According to Mitsubishi Motor Corporation, during its development the Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) went through various kinds of testing during development, including hot weather in USA as well as cold weather in Canada.
Mitsubishi Motors’ engineers have now ticked off another box after the completion of two months of specific cold weather testing in Russia, prior to the forthcoming introduction of the car in this strategic market.
Cumulating in more then 30,000 km driven, over more than eight weeks of evaluation in Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Tolyatti, the three test cars experienced a combination of very low temperature (below -30° C) with snow covered road surface, unknown in other cold climate regions were Outlander PHEV is already retailed.
All in all, the engineers say the car performed very well and with no concern for the charging system.
The engineering team undertook a series of tests on different road surfaces, from broken pavement to flooded areas. The robust construction of the car as well as its twin motor 4-wheel drive and Super-All Wheel Control (“S-AWC”) systems withstood all tests, demonstrating the Outlander PHEV’s readiness for operation in Russia.
“Together with MMC, we deliberately chose to test the car over two months of the most unpredictable weather conditions with frost, and thaw, in order to test the real-life drive-ability of this plug-in hybrid electric car in various – and demanding – weather conditions,” says chief executive officer Andrey Pankov of MMC Rus, the official Russian distributor.
The Outlander PHEV is an electric car that meets the expectations of one of the most stable and fastest growing groups of our customer base opting for SUV – large, comfortable all-weather vehicles,” says Pankov
“I am sure that this breakthrough vehicle will take its place in our lineup and will be as popular in Russia as it is amongst European customers.”
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