In everyday life: Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

Since 8 weeks, the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid is now a permanent test on-site. Never before has an automobile manufacturer dared to allow me such a profound test. 8 weeks have passed so now and the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid has proven itself in many practical situations. The test is also impressive because we are now driving into the winter half of the year and thus into the season in which one usually does not set consumption records.

When it gets really cold outside, gasoline engines need more fuel for the warm-up process, we also drive with many electrical consumers (light to seat heating) and the rolling resistance of winter tires is higher. In short, especially in the disciplines in which the plug-in hybrid should shine, namely the fuel efficiency, he gets now worse conditions.

The standard fuel consumption of the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid was determined using 1.9 liters on 100 kilometers in the NEDC test. That it can also be less loosely, we have already experienced in everyday life with the plug-in hybrid. Thanks to its range in the purely electrical field are Shopping trips without emissions possible for us. And everyday life as an exception! However, electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids have problems similar to gasoline-powered vehicles in winter. Batteries don't like it when it gets freezing cold, the more exciting the test period is now for us. Here, too, a "thumbs up”To Mitsubishi for facing this test scenario. The Outlander Plug-In Hybrid should be on the move purely electrically for up to 52 kilometers, we will see how it looks with the Outlander in electric operation in December, January and February.

The test car already has a big advantage on board: the electric parking heater.

Winter advantage: auxiliary heating

The electric auxiliary heating of the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid can be programmed via the app on the smartphone or via the multimedia system. First of all the criticism: The use of the system is unpleasantly complicated and the fact that the smartphone app only works in the direct WiFi range of the Outlander should be improved. A “build-in” solution with a smartphone or your own SIM card would significantly increase convenience. And a little fine-tuning of the app's “usability” wouldn't hurt either.

Once programmed, the Outlander receives even after frosty nights with clear windows, a warm interior and thus with much more comfort than vehicles without auxiliary heating. The fact that the Outlander plug-in hybrid heats up electricity, of course, spoils the overall e-balance. While the electric heater is running, the Outlander pulls hard on the battery, thus increasing the cumulative total consumption of green electricity.

The remote control app for the PHEV could do with a bit of fine tuning. Not just visually.
The remote control app for the PHEV could do with a bit of fine tuning. Not just visually.


Consumption - A mix of gasoline and electricity

In order to determine the total consumption, including the need for comfort equipment such as the auxiliary heating, the total power consumption is entered once a week on and always the current mileage. With e-vehicles and plug-in hybrids, determining the consumption on a smaller scale is a little difficult. Since the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid never runs the batteries completely empty and in some cases recuperates extremely well and thus feeds in electricity, the consumption in kW / h per trip is almost impossible to clarify. I have therefore decided to take a slightly larger look at the entire consumption spectrum.

Of course, the daily run of the electric heating is not conducive to a new record on consumption. In addition, we have many trips with 0.00 liter of gasoline on 100 kilometers, but I also often drive longer distances with the Outlander and am on the highway then more in the area around the 130 to 150 km / h at home. That's for a SUV with 2 tons of curb weight and tidy course of course no savings drive.

After 8 weeks, the average consumption of the Outlander is still only 4.75 liters on 100 kilometers. In addition, 92 kWh of electricity was chased through the pipes.

That may not have anything to do with the 1.9 liters after NEDC, but it is the individual everyday life. And to consume less than 5 liters in this everyday life, I actually have to limit myself to cute little cars with little power, without four-wheel drive and much less comfort.

A Mitsubishi Space Star has been tested here For example, only under full “self-mortification” fell below the 5 liters per 100 kilometer mark. That should make it clear how extremely efficient such a plug-in hybrid Outlander is.






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