Not content with having the Mitsubishi i-MiEV as the only car with next generation powertrain technologies under the hood, Mitsubishi is already planning it’s next energy efficient vehicle. A Mitsubishi spokesperson announced today at E-Mobilia World that the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV would be coming to Malaysia by the end of 2013.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a plug-in extended range four-wheel drive capable EV version of Mitsubishi’s Outlander SUV. It’s powered by a 300 volt 12 kWh battery, which drives two independent electric motors that drive both the front and rear axle, hence giving the Outlander PHEV four-wheel drive capability. Both permanent magnet synchronous motors each offer a 60 kW output, and in terms of torque the front unit delivers 137 Nm, while the rear motor has 195 Nm.
The two motors are integrated with Mitsubishi’s S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) integrated vehicle dynamics control system. The Outlander PHEV can travel on electric power alone for up to 60 km, up to a maximum speed of 120 km/h. If that’s not enough for you, a 94 hp 2.0 litre MIVEC engine will power up. It doesn’t drive the wheels directly, but generates electricity for the motors to use.
Thanks to the generator, the Outlander PHEV is said to be able to travel a maximum range of 880 km with a full charge as well as a full tank of fuel. More than enough for balik kampung trips.
Read our previous story for more technical details on how the PHEV system works.