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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – the best selling plug-in hybrid in the world

The Mitsubishi does better than any other plug-in hybrid CUV or SUV in the U.S. when it comes to all-electric range. Range numbers: there are around 20-23 miles of range, give or take based on the 12 kWh battery (and 33 mile NEDC rating). That means it’ll beat all of the other large PHEVs, which have a maximum EV range of 14 or 15 miles.

Eazy fast charge

There’s another unique benefit hiding in the Outlander PHEV. It is the only PHEV with a DC fast charger. If you plug into a CHAdeMO outlet, you’ll be able to fill the battery up to 80 percent full in about 25 minutes. Compare that with around four hours for a full charge using Level 2, and eight hours from a standard 120-volt outlet.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander has a four-wheel-drive system, called S-AWC, is standard on both trims thanks to two 60-kW motors, one on the front axle and one in back. It can tow up to a maximum 1,500 kg (3,300lb). And there is a 1,140-watt onboard sound system plus two,120-volt outlets in what Mitsubishi representatives called the “ultimate tailgating vehicle” that will let you plug in a TV in the stadium parking lot or a mini-fridge if you’re out glamping. While the battery should provide hours of power, the gas engine will come on to power the outlets if needed.




Outlander PHEV has driver-selectable regenerative braking levels and in EV mode the CUV is surprisingly quiet and calm. Even when the engine kicks on, there are no annoying rattles and shakes.

Three driving modes

The Outlander PHEV offers three driving modes: full electric in EV Mode, electric priority with some assistance from the 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine in series hybrid mode, and then, when the battery is low, a parallel hybrid mode where the engine does most of the work with some help from the motors when needed for extra acceleration. There are three driver selectable battery modes as well.

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