Q: What is a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle?
The Outlander PHEV is a technologically advanced series parallel hybrid which is a vehicle that can use either an electric motor or an internal combustion engine (ICE) to power the wheels. The ICE can also provide additional power to the electric motor when additional acceleration is required, for example, when tackling steep hills.
The electric motor can be charged by plugging the vehicle into mains electricity and on a full charge the Outlander PHEV can travel up to 55km or 33 miles in pure Electric Vehicle (EV) mode. Once the battery power has been used the ICE takes over, so there is no need for the driver to be concerned about how much charge is left in the battery.
Q: Is the performance of the vehicle compromised?
No, in fact the vehicle is quicker to 62mph than the Outlander 2.2 Diesel Auto due to the combined power output from the Electric Motor and Internal Combustion Engine. The 4 Wheel Drive ability is not compromised as the combination of the twin-motor 4WD system and Mitsubishi’s existing technology allows for an enhanced off road performance.
Q: Can I drive the Outlander PHEV off road?
Yes, the twin-motor 4WD system and Mitsubishi’s proven Super All Wheel Control system provide the vehicle with superb off road ability. The power delivered from the Electric Motor and Internal Combustion Engine is able to deliver 200bhp to the wheels.
Q: How many miles or km does the PHEV get on a full charge?
Up to 52km
Q: How much does it cost to charge a PHEV?
The average electricity fee is about €0,17 per kWh in Ireland (consumer rate). The Outlander PHEV has a 12 kWh capacity. Your charge would cost a total of 12 x 0.17 = €2.04.
Q: How long does it take to recharge a PHEV?
A full charge will take approximately 5 hours on a 230V home charging station. A quick charging system will provide 80% charge In under 30 minutes.
Q: Can you charge your PHEV at Home?
Yes, two options are available, standard 3-Pin plug (up to 8 hours) or home charging station (up to 5 hours)
Q: Can you plug a Outlander PHEV into a regular socket?
Yes, It takes a bit longer (up to 8 hours). Its best to avail of the SEAI grant which covers the first €600 towards a home charging station.
Q: How much does it cost to install a changing station?
This very much depends on your house and the distance of the fuseboard to your where your Outlander PHEV is parked. The SEAI grant covers the first €600 towards the cost. It is expected €200 - €400 is required.
Q: What’s the difference between a standard HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) and PHEV (Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle)?
HEV’s like Toyota or Lexus generates a small amount of electricity while driving and returns the power to drive the wheels at low speeds under 30kph.
PHEV’s have a larger reserve of power which will give you a longer range of up to 52KM and drive speeds of up to 120Kmh. PHEV’s also regenerate power while driving.
Q: Can you drive Motorway speeds on a PHEV?
Yes, the battery power can be used for speeds up to 120kph, the petrol engine assists over this speed and under heavy accleration. Top Speed 170 km/h.
Q: Can I tow with the Outlander PHEV?
Yes, Fully competitive with comparable vehicles the Outlander PHEV has a towing capacity of 1,500kg (braked), about the weight of a medium caravan.
Q: Can you drive long journeys with a Outlander PHEV?
Yes, on battery and petrol/hybrid engine.
Q: What is the size of the Outlander PHEV petrol tank?
45 litre tank. Average petrol cost per litre is €1.39c. 1.8 litre/ 100 km combined fuel economy.
Q: How many seats does the Outlander PHEV have?
The PHEV is a 5-seater vehicle.
Q: What is the warranty on a Outlander PHEV?
From 2015 all Mitsubishi PHEV come under the 5 Year / 100,000km pan European warranty. Since 2017 Irish registered Outlander PHEV’s come with an 8 Year / 150,000km warranty whichever comes first.
Q: What is the life span of a Outlander PHEV battery?
Our research and reports show with correct maintenance the battery will last at least 10 years ! Over time the capacity and range will reduce depending on the charging cycles.
Q: What SEAI grants are available for buying a Used Outlander PHEV?
SEAI grant of €600 towards the installation of home charging station.
Q: How do I apply to charge my Outlander PHEV on street?
Q: How do I apply to for my SEAI grant charging station?
Q: What is the cost to service a Outlander PHEV?
