It seems that Mitsubishi has been working very hard these last few months developing a Plug-in Hybrid EV model. The new Mitsubishi EV Outlander will have its first official public debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September. This vehicle comes after the gasoline and diesel-powered versions of the Outlander that were revealed this year, in March at the Motor Show that took place in Geneva.
The new Mitsubishi EV Outlander will have the same architecture with the future Internal Combustion Engine version of the model. Apparently, according to the carmaker, this model will be the first mainstream model to be designed for either ICE or PHEV power-trains. This last one was first presented at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show in the Concept PX-MiEV and it combines a front electric motor, a front-mounted 2.0-liter petrol engine and a rear electric motor. This system actually offers three driving modes called Parallel, Series and Pure. The last one uses the front and rear electric motors powered only by a battery.
The Series mode uses the two electric motors and a petrol engine that participates as a generator. The first one, the Parallel mode is supported by the two electric motors and the gasoline engine. The Plug-in Hybrid system offers a range of more than 800 km and the CO2 emission levels is somewhere around 50 g/km. both the gasoline and diesel-powered model will be available for sale in Russia starting this summer, in Europe before the end of the year, followed by the rest of the world. The European customers will have the chance to purchase the PHEV models only next year. There is no information for the SU customers yet, but maybe soon, the carmaker will reveal some.
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