Sustainable Futures

In Brazil and the United States Mitsubishi is leading the way with biomass ethanol from sources such as corn. It's just one of the fuels which can help power the motor industry in cleaner more sustainable ways.

Fuel cells

Fuel cell vehicles get their power from a motor and hydrogen fuel cells, instead of an internal combustion engine.

There are many advantages to this technology. For a start, the only emissions are steam; nothing more than water vapour. They’re also very efficient, converting 83% of hydrogen’s chemical energy into the electricity that powers the vehicle. This hydrogen can be produced by natural gas, biomass or solar power, creating another efficient and clean link in the power-production chain.

Mitsubishi is already participating in the Japan Hydrogen & Fuel Cell (JHFC) demonstration project, subsidised by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) to develop new fuel cell vehicles that could be brought to market. We’re also continuing to research and apply fuel cell technologies in partnership with DaimlerChrysler.

Fuel cell technology is not ready for large-scale use yet, as there needs to be a hydrogen supply infrastructure. However, developing workable vehicles is a strong step in the right direction and we’re hoping demand will follow. Besides, when we’re onto a good thing, we can’t help ourselves but see it through.

Clean diesel

The drive for cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles has seen significant research and development of the diesel engine. When a diesel engine is well designed and maintained, it produces CO2 emissions far below those of a petrol engine.

Mitsubishi Motors is fast developing a new range of fuel-efficient diesel engines, with technologies like catalytic converters and particulate filters that are already incorporated into some of our concept cars.

Flexible fuels

Recent trends toward ethanol blend fuels have seen Mitsubishi develop 'flexible fuel' vehicles for limited markets such as Brazil.

Brazil is the world’s leading consumer of biofuel vehicles, which comprise some 80% of the auto market.

The Mitsubishi FFV model runs on petrol, ethanol or a mixture of the two. It has been developed in parallel with Mitsubishi’s electric vehicle technology and next-generation, high-efficiency diesel engines, as part of its Environmental Technology Strategy.