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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 PHEV Availability

This is the latest run down of when and where the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will be available for purchase

In Japan, its currently on sale – since January 24th.

In the US, the Outlander PHEV is set to go on sale in January 2014, but no specific day given. Also, no information has been provided about pre-orders or pre-sales of the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid.

The Outlander PHEV Forum is officially on sale in the Netherlands. First deliveries are expected in July 2013, and Mitsubishi says they have received 2,500 pre-orders. None have yet been delivered.

Aside from the Netherlands, Mitsubishi has said the Outlander PHEV will be available in Europe, with no specific dates given and no country names provided either.

Mitsubishi is currently thinking about taking the Outlander PHEV to the Philippines.

Australia and New Zealand are set to receive the Outlander plug-in hybrid, no dates provided.

The Outlander PHEV will be sold in Indonesia through Mitsubishi’s distributor KTB Motors.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Forum

As production of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV nears, there are many people with many questions – I am one of them. Yes, I know that the Outlander PHEV is already available in Japan, and soon will be in the Netherlands as well (once they actually ship some over there), but i mean production dates for North America and for the US and Canada specifically.

I found there is a decent number of people on the Outlander PHEV Forum already, and there’s some great discussion about how viable the Outlander PHEV will be in North America.

The Outlander PHEV will have 3 drive modes for optimum efficiency: EV drive mode, Series hybrid mode and parallel hybrid mode. Many of the SUVs today use limited slip, computer controlled systems to enhance traction. The plug-in hybrid Outlander will use computer controlled devices, but since the front wheels are powered by 1 electric motor and the rear wheels powered by another electric motor, the Outlander PHEV has huge advantages as far as traction control go.

There is a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack hidden beneath the floor boards and enclosed in a secure frame. The battery pack consists of 80 different cells.

When the battery pack’s charge is depleted, the Outlander PHEV has a 2 liter atkinson gasoline engine that kicks in the provide juice to the electric motors – the gasoline engine does not drive the wheels, it only provides power to the electric motors.

Coming equipped with both CHAdeMO and J1772 charging standards, using a 240 Volt hookup, you’ll be able to fully charge the Outlander PHEV’s battery pack in around 4 hours, and quick charge to 80% capacity in about 30 minutes.