Mitsubishi Outlander’s Plug-In Hybrid System Wins RJC Technology of the Year 2014 Award


Cutaway Of Mitsubishi Outlander

Cutaway Of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The plug-in hybrid system that propels the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been chosen as the recipient of the “RJC Technology of the Year 2014” award by the Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference of Japan .

Diagram Of Outlander PHEV

Diagram Of Outlander PHEV

The highly successful Outlander PHEV, with more orders than Mitsubishi can dream to fulfill at the moment, was awarded for these reasons:

The Plug-in Hybrid EV system features a high-capacity drive battery, front and rear electric motors, a generator, and a gasoline engine for the generation of power as well as for driving at high speeds, delivering hybrid driving that provides a longer all-electric cruising range and is powered mainly by the electric motors.

The Plug-in Hybrid EV system automatically selects an optimum driving mode for the driving conditions and remaining battery charge from three drive modes:

1. EV Drive Mode
2. Series Hybrid Mode
3. Parallel Hybrid Mode

The Plug-in Hybrid EV system was highly acclaimed for its high level of environmental performance, smooth acceleration, as well functioning with the quietness of a luxury vehicle.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Cutaway

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Cutaway

In terms of NEDC specs, the Outlander PHEV impresses:

  • Maximum driving range : 824 km (512 miles)
  • Range in Pure EV Mode : 52 km (32 miles) – look for it to get about 20-22 miles of range on US/EPA standard
  • Fuel consumption : 1.9 l/100 km
  • CO2 emissions : 44 g/km
  • Maximum speed : 170 km/h (105 mph – where legal)
  • Weight: 1,810 kg (3,990lbs)


  • 5 hours – normal charging (230V / 10A)
  • 30 minutes – quick charging / up to 80% (CHAdeMO standard)

Right now, Mitsubishi is racing to fulfill some 10,000-plus European orders for the Outlander PHEV.  Due to production constraints, the plug-in Outlander won’t arrive in the US until early 2015.

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So … this has a generator AND an engine? Very interesting. I guess for the expected performance they had to either duplicate the Volt transmission/generator concept, or do both. I suppose it means that if you keep it in series mode, you may have a constrained top speed or acceleration — or it just pops out of that mode and goes to series mode if you stomp on the accelerator.

I like the concept and wish it would come in 2014. But, if they execute it well, it will be legitimate (everyday man’s 😉 ) competition for the Model X.

A 5hr 230v charge time, with 22 miles of range and the option of fast DC, would seem a little kludgey for the US market.

That’s at 8amp. Never heard of 230v. Seems like an odd combo there. I’d be surprised if 8amp is the only non CHAdeMO way to charge.

20 miles would be fine for me – it would cover my commute. My wife would have a lower EV% than she’s getting with the Volt (over 90%).

5 hours wouldn’t be too slow for me. I’ve been using 110v 8amp and doesn’t really matter as it the car has a full charge the next morning. I could set it to 12amp if I needed a little faster, but don’t tend to need to do that.

I too wish for a bigger High-Voltage battery. I believe 10 amps is the standard European General Lighting circuit rating (similiar to our 15 @ 120), meaning the Mitsu outlander has been designed to plug in anywhere and not worry about it.

I would love double the battery size. Perhaps as an option? So what’s the MSRP going to be?

Isn’t 230V EU standard?

Yeah they obviously have 2 models MMF, one for the North American Market and Japan where 100 volts is common, and one for the rest of the 220Y/380 world.
Japan is interesting since they have half and half 50 and 60 hertz.

I would imagine the 1500 watt Dashboard inverter output would be 6 1/4 amps /50 hz in the european models and 12 1/2 amps/60 hz here.

Nate, European cars that eventually get here always have 110 volt charge cords for the north american market. Even my Roadster came with a 110 volt emergency charge cord, as does the model S.

Is the generator really small? Why not just use the engine only after the battery depletes, save weight and cost etc…


But, at what cost??

The PHESUV will likely be the format of choice when it comes to PHEVs.