Electric and hybrid power may be new to you, but it’s anything but to Mitsubishi. If you would like the reassurance of expertly crafted electric power, the Mitsubishi electric range is the right choice for you. Find out more about the cutting-edge electric technology and the full range of vehicles available from Birchwood below.
Types of Electric/Hybrid Vehicles Explained
Only Plug-In Hybrid Electric cars require charging. Self-charging hybrid’s do not. They use a process called regenerative braking to harness and store power generated by the engine and during braking to recharge the battery.
The Outlander PHEV is a technologically advanced series parallel hybrid which is a vehicle that can use either an electric motor or an internal combustion engine (ICE) to power the wheels. The ICE can also provide additional power to the electric motor when additional acceleration is required, for example, when tackling steep hills. The electric motor can be charged by plugging the vehicle into mains electricity and on a full charge the Outlander PHEV can travel up to 28 miles* in pure Electric Vehicle (EV) mode. Once the battery power has been used the ICE takes over, so there is no need for the driver to be concerned about how much charge is left in the battery.
No, in fact the vehicle is quicker to 62mph than the Outlander Petrol 2.0L Auto due to the combined power output from the Electric Motor and Internal Combustion Engine. The 4 Wheel Drive ability is not compromised as the combination of the twin-motor 4WD system and Mitsubishi’s existing technology allows for an enhanced off road performance.
The Outlander PHEV has been fitted with an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) which activates when the vehicle is being driven in EV mode at less than 22mph. This is an audible warning sound to alert pedestrians of the vehicle’s presence.
The engine operates under any scenario where the EV system requires additional support. It can be used in order to provide power to the battery, which then drives the wheels (Series Hybrid mode) or to power the wheels directly when the battery is empty (Parallel Hybrid mode).