It has been almost a year since the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV made it to American shores. This plug-in hybrid crossover from Mitsubishi Motors has sure made a lot of headway, breaking ground in Canada with augmented reality, and going up against other plugins, when we compared the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the Kia Niro PHEV. Before the year ends, let’s take a look at all the good about the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV powertrain and how it can change the way people drive.
Will That Be Gasoline or Electric?
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) really can offer the best of both worlds. With the ability to drive in one of three modes, consumers have the option to use the power of the internal combustion engine or the electric motor to get where they want to go. Simply with the press of a button, a consumer can drive purely on electricity for 22 miles by selecting the “EV” mode. This mode is perfect for driving in the city when high speeds aren’t the norm.
If hitting the highway, a consumer may choose the “Charge” mode to give the battery a rest and switch over to the gasoline engine. This mode will also cause the engine to charge the battery as it runs. Of course, if looking to enjoy the best of both, a driver can take the “Parallel Hybrid” route and use both, the engine and electric motor in tandem. While doing this, to increase their driving range, they can click the “Save” driving mode, and choose how much regenerative braking recharges the battery. This could potentially lead to an even greater distance than the total driving range average of 310 miles for the Outlander PHEV. Even so, a fuel economy of 74 MPGe, or the equivalent of mileage when factoring in electric energy consumption, is pretty great!