Toronto Electric Vehicle Association Tests Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV In Scotland – Videos

AUG 28 2015 BY ELECTRICCARSTV 14

Recently, the Toronto Electric Vehicle Association uploaded four videos from its test drive of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in the UK and Scotland. All 4 videos have valuable information within, but the video on paddle-selectable regenerative braking is the one we found to be the most interesting.

Videos and descriptions posted below:

“In this episode we test the 6 level shift paddle regen braking ..down the steep hill in the Scottish Highlands it was fun !”

“Chademo fast charging of the PHEV the only one of this kind in the market now.”

“Part 2 of our Scottish adventure on some of Europe s most intriguing and scenic roads in a plug in hybrid AWD SUV coming soon to North America.”

“2500 kms and 9 days in England and Scotland with this great AWD SUV that plugs in ! coming soon to our shores – definitely worth the wait ..check out our first impressions on both highways and narrow mountain side roads.”

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It seems like it would be easier to just leave it in B5 going down that grade and use the accelerator to speed and let off to slow down rather than constantly paddling up and down incrementally. In my Volt I put in in L and use 1 pedal driving as much as possible. In fact I wish it had even more aggressive regen so I wouldn’t ever hardly need to use the brake which is really just harder regen blended into the brake pedal until a certain point when the friction brakes take over. I certainly wouldn’t prefer trading moving my foot back and forth from the accelerator to the brake with incrementally paddling up and down on the steering wheel. Just keep it simple and keep it on 1 pedal. I think most people that are new to BEVs need to go through a transition to getting used to 1 pedal driving and that is what these gimmicky devices are for. I know the new Volt has a regen toggle on the steering wheel as well. I really hope the driver will be able to select the hardest regen and just leave it without having to constantly hit… Read more »

I leave mine in B3 for most of the time. Using B5 slows the car rapidly but brake lights don’t shine. There is a high risk of any car following training ramming you from behind

Next they will test it in California and USA.

Yes, and we will see this car in Ontario by 2022 !!

In Canada and Ontario… 🙂

You are, of course, assuming it will ever even reach North America. I have my doubts.

Seems noisy inside at hyghway speed.
And the incremental paddle braking ain’t my stuff.
I wouldn’t mind having regen control at the wheel to control it and avoid friction blending, IMO step up or down level are not desirable.
Just use regen with proportional pressure or positioning would do it better.

I don’t see the point of fast-charging a 20 mile battery. The point of the PHEV is that you can manage your short daily routine with mostly electric range and then when you go on long trips you rely on gasoline. Who wants to do a 20 minute charge every 20 mile on a longer trip? That’s not practical at all.

I don’t know, I think there could be some, admittedly limited, use cases. One example comes to mind here in California: when tackling a steep grade such as the Grapevine, you can stop at Tejon Ranch (or Santa Clarita on the other side), take a 20 minute break and plug-in for a QC, then you’ll have some extra oomph for the hill and not run the engine as hard up the grade. That’s how I’d use it.

I agree Chademo is not ideal for such a small battery. I think they added it in Japan because that enables Vehicle to Grid connection, which is way bigger there than in the USA.

Then your Outlander PHEV is like having 1.5 Tesla Powerwalls and transportation in a single package!

I am luck enough to own an Outlander PHEV. The battery is ideal for short journeys. Longer journeys, the car is a fairly efficient hybrid car. It charges the battery while you drive and brake or coast downhill. It then drives a mile or so on pur electric then drives a mile or so on combined. You never feel the transition and wouldn’t know if the display did not tell you so.
If you know you are approaching a large up hill with a depleted battery you can push the charge button which charges the battery while you drive or stationaryfir your umph up the hill.

Stop teasing us, just bring us the car already…

Hi from Scotland.
I have now been driving my Outlander PHEV for over six months. I feel your chosen driving mode off far from the most efficient. The best mode fir the toe of driving you have Bern doing in your videos is to drive even with the battery depleted and the car then becomes a hybrid. In that mode the car charges the battery whilst driving and tend to switch from battery to combined battery and petrol engine every mile or so.
In this form of driving you will get 55 plus miles to the gallon.
It outs also worth noting that the maximum motorway speed is 70mph. Keeping to those speeds also improves fuel consumption and time on Battery alone.
I agree, it it’s a fine car. Smooth drive. The you cannot hear our feel the transition between driving mode when driving normally. The petrol engine can be harsh and noisy when pushed hard.
The driving of this car improves with time and allowing the car to decide the best mode.
I would recommend this car.

That’s how I Drive my Volt I have found it to be most efficient when I let the car decide when the range extender runs and when it doesn’t. Gaming the system doesn’t seem to gain anything or at most very little, seems hardly worth the effort to me.