156 MPG with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid
Can you achieve 156 MPG in an Outlander plug-in hybrid?
Running with a consumption of 156 mpg with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid is that even possible? Mitsubishi promises a very low consumption and it is achieved through lab results that all cars must undergo in order to have a comparable standard. In reality, of course, that consumption is very hard to achieve. All energy-consuming equipment such as air conditioning, heated chairs and head lamps are disconnected in the lab tests. The Australian auto test-site "The Motor Report, however, has managed to achieve 156 mpg in a reality test. The test was carried out during the summer, at a distance of 80 kilometres of highway, hills, roundabouts and traffic lights. They turned off the climate control to save electricity. They came to the conclusion that the optimum speed for the electric engines was 37mph and to try to keep the speed in steep hills was the best for electricity consumption. Legs without hills were done at 50 mph as far as possible to keep the consumption down. They used the regenerative braking as much as possible instead of the usual brakes. Even the acceleration was extremely careful in order to save energy.
This is not really a true reality test, because who wants to go in 37mph uphill and 50 mph on flat stretches and accelerate 0-50 mph in 20 seconds? But they have shown that it is possible and what it takes to achieve it and if you have that in mind when running you can save a lot of petrol.
Read the full review here: http://www.themotorreport.com.au/58513/2014-mitsubishi-outlander-phev-economy-review
Lab tests are performed in a temperature of + 20 degrees celsius and in our country (sweden), there are not many months we have such temperatures. Something that saves consumption in winter is to preheat the car with the Mitsubishi Remote App before leaving and when the vehicle is charging. That way the car don´t need the petrol engine to warm the Interior. To ensure that no gasoline engine starts, you can put the fan in the "OFF" position. However, you will need to start the fan and therefore gasoline engine again when the temperature begins to drop in the compartment.
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