How to Maximize the Driving Range in Your Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Published July 11, 2019
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is highly efficient, but the driving range achievable can be maximized with a few simple steps. The potential driving range is available to view through a display on the dashboard, or MMCS screen, and is constantly adjusted based on a number of factors that influence the energy usage of the vehicle.
As with the conventional car, the potential range is very much dependent on the way the car is driven and the ambient conditions. The onboard computer also takes into account the previous journey. If the car was driven vigorously or gently then it will assume that the following journey may also be similar, and adjust the estimated range accordingly. The total estimated EVrange displayed when the car is started after a full charge can therefore vary each time.
Power consumption and range is also very dependent on driving style. Excess speed will use more energy, so better range can be achieved by moderating acceleration, braking and speed. A road route with long steep inclines or hills will use more power,but this can be mitigated by the use of regenerative braking, which captures energy when the accelerator is released to charge the battery, and is especially effective when going down steep hills. Moving the selector lever from D to B allows the driver to select the level of regenerative braking manually by using the paddle shift levers around the steering wheel. Holding the right paddle for 2 seconds will return the vehicle to the D setting. There are six levels of regenerative braking strength available to suit the driving conditions. The range may also be affected by the ambient temperature, in particular extreme cold. This can affect the efficiency of the traction battery, as can the use of items such as heating and air conditioning, both of which use electric power from the main traction battery to operate.
Air conditioning systems are particularly energy hungry, so excessive use will consume more power. It is good practice to pre-heat or pre-cool the car while plugged in before the journey, to reduce the impact on the range. The use of heated seats and heated steering wheel functions, rather than the main heating system, will also help preserve battery power. Both are far more efficient than heating the whole cabin for a single passenger. In addition to these measures, Eco mode is also useful to conserveenergy and approve the overall range. It reduces the power allocated to the heating and air-conditioning units, as well as reducing the power available at the throttle, to provide a longer range and encourage gentle driving.
Finally, battery save mode preserves the remaining drive battery power for use in appropriate driving environments such astowns and cities, while battery charge mode enables the driver to boost the battery capacity for long inclines and hills. And at the end of every trip your eco driving can be measured and displayed as a series of green leaves. The more leaves you receive, the better your driving style.
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