Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technology | Schaumburg, IL
Over the past 20 years, there has been a lot of technological innovation involving power and efficiency within the automobile industry. As technology becomes more and more advanced, automakers have become more capable of providing environmentally-friendly vehicle options to drivers while not sacrificing power and performance. At the forefront of these innovations has been Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) technology and, more recently, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) technology. Mitsubishi, following a long history of being at the head of automobile engineering and innovation, has implemented state-of-the-art electric technologies within the Outlander PHEV.
Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology is premised upon having both a gas engine and electric motor with a battery that work together to increase vehicle efficiency and decrease fuel consumption and CO2 emissions — which we at Schaumburg Mitsubishi consider to be admirable goals. While most hybrids have only one electric motor, some have two such as the Outlander PHEV, which has one in the front and rear. This allows more electric power to be harnessed by the vehicle and supplies it to all four wheels, therefore allowing the vehicle to be even more green and eco-friendly than conventional hybrids while still being remarkably powerful.
Hybrid vehicles, although all utilizing a similar blend of gas and electric power, achieve such combined power in different ways and focus on optimizing different features. For instance, regenerative braking is one energy-saving feature that hybrid vehicles use. With this feature, energy is converted from braking to recharge the drive battery. Another feature on some hybrids is the ability to plug in the vehicle to either conventional or specialized electrical outlets to charge the vehicle’s battery – hence the difference between HEVs and PHEVs.
Hybrid vehicles also optimize efficiency and performance by having different driving modes, such as purely electric modes for shorter distances (such as the daily commute) and hybrid modes for longer trips. Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV is an incredibly capable plug-in hybrid — perhaps the most capable ever — and employs all three of these hybrid technologies. Moreover, the Outlander PHEV is a High-Range Series Parallel Hybrid which outperforms all other PHEV models by being the most capable (due to its SUV capabilities) and most efficient, traveling up to 33 miles on purely electric power.