Instead of a traditional internal combustion engine, the Mitsubishi Mi-Tech has a gas turbine engine, which acts as a generator. Thus, it does not power the wheels, but is used as a range extender and charges the batteries, which in turn drive the electric motors that sit on each wheel.
The advantages of using gas turbine are, according to the car manufacturer, smoother transitions between the different modes of operation and that the hybrid system is lightweight, which makes it suitable for smaller charge hybrids. The gas turbine generator can be refueled with many different fuels, such as diesel, kerosene or alcohol, whichever is best suited in different parts of the world.
Although it is a concept, Ashwani Gupta, chief operating officer at Mitsubishi, says that they will use new technical solutions in electrification in new suvars, in the middle and compact class, by 2022 at the latest.