market on March 31, 2013

Contact:

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Customer Inquiries
Automotive Electronics Development Center
https://www.MitsubishiElectric.com/ssl/contact/bu/automotive/form.html
http://www.MitsubishiElectric.com/bu/automotive/
or
Media Inquiries
Arisa Mori, +81-3-3218-2810
Public Relations Division
prd.gnews@nk.MitsubishiElectric.co.jp
http://www.MitsubishiElectric.com/news/
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