Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV revealed ahead of Paris debut

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV revealed ahead of Paris debut

Mitsubishi has unveiled the first image and new details on the Outlander PHEV, featuring the Plug-in Hybrid EV System used for the company’s all-electric models.

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The Outlander PHEV uses the Plug-in Hybrid EV System powertrain developed by MMC and derived from its lineup of all-electric models.

Mitsubishi PHEV System cutawayDefined by the company as “the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV”, the Outlander PHEV is planned for market launch from early 2013.

The hybrid model is based on the new Outlander which first debuted in Russia in July and is to be introduced in other European markets starting from September.

The car 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, and combines together the EV technologies with MMC’s MIVEC variable valve timing system

The target combined fuel efficiency in excess of 61 km/liter and the range is greater than 880 km.

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The Outlander PHEV will make its debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, along with the European version of MMC’s new global compact car and the 2013 ASX compact crossover (European specification).

From the official Press Release:

The PHEV System

Technical features

Mitsubishi PHEV System 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.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

High-capacity Drive Battery

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

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.

Twin Motor 4WD System

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.

In addition, the front and rear electric motors generate maximum torque immediately, an inherent characteristic of electric motors, giving acceleration comparable to that of a vehicle powered by a large displacement high-output ICE and allowing 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
  • Tires: 225/55R18
  • Vehicle weight (kg): 1810
  • Occupants: 5
  • Drivetrain: Twin Motor 4WD
  • Electric Motors 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: Lithium-ion, 300 V
  • Rated capacity (kWh): 12 kWh
  • Gasoline Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cyl. MIVEC
  • 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: > 55 km (JC08 mode)
  • Target combined cruising range: > 880 km (JC08 mode)
  • Target combined fuel efficiency: > 61 km/litre (JC08 mode)

(Source: Mitsubishi)

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