Q: How is the Outlander PHEV battery maintained?
At an Authorised PHEV Service Centre, we have the latest equipment and software.
Q: Do I need to return to a Mitsubishi service centre for my annual service?
Yes it is advised to have your Outlander PHEV serviced at an Authorised PHEV service centre.
Q: Does the battery recharge while you drive?
Yes, battery power is regenerated when you’re not accelerating. Through regenerative braking more power is returned to the battery.
Q: What is regenerative braking?
During deceleration (braking or coasting), the front and rear electric motors function as generators so that electricity can be generated and fed back into the main battery pack. The Regenerative Braking mode can be controlled by the paddles on the steering wheel in order to adjust how much power is restored into the battery.
Q: Will rapid charging damage the battery?
Repeatedly performing only rapid charging may reduce the battery capacity. In day to day use normal charging is recommended. To maintain the capacity of the drive battery the vehicle should be charged using normal charging every two weeks and repeat charging near the full charge level should not be repeated
Q: When does the engine operate?
The engine operates under any scenario where the EV system requires additional support. It can be used in order to provide power to the battery, which then drives the wheels (Series Hybrid mode) or to power the wheels directly when the battery is empty (Parallel Hybrid mode).
Q: Has the PHEV got a spare wheel?
There is no spare wheel in the Outlander PHEV, however, an inflation kit is provided with the vehicle. This is to maximise packaging efficiency for the battery, interior space, fuel economy and weight minimisation.
Q: Why is the EV range showing less than 33 miles when my battery is fully charged?
Many customers assume that when the range shown is less than 33 miles it is indicating their battery is not charging to full capacity. This is NOT the case; it is an indicator of the ‘potential’ EV range for their next journey.
The EV range, displayed following a charge, is calculated from data the car automatically collates during the previous journey and therefore takes into account how the vehicle was driven during this journey. It also takes account of the ambient temperature and the use of any items that place additional demand on the engine, such as heating, air conditioning, lighting and whether Eco Mode is selected etc.
Q:When I bought my car in the Summer or Autumn I was getting more miles per battery charge than now. Why is this?
Lithium-ion batteries are most efficient in warmer ambient temperatures and therefore there is a natural drop in efficiency during the winter months. Additionally, the increased use of heating and lights in colder and shorter Winter days can impact on the battery, and therefore the driving range.
Q: Can I charge the vehicle from a standard domestic power supply?
Yes, however, we recommend any circuit considered for EV charging to be a dedicated circuit and to be checked by a qualified electrician. Alternatively, a dedicated charging point can be purchased from a number of companies who provide this service.
Q: Can I charge the vehicle in the rain?
Yes, all connections are fully sealed and tested to comply with safety standards. Care should be taken when connecting the car to a power source to ensure that there are no open connections and the car should not be charged when the mains power outlet is exposed to rain.
Q: Can I use an extension lead when charging my vehicle?
Extension cables and multi-plug adapters must not be used for charging Outlander PHEV.
Q: How do I get the most out of my PHEV?
Higher speeds, frequent braking and running the engine in ‘idle’ will reduce EV driving range so it is best to drive gently and use regenerative braking to help charge the battery.
Using ECO Mode regulates acceleration and reduces air conditioning output and can help increase the EV driving range of the vehicle. However, if you accelerate hard, more fuel or battery will be used and this could counter the potential benefits of the ECO function.
Check tyre pressure at regular intervals as low pressure can increase road resistance and fuel consumption.
When replacing tyres, always use tyres of the same brand, tread pattern, size and speed rating. If the vehicle detects a tyre of a different rolling radius (however slight) it will indicate that an EV service is required.
Q: The engine comes on automatically when I start up the vehicle, even though the battery is fully charged. Why?
Even if the battery is full, the engine may start under the following conditions.
- 1. EV system is hot or cold
- 2. While the heater or defroster is on
- 3. To prevent damage to the engine caused by fuel deterioration, the engine comes on to consume fuel if no more than 15 litres of petrol have been added to the fuel tank in three straight months. The engine will continue turning on automatically while driving (in Hybrid Vehicle mode) until the fuel tank is filled with at least 15 litres of petrol.