Electric Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV a gamechanger Stuff co nz

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Electric Mitsubishi SUV a game-changer

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Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV.

Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV.

Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV.


Verdict: There’s no reason why can’t be instant acceptance of Outlander PHEV, both by SUV buyers and the so-called early

The vehicle is the Mitsubishi Outlander scheduled to arrive in New Zealand in

PHEV stands for Plug-in Electric Vehicle, which the story of what this new SUV is all

Each night an owner be able to plug the Outlander a household power socket and a high capacity under-floor at a cost of between $1.60 and a night depending on the level of charge.

That will give the Mitsubishi a range of up to 52 as a purely electric vehicle, the fed to a pair of motors located on the and rear axles that to deliver acceleration performance at the same as a 3.0-litre petrol

In the pure EV mode the Outlander be able to be driven at speeds of up to which means it will be both around town and out on the road without using any at all — and it will have sufficient range for a normal commute.

If the owner wants to go further, or if the pack depletes to 30 per cent of its then a 2.0-litre petrol will automatically kick life and act as an electricity generator. In mode it will be known as is called a series hybrid, and on a tank of petrol it will the Outlander a range of more 800km.

And if the driver needs grunt for such actions and hills or passing other then the Outlander PHEV automatically transform into is known as a parallel hybrid in it will be the petrol engine powers the vehicle with from the two electric motors.

It is a brilliant system, and it operates in a and non-intrusive way. And importantly, it is all to become available to New Zealanders $59,990, which will it way below other EV product available here.

For example the Volt sedan, which is the other extended range vehicle in New Zealand, was introduced for The little Mitsubishi iMiEV which is a pure electric retailed for $59,990. And the Nissan plug- in EV sells for $69,000.

That pricing will make the Outlander PHEV against existing hybrid such as the Toyota Prius retails for up to $65,780, and it will the asking prices for many of the petrol or diesel- powered that the standard Outlander against anyway.

There’s one Outlander PHEV in New Zealand, and week it was made available to motoring journalists to spend a day how it works.

At a briefing at Mitsubishi New Zealand headquarters at Porirua, the head of sales and marketing Cook forecast the vehicle account for at least 20 per cent of all sales here.

It’s a demonstration of engineering expertise and a of advanced automotive technology, he

But it’s more than It’s also an affordable and highly marketable proposition. Outlander looks and drives like any other Outlander, though it carries all the electric technology.

This means are no impediments to purchase — and of good reasons to buy.

We that for many people will be the best vehicle to their needs.

Climb this new Outlander and start it, and the significant thing that is that nothing happens. sitting stationary as a pure vehicle it is totally silent and in fact when the Mitsubishi moves off it emits a special sound as a means of warning around that it is on the move.

The Outlander has a reduction gear instead of a traditional transmission, but so when you want to head off you a shift lever — a joystick in this vehicle out of the usual N and into the usual R or D.

And off we silently enough to be able to a normal conversation even at speeds.

Any hybrid vehicle its batteries through regenerative and a special feature of this is that the driver can control it.

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As we through Porirua City over the Haywards Hill we able to move the joystick B (for Braking) then use on the steering wheel to adjust the braking strength. There are a of six braking strength levels, the B6 level strong enough to the Outlander almost to a stop as we down the steep hill the set of traffic lights on the Hutt

We turned left at the lights for a over the Rimutaka Range a solid assignment for any vehicle. The took it on with ease, the petrol motor starting up and away when required, and settling down to an idle or turning off when it wasn’t

Handling felt secure, For starters, the under-floor location of the mean this Outlander has a centre of gravity than the models. The vehicle is permanent drive, with the two electric providing their power to axle, the rear motor slightly more torque the front so the AWD can have a slightly bias during normal

There’s also a control called Super All Wheel or S-AWC, which regulates the and yaw, and distributes power and rear and even left and to improve driving stability and precision.

Everything can even be moved into 4WD Lock evenly distributes torque to traction and straight- line on snow or dirt or other road surfaces.

All this that despite the fact the PHEV is an electric vehicle with battery packs and motors, it is still very an offroad- capable vehicle. To that, this year entered two of them in the 2013 Cross- Country Rally in a tough six-day offroading Only 20 per cent of the entrants — including both of the

So quite obviously when new Outlander arrives in New Zealand, it be able to be used in exactly the way as its traditional petrol and diesel- siblings. But because it is a plug-in it will be different — and a reason will be because it what MMNZ’s Daniel describes as geek information.

The area features the usual vehicle energy flow and drivers can also do such as switch the vehicle into Charge mode which the petrol engine to charge the even when the vehicle is or Battery Save mode works to preserve battery There’s also an Eco model which controls the air conditioning and acceleration to improve fuel

And how about this? Smartphone wll be able to install a special app will allow them to operate a number of vehicle

These will include the timing of the charging of the vehicle so it can place at times when usage rates are often timing the air conditioning so the vehicle can be or pre- heated or the windows before it is used, or checking the of the vehicle such as whether a has been left ajar or the have been turned on.

Quite an appealing thought, it?

I try to shy away from using the game-changer when writing new motoring product, but in the case of new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV convinced it has all the potential to be exactly

We might have already hybrids, electric cars and extended-range electric vehicles but the difference this time it it is going to be more affordable ever.

— Fairfax NZ

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