Plug-in Hybrid technology
PLUG-IN HYBRID EV
What’s the difference between Hybrid, EV, and PHEV?
A hybrid vehicle uses both a petrol engine and electric motors, with the battery charging only when the vehicle is in motion. In contrast, an electric vehicle –or EV– is powered by battery only, which gets charged from an external power supply.
A Plug-in Hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) has a petrol engine and a battery which can be recharged from an external power supply. So it’s not only convenient to charge, it’s more versatile because you’ve got two forms of power working in harmony.
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Wondering if the Outlander PHEV is the right car for you?
See how the twin electric motors and petrol engine work together whatever your journey type.
- In town or short commutes
EV Drive Mode
(Electric motor only)
The motors power the vehicle using electricity from the battery, resulting in zero fuel consumption and zero CO2 emissions. The drive mode is quiet, clean and powerful. Maximum speed is 135km/h
Series Hybrid Mode
(Electric motor + petrol engine assistance)
The motors power the vehicle using engine-generated electricity. The engine generates electricity to recharge the battery when the level is low and to increase power when accelerating rapidly or climbing hills.
Parallel Hybrid Mode
(Petrol engine + electric motor assistance)
The engine powers the vehicle at high speeds etc, (when engine efficiency is high) with assistance from the motors when extra power is required.
Charge the battery as you drive
Kinetic energy is generated naturally as the vehicle brakes. To help you keep your battery charge topped up, the Outlander PHEV makes use of this energy. In other words, the electric motor is using the vehicle's momentum to recover energy that would be otherwise lost to the brake discs as heat. A paddle selector on the steering wheel allows you to control the amount of energy you regenerate. Choose from of six levels depending on driving conditions. The other benefit of this innovative technology is it's more eco-friendly: you'll be relying on the petrol engine less often.
Total control at your fingertips
You can select the Outlander PHEV to run on electricity alone by using the EV Priority switch. During these times, as well as being cheaper per mile, the car will run almost silently. Just imagine, you could be gliding through the city streets or country roads in the early hours and no one will be disturbed.
Low CO2 Emissions