Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
My ability to balance the household budget rate somewhere near the information about my environment, because both poor and non-existent. Fortunately, then, my weekend with the Outlander PHEV gave me the opportunity to tackle both in an SUV-shaped skid.
Join the Outlander PHEV Exceed 2017, an SUV claiming to be the best-selling electric car in Australia. Unfortunately for Mitsubishi, that title is not very important in this country, with most Australian drivers tending to choose more energy than earth-friendly electric cars.
In case you are interested, PHEV stands for electric plug hybrid electric vehicle. It’s a kind of blend between a hybrid car and a fully electric car, with a plug to connect to the grid. Interestingly, the official classification system ensures Mitsubishi’s PHEV is classified as ‘EV’ rather than ‘hybrid’, which is why it tops the sales list for electric vehicles, though also There are common engines.
Although the Outlander PHEV is credited as “easily the most affordable SUV” in our five most fuel-efficient SUVs, at $ 55,490, it’s still not cheap. At $ 11,500 more than the gasoline-powered Exceed, this PHEV has brought more serious fuel efficiency. And with the impressive claimed / combined figure of 1.7 liters / 100 km. I have high expectations that it will do exactly that. Time to put it into testing.
Can the Outlander PHEV fulfill the electric dream but still be a realistic SUV?
Friday night – Short electric dream
The general assumption for cars like the Outlander PHEV is that charging will take place overnight at home – plugged into a normal power supply, the battery will take 6.5 hours to charge. Not so for me. Living in a unit in the second story with just a 10 meter extension cord means there is no chance of running Outlander just by battery.
Now, when I own a Nissan Leaf, I’m not used to the anxiety of cold sweat when driving an electric car. The spiritual cost of wondering if we can make our destination far beyond the plausible sensory factor of not having to fill up with gasoline. Incorrect motor free.
Unfortunately, there’s no worry in the PHEV, with its 2.0-liter petrol engine acting as a backup to recharge the car’s lithium battery bank. So my mind is to reduce the battery in EV mode (the driving range in full EV mode is only 54km) and then see what happens – what I have achieved during my business trip Firstly.
But thanks to some smart technology, you really can recharge flat batteries while driving, unlocking moments of silent and serene electric motor throughout my weekend.
Saturday – Hybrid reality
At first glance, almost indistinguishable from the PHEV with the petrol version, with the blue badge on the outside of the car gives the only difference to what lies beneath today’s familiar SUV design. Officially, the PHEV is pronounced P-H-E-V, but it is not a protocol for my child and I named it ‘The Fev’.
My son’s soccer team was bye so the morning schedule was only reduced to basketball. Notably, the Exceed I was driving at the weekend with a full leather upholstery (front heating), electric sunroof, electric starter and the ‘EV remote’ function displaying the electric life of the car On your smartphone, they all go some way to justify its price tag.
The three kids and I poured into Outlander and they went through the habit of getting used to the cabin, involving pushing each button as possible. And in this car is pretty much. In the back seat, the habit involves pulling the handrail down before a bottle of drinking water is plugged into one of the two cup holders placed inside. Likewise, we use two prepaid cup owners. Then, with a laser-like focus, their attention is then transferred to the big button on the sunroof ceiling. Given that it’s a sunny Sydney autumn day, it would be a crime to not use it.
Out of EV mode (electricity only) the night before, I gave up on weekend driving in Hybrid Series mode – this is when the electric and gasoline engines work synchronously to transmit energy to all four pie. The power is transmitted via a speed automatic transmission in both electric and petrol drivers.
The front and rear electric motors lead when we are transported smoothly and silently. Power outputs for both battery-powered engines and petrol engines are average and mostly dumb points due to the Outlander PHEV never running at maximum capacity (will combine gasoline engines, engine outputs). front and rear).
After a heavy defeat at basketball, we took him to the stores to buy birthday gifts for the next two parties that afternoon. Driving to local stores I note that the Outlander easily slides between electric and gasoline driving.
The PHEV operating system is the car’s brain, constantly measuring the driving conditions and using those inputs to operate the gasoline engine separately, or parallel to the front and rear electric motor, the bow Optimal energy level for the least energy consumption.
Acceleration, while reacting reasonably in electric mode, towards light safety under gasoline. As a result, any ambition I have passed is saved for downhill runs, with all the hillsides being done in the left lane. Confident in the vehicle’s ability to rescue me from a tight spot, I needed to accelerate with any minimum emergency.
Two birthday presents later and I drove a taxi to their respective parties in the afternoon. Surrounding the local suburb, the car barely broke from the electric mode when we were walking on the street, the top 40 hits emitted from the six-speaker stereo made up for the noise of the engine.
Thanks to Mitsubishi making an odd decision (especially given the price) to give up satellite navigation, I was relying on the kids to find their way to our destinations. To be fair to you, being able to choose to use your phone map system (via CarPlay or Android Auto) will display on the 7.0 inch screen. Or if you’re like me, fill the car with happy kids to tell you where to go.
With the four of us spending the majority of the morning beating Netflix, I was suddenly overcome by a sense of guilt that we should make more during the day. So I made a quick announcement that we would go to the beach. After receiving thirty minutes of moaning and moaning, I bundled their belongings into Outlander and we left.