The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) is the first hybrid brought to market by Mitsubishi.
It is also the first plug in hybrid SUV on the market.
Previewed as a concept in 2012, launched in Japan in 2013, and here in Australia in 2014, the PHEV is the first step in Mitsubishi’s plan to have 20% of their production as PHEVs by 2020.
The 2 litre petrol engine will start automatically when the battery drops below a preset level, operating as a series hybrid, running a generator to recharge the battery pack and drive the vehicle.
When steep hills are encountered, or when speeds exceed 115 km/h, the petrol motor will connect via the front transaxle to power the front wheels directly in conjunction with the electric motor.
The electrical system of the Outlander PHEV is derived from that used in the i MiEV fully electric car.
Regenerative braking can be controlled via paddles mounted behind the steering wheel, a really nice feature!
Petrol engine; 2 litre 87kW
Drive motors; twin electric motors, 120kW total. One drives front axle, one drives rear. 332Nm combined torque
Batteries; 12 kWh lithium ion
Kerb weight; 1810 kg
Towing capacity; 750 kg unbraked, 1,500 kg braked
ANCAP safety rating; 5 stars
Performance; 0-100 km/h 11 seconds. Top speed approx. 170 km/h