The Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference of Japan has awarded Mitsubishi the RJC Technology of the Year 2014 award. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s plug-in hybrid system was the source of the reward.
With more orders than Mitsubishi can fulfill, the Outlander PHEV received the award because:
The Plug-in Hybrid EV system features a high-capacity drive battery, front and rear electric motors, a generator, and a gasoline engine for the generation of power as well as for driving at high speeds, delivering hybrid driving that provides a longer all-electric cruising range and is powered mainly by the electric motors.
The Plug-in Hybrid EV system automatically selects an optimum driving mode for the driving conditions and remaining battery charge from three drive modes:
1. EV Drive Mode
2. Series Hybrid Mode
3. Parallel Hybrid Mode
The Plug-in Hybrid EV system was highly acclaimed for its high level of environmental performance, smooth acceleration, as well functioning with the quietness of a luxury vehicle.
Mitsubishi currently has around 10,000 European orders they are racing to fulfill, and the Outlander PHEV is due in the US sometime in early 2015.