March 28, 2013
The Mitsubishi Outlander is the first vehicle from a major automobile manufacturer designed from the outset to be powered by either an internal combustion engine (ICE) or as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).
What is a PHEV?
The new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a direct result of several decades of industry-leading design, research and development by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and represents the pinnacle of this next-generation form of personal transportation in efficiency, reliability and improved environmental sustainability. This groundbreaking new Outlander PHEV blends the best of the company's EV technology (i-MiEV), sure-footed Super All-Wheel Control (derived from the esteemed S-AWC system found in the legendary Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution) and the capable, rugged and reliable Montero and Outlander SUV lineage into the world's first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) SUV with all-wheel drive.
Based primarily on the robust EV architecture of the breakthrough 100% electric-powered Mitsubishi i-MiEV production vehicle and its derivative vehicles (over 30,000 i-MiEV, MINICAB-MiEV and MINICAB-MiEV Truck units to date on the roads throughout Japan, Europe, Scandinavia and North America), the Outlander PHEV does away with the conventional drivetrain format of engine + gearbox + final drive for a next-generation powertrain.
Key components including the Drive battery pack, electric motors, Motor Control Unit and Power Drive Unit (manages the generator control unit) that oversees the gasoline-powered engine, Twin Motor 4WD system, regenerative braking system and air conditioning are constantly monitored for comfort, precision operation, fuel-efficient driving and the utmost level of safety.
Front Motor (60 kW) + Power Drive Unit (PDU) + Generator
Lithium-ion Drive Battery Pack
Rear Motor (60 kW) + Motor Control Unit (MCU)
Because of its unique drivetrain that combines a front electric motor + rear electric motor + front-mounted gasoline-powered 2.0-liter engine + generator, the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV automatically selects one of three unique drivetrain modes for optimal performance and efficiency.
EV Drive Mode (Twin Motor 4WD EV)
The vehicle is driven in a very eco-friendly performance mode by the two electric motors, with energy being supplied exclusively by the lithium-ion Drive battery pack (100% electric-powered, zero-emission vehicle).
Provides a top speed of approximately 75 mph and an electric-only driving range of an estimated 30 miles (based on Japan-spec Outlander PHEV) – excellent for running errands/performing family duties on a daily basis as a highly sustainable/low environmental impact form of personal transportation.
Series Hybrid (Twin Motor 4WD EV with Internal Combustion Generator)
When the energy level remaining in the lithium-ion Drive battery pack is low or when the need arises for a sudden and/or additional degree of acceleration, the two electric motors are powered by the battery pack and the gasoline-powered generator.
In this configuration, the gasoline-powered generator helps:
1) Charge the lithium-ion Drive battery pack
2) Provide power to the pair of electric motors
Parallel Hybrid (Gasoline-Powered Engine Supported by Twin Motor 4WD)
In this drive mode, the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV uses its full complement of available resources:
1) The 2.0-liter gasoline engine drives the front wheels; the front axle features a built-in clutch that switches the system to Parallel drive mode mainly for engine-powered travel at high speeds/steady-state cruise.
2) The two electric motors positioned at the front and rear of the vehicle operate seamlessly when additional power is required (such as driving uphill)
3) The gasoline-powered engine/generator – while operating the vehicle at sufficient speed – will feed any excess energy (electricity) back into the lithium-ion Drive battery pack
The Parallel Hybrid mode is most commonly utilized when the Outlander PHEV is being driven in a long-haul/high-speed steady-state cruise manner such as on the open road or interstate. This is the most efficient drivetrain mode under these types of driving circumstances.
Driver Selected Modes
The Outlander PHEV – just like its internal combustion engine (ICE) brethren – features
a driver-activated "ECO Mode" switch that reduces both fuel and electricity usage for increased efficiency simply with the touch of the button.
Battery Save Mode
In this driver-activated mode, the Outlander PHEV automatically conserves the energy within the lithium-ion Drive battery pack by operating the vehicle in hybrid mode (Note: Battery Save Mode will only operate once the lithium-ion Drive battery pack's energy level falls below 90% full). For example, engaging the Battery Save Mode would allow the vehicle to be driven in urban traffic with the engine/generator on to maintain a higher level of battery charge; it could then be deactivated, allowing the vehicle to be driven through a neighborhood silently at an appropriate speed in EV Drive Mode.
Battery Charge Mode
When activating the Battery Charge Mode – whether the vehicle is in motion or at a standstill – the engine will generate electricity to be fed into the lithium-ion Drive battery pack (essentially forcing the vehicle to operate in Series Hybrid mode). For example, if the engine is idling and the vehicle is not moving, selecting the Battery Charge Mode will replenish a low energy level within the lithium-ion Drive battery pack back up to 80% fully charged in approximately 40 minutes.
A very unique feature to a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle like the Outlander PHEV, the Battery Charge Mode means the vehicle will never run out of electricity as long as there is gasoline in the fuel tank to operate the engine/generator.
|Overall length x width x height (in)*||183 × 71 × 66|
|Vehicle weight (lb)*||3902-4012|
|Drivetrain||Twin Motor 4WD|
|Motors||Type||Permanent magnet synchronous|
|Quantity||2 (front x 1, rear x 1)|
|Max. output*||Front: 60 kW (80 hp)
Rear: 60 kW (80 hp)
Front: 101 lb-ft
|Total voltage||300 V|
|Rated capacity||12 kWh|
|Engine||Type||2.0-liter 4-cyl. DOHC MIVEC gasoline engine|
|Max. output (net)*||87 kW (117 hp) / 4500 rpm|
|Max. torque (net)*||137 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm|
|Estimated charging times||200 V AC (15 A)||Approx. 4 hours (full charge)|
|Quick-charging time (factory option)||Approx. 30 minutes (80% charge)|
* These specifications were converted from the metric measurements of the Japanese-spec vehicle
About Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, sales, marketing, research and development operations for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells coupes, sedans and sport utility vehicles through a network of approximately 400 dealers. In November of 2011, MMNA launched the battery-powered electric vehicle Mitsubishi i-MiEV as part of a corporate mission to offer consumers more environmentally responsible modes of transportation. This battery-powered electric vehicle technology addresses the need for vehicles that produce zero tailpipe emissions and support a growing agenda for sustainability. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.