Electrically through everyday life, the first plug-in hybrid SUV

[= ””] Update: The federal government now has the Promotion of e-mobility decided, We are therefore updating once again the e-car articles, tests and driving reports. This original article is from the 20. June 2015 

A real endurance test vehicle has to go through everything, in our case even a move. Moving like this isn't a big deal for Mitsubishi's Outlander, but it was for us. But thanks to the “big hatch” and plenty of storage space, the Outlander has done the role of the “load mule” very well despite the plug-in hybrid technology. 

Everyday electrical life - moving and new range tests

Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid in the endurance test on mein-auto-blog

The endurance test car has been with us for 8 months, 8 months in which we dared to switch from pure gasoline / diesel to plug-in hybrid technology overnight. And in the 8 months we haven't even regretted it. On the contrary, the PHEV Outlander turned out to be the test vehicle with the highest level of acceptance. Regardless of whether it is the neighbors, friends or work colleagues. The interest is always huge and we constantly have to provide information about the “real” consumption values.

A week ago we moved into our new home and the Outlander had to do his part in moving the office and other belongings. So - with a flick of the finger, the rear seat bench is folded down and the 463 liters of cargo space become 1.472 liters. The space behind the front seats is transformed into a cargo space cave, long enough to accommodate dismantled shelves, high enough to be loaded in several shifts. In our case, however, the PHEV only had to pick up “little things”, you know, those many little things that are left over when you have actually stowed everything in boxes. For the “actual” move we had of course rented a truck - the PHEV, in its function as a long-term tester, was “just” the family friend again, the family SUV with the useful talents.

And in this role he was probably the first moving helper to cover the distance electrically. In contrast to many pure e-mobiles, the Outlander can take a lot. Space is available. This is where the PHEV Outlander differs very clearly from the “waiver mobiles” that many have in mind when they think of e-mobility.

Since we “only” moved 30 kilometers further, our home remains in the fun, we drove the entire route purely electrically. For plug-in hybrid SUVs from other manufacturers, that would have been an impossible task.

We have always viewed the range specified by the manufacturer, purely electrically, of up to 52 km critically, but everyday life shows - it is not unrealistic. A good 40 km are actually always feasible and thus significantly more than the competition.

With 1.9 liters over 100 km?

We have already done it. If you consistently try to recharge at the socket, you can easily drive less than 2 liters of petrol over 100 km - on average. We covered 2.085 km with just one tank full, that's 1.92 liters on 100 km!  After our move, the daily driving distances for the PHEV will be even shorter. We now have a bakery in town again, a butcher and even a hardware store. If we now start the family carriage for the “errand trips” with the PHEV, we will save ourselves the petrol operation completely - so the remaining months will be exciting:

Will we be able to press the consumption under 1.9 liters on 100 km?

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