Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi PHEV motability car rearStatement from Motability:

From 1 March 2016 there will be two grant rates available from the Government. The highest grant is for Category 1 vehicles with zero emissions, this includes the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe, which are both available on the Motability Scheme. A reduced grant will be introduced for Category 2 and 3 vehicles with a shorter zero emission range (such as plug-in hybrid vehicles with a petrol or diesel engine).

This reduced level of funding for Category 2 and 3 vehicles will result in an increase in the cost of the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid, which means it will no longer be available on the Scheme. The Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid has been removed from our Car Search tool, however if you are currently considering this vehicle you will be able to place an application until 29 February 2016.

 

 

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) is an Outlander fitted with twin electric motors, one in the front and one in the back making the PHEV four wheel drive, together with a 2.0 litre petrol engine that cuts in to charge the batteries and with additional power when required.  The location of the rear motor means the hybrid is only available with five seats. Other than that there are no compromises on practicality, as unlike with many other hybrids, the boot is virtually the same size as in the Outlander diesel at 436 litres.  Most of the time the Outlander PHEV runs on battery power alone. However, if the batteries need topping up or more drive is required the petrol engine kicks in.  The PHEV can sprint from 0-62mph in just 11 seconds, that’s 0.7 seconds quicker than the diesel, while top speed is 106mph. It can even drive at up to 70mph on battery power alone. The PHEV weighs approximately 200kg more than the diesel, but because the batteries are located under the floor of the cabin, it has a lower centre of gravity which aids stability when cornering.

 

 

Mitsubishi PHEV motability car fuelIt takes up to five hours to fully charge the Outlander PHEV from a normal household 13amp socket. However, you can charge batteries to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes from a fast charger, you will have to buy an extra cable to do this which is £299 from Mitsubishi or around £150 for a 32 amp cable from a specialist supplier. British Gas have pulled out of the home charger marker and the preferred supplier is Charge MAster which costs you £195 (£700 being paid by a Government fund, while monies last).  The batteries in the Outlander PHEV are also topped up whenever you brake, as when you slow down the electric motors work in reverse as dynamos to generate electricity thereby recouping lost energy. You can even alter the extent of the ‘engine braking’ effect using the steering-wheel mounted paddles. The range on electric power alone is up to 32 miles but as there is no traditional engine to warm or cool the car the air con or heating is run from battery power that reduces that range. There are three driving modes in the PHEV. EV Drive Mode is an all-electric, the front and rear motors drive the vehicle using only electricity from the drive battery. In Series Hybrid Mode, the petrol engine operates as a generator supplying electricity to the electric motors. The system switches to this mode when the remaining charge in the battery falls below a predetermined level, and when more powerful performance is required, such as accelerating to pass a car or climbing a slope.  Then you have Parallel Hybrid Mode, where the petrol engine provides most of the power, assisted by the electric motors as required. The system switches to this mode for higher-speed driving.

 

 

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The PHEV’s official figures of 148mpg and 44g/km have been weighted with the results of two 25km test runs, one where the battery is drained and another where it isn’t. When driving with full batteries, in reality you can expect low twenty miles on Electric power alone and the best reported figures are around 90 miles per gallon, still very impressive, but run the car with low batteries and ‘Whatcar’ returned a disappointing 39.2 miles per gallon. The PHEV is clearly more suited to short commutes than trips away and you do have to charge the batteries from a power source in order to gain the advantage of the hybrid PHEV, should you be fortunate enough to be able to garage your PHEV and charge it overnight or if you have an understanding employer who will install a charging point at you place of work then the PHEV makes for an extremely low cost vehicle to run.

 

 

Mitsubishi PHEV motability car dialsThe Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is available to Mobility customers in the GX3h trim or you have the option to add leather seats.  As standard you get 18″ alloys, daytime running lights, traction control and hill start assist, privacy glass, front fog lights, rear parking sensors, dual zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity to the CD radio, cruise control and automatic wipers and lights. The new GX3h+ adds heated front seats, electric preheater and air con function and a remote smartphone app.

The Mitsubishi PHEV is a fantastic car and if you do lots of short journeys but need the ability to travel further when required, if you need 4wd and the space afforded from a large SUV then it is the perfect car for you. The all electric Nissan Leaf  is a cheaper option if you only do short journeys or the cheapest Hybrid on the Scheme is the Toyota Yaris that can offer up to 90 miles per gallon around town without the need to plug in.

Winter Best Buy – Mitsibushi Outlander  PHEV  ’GX3h’  4 Wheel Drive  Automatic –  £2499 Advance Payment (£1488 wpms)

Winter Best Buy – Mitsibushi Outlander  PHEV  ’GX3h+’ 4 Wheel Drive  Automatic –  £2899 Advance Payment (£1888 wpms)