The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) is the first hybrid brought to market by Mitsubishi.

Outlander PHEV
Outlander PHEV

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.

PHEV component layoutPowered by twin electric motors, mounted front and rear, the PHEV can travel 40-60 km on a charge from its 12 kWh lithium ion battery pack.

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.

14phev-aus-joystick-shiftBecause of the extra electric control components, the PHEV doesn’t have the option of 7 seats like the regular Outlander, being limited to 5 seats.

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!

14phev-aus-aspire-dashThe Outlander PHEV is available in two versions, the base model Outlander PHEV, priced at just under $50,000 drive away,  and the upmarket Outlander PHEV Aspire which goes for a shade under $55,000.

Click here for Mitsubishi Australia’s site for the Outlander PHEV.

Here is a fan site with discussion forum for the PHEV.

Specifications:

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

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