The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV: The Complete Guide For Ireland

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 13.8 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 45 km
Tailpipe emissions: 46g (CO2/km)

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The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV

The Mitsubishi Motor Corporation, commonly referred to simply as Mitsubishi Motors or Mitsubishi, is a leading Japan based automotive manufacturer. The company is headquartered in Tokyo and has been partly owned (34%) by Nissan, and now part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi-Alliance. Historically the company has been owned by the Japanese conglomerate, the Mitsubishi Group.

Mitsubishi commenced selling electric vehicles (EVs) in 2009. Its first EV was the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, a compact hatchback city car. The EV has been sold and rebadged in Europe as the Peugeot iOn and the Citroen C-Zero. The automotive company currently offers only the Outlander PHEV model, but has a vision to introduce more electric vehicles.

The Mitsubishi Outlander was introduced in 2001, initially under the ‘Mitsubishi Airtrek‘ name. The vehicle was based on the Mitsubishi ASX concept vehicle and unveiled at the 2001 North American International Auto Show. The third-generation Outlander was launched in 2013, to include the Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variant. The Outlander PHEV has been well received since 2013, but production has been discontinued by the manufacturer. However, a used Outlander plug-in hybrid is still an option worth considering, given the ‘best-selling legacy’ of this EV.

The Mitsubishi PHEV pairs a 2.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, powered by an onboard EV battery. The automotive manufacturer claims a fuel economy up to 2.0 l/100km for the electric vehicle (EV). Of course, the real-world fuel economy will depend on a number of factors, but none as influential as using the e-mode. Bottom-line, to increase the fuel economy of the vehicle and lower the driving costs, the PHEV should be driven as much as possible on the pure electric mode.

Given the WLTP certified emission-free electric range is 45 km, and most commutes are short, there is much scope for taking advantage of electric driving to save money. The PHEV has a 13.8 kWh onboard EV battery, which is reasonably standard for a PHEV of this size. However, expect the real-world electric range to be closer to 35 km. The EV range is impacted by a number of factors, to include: driving profile, speed, load, regenerative braking, road condition, weather and a lot more.

Taking advantage of the EV range will also require inculcating a habit of charging the EV on a regular basis, which is as easy as charging a smartphone. We at e-zoomed recommend the use of a dedicated EV charging station, like myenergi zappi to charge the EV.

We do not encourage the use of a domestic 3-PIN plug. The EV incorporates a 3.7 kW AC onboard charger and is capable of DC charging up to 22 kW (0%-80%: 25 minutes). Do keep in mind that most PHEVs are not DC charging compatible. The EV can be fully charged in 4 hours with a dedicated EV charger.

The performance of the electric SUV is reasonable. The all-wheel drive Outlander Plug-In Hybrid can achieve 0-100 km/h in 10.5 seconds, also benefiting from instant torque. The hybrid drivetrain delivers a maximum power of 135 bhp (torque 211 Nm), sufficient for city and motorway driving. The top speed is 170 km/h.

The Outlander plug-in hybrid has a more traditional exterior design compared to the more recent plug-in hybrid introductions. Having said that, for those keen on ‘familiarity’, the Outlander PHEV is well suited. The interior of the PHEV is not as high quality as a premium badge family SUV, but it does get the job done.

In terms of practicality, the interior cabin is spacious and can comfortably seat 5 tall adults i.e. ample headroom and legroom. Despite the addition of the onboard EV battery, the boot size is decent (463 L). The EV has been awarded a Five-Star NCAP safety rating and the manufacturer offers a 8 years or 160,000 km warranty.

The Outlander PHEV has tailpipe emissions up to 46g CO2/km, much lower than the conventional combustion engine variant (245g CO2/km). Company-car drivers keen on lowering the cost of driving can also take advantage of the PHEV.

Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet!

Tried and tested. Sold since 2013Not as stylish or iconic as other electric SUVs
Cheap to drive on electric mode and DC charging compatibilityInterior cabin quality has room for improvement
Practical and spacious for adultsType 1 charging


The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV (credit: Mitsubishi)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body Type:SUV
Engine:Petrol/ Electric
Available In Ireland:No

Variants (1 Option)
Mitsubishi Outlander (from € N/A)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 13.8 kWh
Charging:22 kW DC charging (0%-80%: 25 minutes). Onboard charger: 3.7 kW AC (0%-100%: 4 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 1
EV Cable Type:Type 1
Tailpipe Emissions:46g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 160,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh€ 2.10
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh€ 2.78
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh€ 2.87
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh€ 3.14
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh€ 3.37
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state-of-charge

Height (mm):1710
Width (mm):1800
Length (mm):4695
Wheelbase (mm):2670
Turning Circle (m):10.6
Boot Space (L):463

Outlander PHEV
EV Battery Capacity:13.8 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):45 km
Electric Energy Consumption (km/kWh):N/A
Fuel Consumption (l/100km):2.0
Charging:22 kW DC charging (0%-80%: 25 minutes). Onboard charger: 3.7 kW AC (0%-100%: 4 hrs)
Top Speed:170 km/h
0-100 km/h:10.5 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Max Power (PS):135
Torque (Nm):211
Kerb Weight (kg):1,890
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

Longest Range Pure Electric Cars: Top 5

The electric driving sector has certainly witnessed significant progress in relation to electric range, for both, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Historically, range anxiety has been an impediment for consumers keen to migrate to electric cars, in particular, pure electric cars.

Though range anxiety has been a valid concern, in our view, it had been over-exaggerated. Do keep in mind that most day-to-day driving involves short journeys i.e. school runs, travel to work, local high street, gym, grocery store etc. How many times in a month do we really travel long distances?

In any case, with the latest-generation of pure electric cars, there is ample e-range for both short and long-distance motorway journeys. In fact, the latest-generation of pure electric cars offer a real-world range over 500 km on a single charge. Some of these EVs can travel from the North to the South of Ireland on a single-charge! The longest range electric car on our list below is the all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS saloon with a WLTP claimed range up to 729 km.

Several factors have contributed to the improvement in emission-free electric range. Some of these include: increase in size of the onboard EV battery, improvements in the EV battery management, sleeker aerodynamics, lower vehicle weight and overall improvement in vehicle efficiency. We can expect this trend to continue, as automotive manufacturers labour to further improve the efficiency of electric vehicles and ultimately electric range.

It is also worth noting, that not all automotive manufacturers aspire for the largest onboard EV battery or the longest electric range. Many electric cars, like the all-electric Honda-e have been developed primarily to target the needs of urban drivers, who travel short distances. Of course, even for such electric cars, automotive manufacturers continue to seek improvements in vehicle efficiency and e-range.

Brand/ ModelBattery Size (kWh)Electric Range (WLTP)Body TypeBattery Warranty
Mercedes-Benz EQS108.4 kWh729 kmSaloon8 years or 160,000 km
BMW i7105.7 kWh622 kmSaloon8 years or 160,000 km
Mercedes-Benz EQE90.6 kWh617 kmSaloon8 years or 160,000 km
Polestar 3111 kWh610 kmSUV8 years or 160,000 km
Ford Mustang Mach-E98 kWh600 kmSUV8 years or 160,000 km

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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