Mitsubishi claims that the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV will be the first permanent 4WD electric car in series production.
Mitsubishi Motors will be rolling out with a series of significant premieres in the upcoming 2012 Paris Motor Show(“Mondial de l’Automobile”). The highlight of the series of its new global and green product range will be the world introduction of the all-new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV.
Mitsubishi claims that the all-new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV or “PHEV” is neither an adaptation of the current Outlander nor a dedicated plug-in hybrid technology, but will share its architecture with the soon to be announced Internal Combustion Engine(ICE) version of the All-new Outlander.
As such, it will be the first mainstream car from a major manufacturer envision to be built with provisions for either ICE or PHEV powertrains.
The New Outlander PHEV unique drive train combination of front electric motor coupled with a rear electric motor plus a 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(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.