Mitsubishi Outlander Plug in Hybrid EV to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September

The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug in Hybrid EV (PHEV) will hold much importance at the Mitsubishi enclosure during the upcoming Paris Motor Show to be held from 29th September to 14th October 2012 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris. Mitsubishi has confirmed the presence of this green machine and also stated that it will be the first permanent 4WD electric car in series production.

Outlander PHEV will have three drive modes – Pure, Series and Paralle. All these three modes are 4WD. Pure Mode will have Twin Motor 4WD, Series Mode features Twin Motor 4WD – EV supported by generator, and Parallel Mode has ICE engine supported by Twin Motor 4WD.

The company has also confirmed that the Outlander PHEV will have drive range of 800 km while auto emissions will be below 50 g/km of CO2. Initially, Mitsubishi will be selling the Outlander in European markets alone while it is slated for US markets by end 2013 or early 2014.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the second EV based vehicle from Mitsubishi. Its first was the iMiEV which had a range of 62 miles, a 49kW AC synchronous rear motor, 16 kWh lithium ion battery pack and ability to reach a top speed of 81 mph.

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CIRENCESTER, UK – At the forthcoming 2012 Paris Motor Show[1] (“Mondial de l’Automobile”), Mitsubishi Motors will continue to roll out its ambitious, global and green new product generation with a series of significant premieres. Highlight of this offensive will be the world introduction of the all-new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV.

New Frontier
Neither a mere adaptation of an existing Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) – powered vehicle, nor a dedicated Plug-in Hybrid technology showcase, the New Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV (or “PHEV”) will share its architecture with the soon-to-be-introduced New Outlander’s ICE versions – an engineering feat in itself.

As such, it will be the first mainstream car from a major manufacturer envisaged from the outset with built-in provisions for either ICE or PHEV power trains.

Plug-in Hybrid EV
Adding to its credentials, the New Outlander PHEV will further distinguish itself:

Mitsubishi Motors’ first Plug-in Hybrid car, it will be an EV-based vehicle, relying on MMC’s extensive EV and electronic know-how, supplemented by a petrol engine when needed – a solution more suited to global markets than Diesel.
Making the best use of Mitsubishi’s renowned 4-Wheel-Drive expertise, it will also be the first permanent 4WD electric car in series production.

Long haul
The New Outlander PHEV unique drive train combination of front electric motor + rear electric motor + front traction/generator petrol engine will translate into a choice of three driving modes:

  • Pure (Twin Motor 4WD EV)
  • Series (Twin Motor 4WD – EV supported by generator)
  • Parallel (ICE engine supported by Twin Motor 4WD).

When fitted to the New Outlander, the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid system will allow for a long haul range and very low emissions similar to that of the Concept PX-MiEV II show car, i.e. a driving distance of over 800 km and a CO2 target below 50 g/km.

Whilst the New Outlander ICE will start its commercial career in Western & Eastern Europe in the fall of 2012, the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV will be retailed in Europe during the course of 2013.

Complementing this New Outlander family, Mitsubishi Motors will stage further premieres at the Paris Motor Show, aimed at a European audience and to be detailed at a later stage…