Premiere Of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV With Plug-in Hybrid Ev System

Outlander PHEV, plug-in hybrid ev system

Outlander PHEV, plug-in hybrid ev system

Mitsubishi is presenting a new plug-in hybrid, the Outlander PHEV at Paris Motor show

Tokyo, Thursday, 06 September, 2012 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will be presenting the global debut of the new Outlander PHEV at the 2012 Paris Motor Show held from Thursday, 27th September, through Sunday, 14th October[1]. The Outlander PHEV uses the Plug-in Hybrid EV System powertrain  which was developed by MMC and derived from its lineup of all-electric models.

Outlander PHEV is the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV and offers the best of three worlds: the environmental performance of an electric vehicle (EV), the cruising range of a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle, and while retaining the on- and off-road performance offered by an SUV. MMC is due to bring Outlander PHEV to market first in Japan early in 2013.

New Outlander PHEV

The new Outlander PHEV, to be unveiled for the first time at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, is based on the newOutlander which first debuted in Russia in July and is set to be introduced in other European markets starting from September. The Outlander PHEV uses MMC’s own Plug-in Hybrid EV System powertrain derived from 100% electric systems used on the i-MiEV and other MMC all-electric vehicles. The Outlander PHEV is the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV, and brings together the environmental performance and quietness that distinguish EVs while delivering the utility and on- and off-road performance associated with 4WD sport utility vehicles and the cruising range of a conventional ICE-powered vehicle.

Targeting the mid-size category and above, which require extended cruising range, the Outlander PHEV’s Plug-in Hybrid EV System fuses together the EV technologies proven on MMC’s i-MiEV – the pioneering 100%-electric car brought to market in 2009 – with the very latest ICE environmental technologies, including MMC’s MIVEC[2] variable valve timing system. Employing electrical power stored in the drive battery by charging either at home, a charging station or when the system recovers energy when decelerating, the Plug-in Hybrid EV System gives the Outlander PHEV fuel-sipping performance, with a target combined fuel efficiency[3] in excess of 61 km/litre, greatly superior to that of vehicles powered by a conventional engine, and a cruising range in excess of 880 km, which is on a par with a conventional ICE-powered car.

MMC will introduce Outlander PHEV in the Japanese market in early 2013 then sequentially roll out the model in Europe, North America, and other markets around the world.

1)  Automatic Selection of Three Drive Modes for Optimal Efficiency

Depending on driving conditions and remaining battery charge, the Plug-in Hybrid EV powertrain automatically selects the optimum drive mode (see below) for comfortable driving while providing superior fuel efficiency.

a)   EV Drive Mode
EV Drive Mode is an all-electric mode in which the front and rear motors drive the vehicle using only electricity from the drive battery. With zero on-road fuel consumption and zero CO2 emissions the driver can enjoy quiet and very eco-friendly performance in this mode.

b)   Series Hybrid Mode
In Series Hybrid Mode the engine operates as a generator supplying electricity to the electric motors. The system switches to this mode when the remaining charge in the battery falls below a predetermined level and when more powerful performance is required, such as accelerating to pass a vehicle or climbing a steep gradient such as a slope.

c)   Parallel Hybrid Mode
In Parallel Hybrid Mode the engine provides most of the motive power, assisted by the electric motors as required.The system switches to this mode for higher-speed driving when the engine operates at peak efficiency.

2)   High-capacity Drive Battery Offers Driving Versatility

The high-capacity 12 kWh lithium-ion drive battery gives Outlander PHEV an EV Drive Mode cruising range of over 55 km (JC08 mode[4]), sufficient for all-electric operation in most everyday situations[5].

The driver can also manually switch to Battery Charge Mode in which the engine acts as a generator and charges the drive battery whether the vehicle is stationary or on the move. Battery Charge Mode gives the driver the flexibility to use the engine as a generator at any time they want; for example if the driver wants to use EV Drive Mode at a specific time, they can make sure the drive battery has enough energy for that time.

3)   Twin Motor 4WD System Provides Superior Response

The Outlander PHEV uses a Twin Motor 4WD system comprising independent electric motors to drive the front and rear wheels. In addition to decreased friction loss Twin Motor 4WD delivers better response and finer control than conventional mechanical systems. It accomplishes this without a propeller shaft or other mechanical components seen in conventional mechanical systems. The Twin Motor 4WD system is integrated with Mitsubishi’s well-proven S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) integrated vehicle dynamics control system to deliver high levels of stability and all-terrain performance and ensure the vehicle behaves just as the driver intends it to.

Additionally, the twin front and rear electric motors will generate maximum torque immediately, which gives acceleration comparable to a vehicle powered by a large displacement high-output ICE. This allows the Outlander PHEV to deliver superior levels of environmental and driving performance.

Outlander PHEV specifications (Projected)

Overall length x width x height (mm) 4655x 1800 x 1680
Wheelbase (mm) 2670
Tyres 225/55R18
Vehicle weight (kg) 1810
Occupants 5
Drivetrain Twin Motor 4WD
ElectricMotors Type Permanent magnet synchronous
Quantity 2 (Front x 1 / Rear x 1)
Max. output (F/R) 60 kW / 60 kW
Max. torque (F/R) 137 N-m / 195 N-m
Battery Type Lithium-ion
Total voltage (V) 300 V
Rated capacity (kWh) 12 kWh
Gasoline Engine Type 2.0-liter 4-cyl. MIVEC
Generator Generating capacity 70 kW
Target charging times(from zero %) 200 V AC (15 Amp) Approx. 4.5 hours (fully charged)
Quick-charging time Approx. 30 minutes (approx. 80% charged)
Target EV-only cruising range at or greater than 55 km (JC08 mode)
Target combined cruising range at or greater than 880 km (JC08 mode)
Target combined fuel efficiency
(plug-in fuel efficiency)
at or greater than 61 km/litre (JC08 mode)


Mitsubishi Motors’ Lineup at the 2012 Paris Motor Show

Model No. on display Comments
Press days Public days
New Outlander PHEV 2 2 Global premiere.
European version of new global compact car 1 2 European premiere.
Mirage in other markets.
ASX (European version) 1 2 Premiere of refreshed 2013 model.
New Outlander 1 1
i-MiEV Evolution 1 1 Model of vehicle entered in 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
i-MiEV 1 1 Displayed inside MiEV House
Pajero [6] 1 30th anniversary specification model (for France).
Montero in Spanish speaking countries. Shogun in the UK.
L200 1 Triton in some markets.
Total 7 11