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Mitsubishi Outlander 2013 New York International Show

Thu, Mar 28, 2013

The Outlander is the first vehicle a major automobile manufacturer from the outset to be powered by an internal combustion engine or as a plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV).

What is a PHEV?

A Plug-in Hybrid Electric possesses both a conventional combustion engine as well as a vehicle power system uses a stored energy (generally a high-capacity rechargeable as a means of motive force.

A can be plugged into an electricity to replenish the energy in its Drive pack to function as a 100% vehicle.

A PHEV is considered an range electric vehicle when it can operate strictly as a electric vehicle for a certain of miles, like the new Outlander

The new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a result of several decades of design, research and development by Motors Corporation (MMC) and the pinnacle of this next-generation of personal transportation in efficiency, and improved environmental sustainability. groundbreaking new Outlander PHEV the best of the company’s EV technology sure-footed Super All-Wheel (derived from the esteemed system found in the legendary Lancer Evolution) and the capable, and reliable Montero and Outlander SUV into the world’s first hybrid electric vehicle SUV with all-wheel drive.

Engineering Highlights

An EV-based that utilizes a pair of electric motors supplemented by a clean and efficient 2.0-liter engine

The 60 kW electric motors are at both the front and rear of the each motor drives its own independently for optimal front/rear split

High-capacity 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack

Pure vehicle (EV) driving range of an estimated 30 miles Outlander PHEV)

Specialized of Lancer Evolution-derived Super Control (S-AWC) developed for the Outlander PHEV’s unique electric motor configuration for performance, efficiency, tractability and

Low center of gravity and excellent weight distribution (55/45) to positioning of lithium-ion Drive pack and electric motors

distinct driving modes:

EV Mode

Series Hybrid


EV-Based Architecture

primarily on the robust EV architecture of the 100% electric-powered Mitsubishi production vehicle and its derivative (over 30,000 i-MiEV, and MINICAB-MiEV Truck units to on the roads throughout Japan, Scandinavia and North America), the PHEV does away the conventional drivetrain format of + gearbox + final drive for a powertrain.

Key components including the Drive pack, electric motors, Control Unit and Power Unit (manages the generator unit) that oversees the engine, Twin Motor 4WD regenerative braking system and air are constantly monitored for comfort, operation, fuel-efficient driving and the level of safety.

Positioned on the side of the identical engine of the gasoline-powered new Outlander

The 4B11 inline-4 has been fitted the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Electronic Control system to maximize power production, fuel efficiency and reduce emissions by continuously varying the of the intake valves according to speed when it operates in Hybrid mode (the functions solely to generate in Series Hybrid mode and is used to provide motive in Parallel Hybrid mode)

The PHEV’s exhaust note has reduced and the engine compartment’s has been increased in order for the to remain as quiet as possible operating in pure EV Drive (even when the engine is in use to the lithium-ion Drive battery

Front Motor (60 kW) + Power Unit (PDU) + Generator

on the left side of the Engine transaxle-style)

The Front Motor is a lighter and higher output of the permanent magnet synchronous motor used in the Mitsubishi

In Series/Parallel drive modes, the produces electricity from the and stores it in the lithium-ion Drive pack

Lithium-ion Drive Pack

Located in a sturdy and waterproof encasement safely beneath the passenger compartment and between the front and rear (with no intrusion into the compartment whatsoever)

The Lithium-ion Battery Pack is a high-capacity battery developed for the PHEV based on that found in the i-MiEV

The Lithium-ion Drive Pack consists of 80 cells in series, with a total measuring 300V and a total capacity of 12 kWh

Rear Motor (60 kW) + Control Unit (MCU)

beneath rear cargo subfloor (does not intrude/diminish area capacity above).

The Motor produces slightly torque than the Front

Both the Front and Rear each incorporate a simple fixed reduction gear for shift-free travel and operation

The Axle features a built-in that switches the system to drive mode mainly for travel at high speeds/steady-state

Regenerative Braking

During (braking), the front and rear motors function as generators so electricity can be generated and fed back the lithium-ion Drive battery

Regenerative braking occurs the vehicle is in motion while the pedal is not being pressed or when the driver engages the by pressing the brake pedal


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Because of its unique that combines a front motor + rear electric + front-mounted gasoline-powered 2.0-liter + generator, the new Mitsubishi Outlander automatically selects one of three drivetrain modes for optimal and efficiency.

EV Drive Mode Motor 4WD EV)

The vehicle is driven in a eco-friendly performance mode by the two motors, with energy supplied exclusively by the lithium-ion battery pack (100% zero-emission vehicle).

Provides a top of approximately 75 mph and an electric-only driving of an estimated 30 miles (based on Outlander PHEV) excellent for errands/performing family duties on a basis as a highly sustainable/low impact form of personal

Series Hybrid (Twin 4WD EV with Internal Combustion

When the energy level in the lithium-ion Drive battery is low or when the need arises for a and/or additional degree of the two electric motors are powered by the pack and the gasoline-powered generator.

In this configuration, the gasoline-powered helps:

1) Charge the lithium-ion battery pack

2) Provide to the pair of electric motors

Hybrid (Gasoline-Powered Engine by Twin Motor 4WD)

In drive mode, the new Mitsubishi PHEV uses its full of available resources:

1) The 2.0-liter engine drives the front the front axle features a clutch that switches the to Parallel drive mode for engine-powered travel at high cruise.

2) The two electric motors at the front and rear of the vehicle seamlessly when additional is required (such as driving

3) The gasoline-powered engine/generator while the vehicle at sufficient speed feed any excess energy back into the lithium-ion battery pack

The Parallel mode is most commonly when the Outlander PHEV is driven in a long-haul/high-speed steady-state manner such as on the open or interstate. This is the most drivetrain mode under types of driving circumstances.

Selected Modes

The Outlander just like its internal engine (ICE) brethren

a driver-activated ECO Mode switch reduces both fuel and usage for increased efficiency with the touch of the button.

Battery Save Mode

In driver-activated mode, the Outlander automatically conserves the energy the lithium-ion Drive battery by operating the vehicle in hybrid (Note: Battery Save will only operate the lithium-ion Drive battery energy level falls 90% full). For example, engaging the Save Mode would the vehicle to be driven in urban with the engine/generator on to maintain a level of battery charge; it then be deactivated, allowing the to be driven through a neighborhood at an appropriate speed in EV Drive

Battery Charge Mode

A unique feature to a plug-in electric vehicle like the PHEV, the Battery Charge means the vehicle will run out of electricity as long as there is in the fuel tank to operate the

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