Here’s a list of the most frequently asked questions about driving the Outlander PHEV.
What is a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle?
A Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is a hybrid vehicle driven by either or both electric motors and a traditional petrol/diesel engine.
What’s the difference between Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV), Hybrid Vehicles (HV), and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHV)?
PHEVs and PHVs feature a battery that can be charged directly from an external power source. For this reason, they have a longer cruising range under electric power than HVs. PHEVs can also use the engine as a generator to charge the battery, but PHVs can’t. If the battery runs down on a PHV, it must operate in Hybrid Vehicle mode until it’s charged from an external source.
What happens if I run out of petrol and the battery runs down?
Even if you run out of petrol, you can still drive the vehicle as long as the battery still has power. However, because the electric motor is also used to start the engine in PHEVs, if you are out of both petrol and battery power, the electric motor won’t be able to start the engine even if you fill up with petrol. If you run both completely down, you’ll need to charge the battery using an external power source before you can drive again.
When does the engine come on?
The petrol engine comes on when the battery level becomes low and requires charging or when a large amount of drive power is needed. These steps occur automatically and don’t require driver intervention. The vehicle can continue running in Electric Vehicle mode while the engine is charging the battery, and the engine can supply drive power to assist the electric motors.
The engine comes on automatically when I start up the vehicle, even though the battery is fully charged. Why?
To prevent engine damage caused by fuel deterioration, the engine comes on to consume fuel if no more than 10 litres of petrol have been added to the fuel tank in three straight months. The engine will continue turning on automatically while driving (in Hybrid Vehicle mode) until the fuel tank is filled with at least 15 litres of petrol.
Do I need to operate the Selector Lever or anything else when I’m starting up or shutting down the vehicle?
Startup: Press the power switch once while pressing the brake pedal to start up the PHEV system. When the display says READY, move the Selector lever to D while keeping your foot on the brake. Release the brake pedal and press the accelerator to begin driving.
Shutdown: To completely stop the vehicle, hold down the brake pedal while pressing the Parking Switch. When the display indicates that the Selector Lever is in the P position, turn the power switch to OFF and the PHEV system will shut down.
• If you try to turn the power switch OFF while in any position besides P during shutdown, the vehicle will automatically return to the P position and the automatic parking lock feature will engage.
• The display shows the position of the Selector Lever.
• If you don’t hold down the brake pedal, you won’t be able to change the position of the Selector Lever from P to R, N or D.
• If the following operations are carried out while the vehicle is in motion, a buzzer will sound and the vehicle will automatically shift to the N position:
o Pushing the Parking Switch
o Switching to the R position while driving forward
o Switching to the D position while reversing
What is the maximum grade I can climb?
How often should I change the oil?
Just like a petrol-powered vehicle, you should change your oil every 15,000 km or every year; whichever occurs first.
When the battery is low, is it more efficient to drive in charging, Electric Vehicle mode or Hybrid Vehicle mode?
Repeatedly switching between Battery Charge mode and Electric Vehicle mode deteriorates mileage by 20% in comparison with Hybrid Vehicle mode.
What is the Outlander PHEV like off-road?
The PHEV is a very capable off-roader, however with the twin-motor 4WD and S-AWC systems combined with the inherent torque of electric motors, it performs better than many conventional systems. It will also feature the "4WD Lock" mode to fix the front and rear motor power at an even 50/50 split.
Can I drive through water?
Yes, you can drive through water. The Outlander PHEV has been designed to act just like any other conventional 4WD vehicle. The watertight battery meets tough SUV driving standards.
Do you have any information on the fuel economy I can expect on longer journeys?
To see the remarkable fuel efficiency and environmental performance of the PHEV, you can use these driving scenarios to help estimate what level of petrol and electricity use you can expect. Click here
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