Mitsubishi Redefines Intelligent Hybrids With Outlander PHEV
A few years ago Mitsubishi intrigued us with a fresh and intelligent plug-in hybrid based on an Outlander platform. The company will make it available at the end of the year.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a plug-in hybrid that used its electric motor only when needed? Wouldn’t it be great if a frugal internal combustion engine kicked in whenever needed? Now wouldn’t be great if the plug-in hybrid would intelligently go from series, efficiently using its electric motor to spin the wheels to parallel, adding its gasoline engine to directly spin the wheels when enough speed calls for it? Mitsubishi is promising the release of such a platform with its New Outlander PHEV.
Technically Speaking. It all started with the sleek Concept PX-MiEV that showed up in auto shows in 2009 which was followed with the Concept PX-MiEV II in 2011. Using its MiEV electric vehicle technology on an Outlander SUV platform, the company is building a smart plug-in hybrid that let’s you choose from the three drive modes or automatically uses the most efficient means to spin it wheels.