Up to 52 kilometers purely electric. Total up to 800 kilometers. So Mitsubishi is applying the Outlander plug-in hybrid. A beautiful thing. And this “purely electric driving” is actually really fun. We have that with ours Duration test car so far you can try it out properly. The first SUV refueling at the outlet. A sensible thing. As long as you are at home, this thing with the “electricity filling station” is not a big problem either. Plug in the socket and the juice flows. In our case, it is an eco-electricity mix that we booked with our energy provider. Not just since we tested a plug-in hybrid, but several years ago.
But how is it going with the charging?
Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid & Finding the Sockets
Just started in Berlin a project in which Street lamps to public outlets to be converted. A nice idea. Because not every potential e-car or plug-in driver and new-car customer also has the opportunity to tap their own juice. This is not a big deal in our country. Here everyone has their own garage, people have their own parking. However, in the city, where plug-in hybrids and e-cars could play their systemic advantage so well, there is a lack of charging options. As part of the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid endurance test, I've been looking for public charging stations and found three examples:
1.) CHADeMO - Full Lotte Shop - Mitsubishi in Rüsselsheim
There is a full load here. Of course Mitsubishi has the right charging power at the company headquarters in Rüsselsheim. While the plug standard CHAdeMO had prevailed in Japan and among the manufacturers Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota - in Europe it was for the Mennekes II plug decided. At the same time, Mitsubishi is the first manufacturer ever to have one Electric vehicle in mass production sold, in Europe one had in the determination of the plug type no luck. And the clutter of recent years regarding plug architecture has done no good to the e-car and plug-in movement.
However, the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid has two charging sockets: the 300 Volt CHAdeMO, which allows the plug-in hybrid battery to charge around 20% within 80 minutes and a 3 mode charging cable The Outlander can also be loaded on a Mennekes socket within 4 hours. For home use Mitsubishi also provides a charging cable, the end of which has the classic Schuko plug and so can the Outlander plug-in hybrid to charge any normal 230 V (16A) socket.
This variability makes the search for the right charging socket much easier.
2.) Public charging station - parking garage Würzburg
The municipal utilities in Würzburg have placed a public charging station in the most important car park in Würzburg. Directly below the marketplace in Würzburg is the associated underground car park and there are two 230 Volt charging sockets. The use is included in the parking fee of the underground car park.
For us, this charging station is extremely practical, because the trip to Würzburg is almost 45 kilometers long and the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid is theoretically able to drive from our home to Würzburg and back in purely electric form. But only theoretically. Because the charging time on the standard Schuko charger is unfortunately too long. And - maybe before Christmas we can make it to a good 5 hours in the underground car park in Würzburg 😉
3.) Public charging station - Frankfurt Airport
In the parking garage P4 offers the Frankfurt Airport three parking spaces for electric cars at. However, there are only two charging plugs. A type 2 with 22 kW and a Schuko plug with 16 amps. In my opinion, this offer is one of the most important of all. Because for me, the parking garage at the airport is a place where I probably parked 2014 times in 130. Everything purely professional. And so I was not only able to rely on the charging stations at the airport often enough, but I was also able to observe the general problems with the public charging infrastructure.
If nobody controls the infrastructure, then every “idiot” parks in the reserved parking spaces. Anyone who drives an all-electric car will be very grateful for it, as they may be dependent on the charging facility. (Is this year with me scooter fared like that!)
With the Outlander Plug-In-Hybrid, the personal annoyance about drivers with reading difficulties who block the charging stations was rather manageable. The gasoline engine of the Outlander plug-in hybrid doesn't make the need to tap electrons necessary for the time being. You can get home with the power of the gasoline engine. But it's just annoying. If someone just had singing and clapping in school then I don't like to judge that, but it really doesn't help with the changes that are coming. And if a car park operator offers the infrastructure but then doesn't control its use, that's unfortunately annoying.
At the end...
In my opinion, there are still many places where charging stations would be helpful. Still only a few CHAdeMO charging stations and it takes a good 5 hours to recharge the battery in the Outlander plug-in hybrid at the normal socket, I don't find switching to a plug-in hybrid to be a limitation in everyday life. Because it is precisely the plug-in hybrid technology that enables a painless changeover.
Electric for shopping? Goes from home anytime. Electric to the next big city? Not a thing either. If the power is running low and the next charging station is far away, then you just use the gasoline engine.
Concern for the next charging station? Is therefore not available. Of course, one would like to drive electrically because it is simply cheaper and also CO²-neutral, but even if the charging stations are not yet on every corner or are blocked by "third-party parkers", the concept "Plug-in hybrid”Shows the greatest advantages in this time of change!
What is your experience with the charging station infrastructure? Do you have comments? Write to me.