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Outlander PHEV operation dumbed down

Mitsubishi has released a youtube video of how the plug-in hybrid system in the upcoming Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV oeprates. It’s an overly simplified video of the PHEV system, as well as several schematics an an operational summary:

The Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid EV System provides energy conservation, and at the same time offers driving that is comfortable, safe and reliable.
When driving at medium- to low-speeds, the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid EV System stays in EV Mode, driving the vehicle through its electric motors using electricity from the drive battery.

When the remaining energy in the drive battery gets low, the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid EV System’s switches to Series Hybrid Mode where its gasoline engine automatically starts and generates power for the electric motors.

When driving at high speeds, the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid EV System switches to Parallel Hybrid Mode which also uses the power of the gasoline engine to drive the vehicle as its engine operates more efficiently than its electric motors at high RPM.

Furthermore, when a vehicle with the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid EV System is decelerating, it switches to the Regenerative Mode which uses the motors as power generators to recharge the drive battery. In this way, the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid EV System optimally controls each of the driving modes so it provides the versatility to drive as a 100% electric vehicle, use the engine to charge the drive battery, or drive using the motors and the engine at the same time, based on driving conditions.

Here is the video:

And this is an image of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV components and locations in the vehicle

Outlander PHEV Component locations

Outlander PHEV Component locations

Outlander Plug-in

As more sales of the Outlander PHEV continue in Japan, more and more info is being posted online. The more details that are posted, the more excited I get about being able to buy a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV when it comes to North America!

The Outlander plug-in powertrain consists of a 117 bhp gasoline engine that has a 2.0 liter displacement. There are also 2 60kW electric motors, and a 70 kW electric generator.

The gasoline engine powers the front wheels of the Outlander PHEV, and the 2 electric motors power the front and rear wheels for permanent 4 wheel drive traction.

Using a 110V outlet, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in can be charged in around 4 hours. Using a fast charge option, the battery reaches 80% in about 30 minutes of charging.

The regenerative braking feature helps to recapture energy when slowing the vehicle down, and the amount/strength of regen can be adjusted using steering wheel mounted paddles.

The Outlander PHEV emits 44g/km of CO2, and the average economy is rated at 149 MPG on the Japanese test cycle, and it can travel up to 32 miles on pure electric power from the lithium-ion battery pack.

According to one UK article, the Outlander PHEV might qualify for a £5000 grant from the government.