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• Average fuel consumption per vehicle type has been based on sales data between January 2011 to December 2013 from the New Zealand Transport Association.

•The ‘Average Daily Commute’ figure has been based on the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority: EECA yearly average of 14,000km divided into 52 weeks.

•Petrol and Diesel averages have been obtained from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority: EECA.

•The average electricity rate of 15c/kWh has been obtained from the EECA as used on Electric Vehicle for their fuel saving label.

•The calculated ‘Cost to Drive’ is based on the user input data and a series of industry averages and are approximate costs, comparisons and savings.

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Driving FAQs

  • What’s the difference between a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, Hybrid Vehicle, and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles?

    Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles 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 Hybrid Vehicle. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle can also use the engine as a generator to charge the battery, but Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles cannot. If the battery runs down on a Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle, it must operate in Hybrid Vehicle mode until it is 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 Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle vehicles, if you are out of both petrol and battery power, the electric motor will not be able to start the engine even if you fill up with petrol. If you run both completely down, you will need to charge the battery using an external power source before you can drive again.

  • What is a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle?

    A Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle is a hybrid vehicle driven by either or both electric motors and a traditional petrol/diesel engine.

  • 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 do not 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 Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle 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 do not hold down the brake pedal, you will not 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: Pushing the Parking Switch
    • Switching to the R position while driving forward
    • Switching to the D position while reversing

  • What is the maximum grade I can climb?

    27 Degrees

  • 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 Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle like off road?

    The Plug-In Hybrid is a very capable off-roader, however 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 Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle 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 Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, you can use these driving scenarios to help estimate what level of petrol and electricity use you can expect. Click here

Battery and charging FAQs

  • Where are the batteries located?

    The batteries are located under the floor of the cabin, between the front and rear wheels.

  • How can I determine the remaining battery capacity?

    The Multi Information Display in the middle of the dual meter cluster shows how much charge is left in the battery. It can also be displayed in the navigation display unit if selected.

  • Can I charge the Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle from a regular home outlet?

    Yes, you can plug the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid into a regular 10AMP internal socket at home. 

  • When will I need to replace the battery?

    The battery has a “life” of 10 years or 3000 charge cycles at which point it will have naturally degraded to about 80% of its as new capacity. This is a natural phenomenon for lithium-ion batteries. The vehicle is still driveable in this condition but with a reduced Electric Vehicle range.

  • How do you dispose of the battery if the battery requires replacement?

    Lithium-ion batteries are almost 100% recyclable. Your Mitsubishi Motors dealer will arrange disposal of your old or failed batteries by having them consolidated to approved recyclers who will send them offshore for recovery and recycling processing, or will be returned to the battery manufacturer in Japan for inspection before proper disposal and recycling.

  • Are the batteries safe in the event of an accident?

    Absolutely, the reinforced underbody construction, coupled with a four-member battery frame directly connected with the chassis and strengthens the entire body and improves collision protection. In addition, rigid sheet metal and solid frame-weld construction strengthen the battery durability while also sufficiently blocking electromagnetic waves. There’s also a special undercoating on the battery to help protect that battery against any flying debris.

  • Can I drive off while charging?

    No. You will not be able to drive off while the vehicle is still plugged in to a mains supply and charging as you will be unable to put your vehicle into the “ready” mode.

  • How do I know the cost of charging?

    The Navigation system has the option to insert your kWh home power costs and will let you know the cost of each charge or monthly cumulative cost of your battery recharges.

  • Off-Peak Charging

    To take maximum advantage of owning the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid be sure to set your charge times to when electric power rates are at their lowest. Check with your electricity provider for your ‘Off-Peak’ details.

Other FAQs

  • Where can I get the Mitsubishi Remote Control app?

    The application can be downloaded free of charge from the Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand website, the Apple Store or from Google Play. Suitable for VRX models only.

  • I've lost my copy of the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Quick Guide. Where can I get another?

    You can download a PDF version of the Quick Guide here

  • Where can I find press reviews of the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid?

    If you want to know what the press are saying about the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid, a range of reviews can be found here

  • Can I use a trailer?

    You can install tow bar and tow up to 750kg braked or unbraked.

  • How long will it take to charge?

    A full charge when plugged into a 10AMP/240V socket should take about 6.5 hours depending on the battery level.

  • How much will it cost to charge?

    It will depend on your electricity rates. The cost to charge equals your electric rate times the kWh required to charge the battery.


  • What do I do if I get a puncture as there is no spare wheel?

    The Outlander Plug-In Hybrid has a puncture repair kit for emergency repair of small punctures. Please follow the instructions in the handbook when repairing a puncture. The repaired tyre is for temporary use below 80km/hr. Take the vehicle to your nearest Mitsubishi Motors dealer or tyre repair agent for a permanent repair to the tyre.

  • How is the battery cooled?

    The Outlander PHEV will use the same Active Air Cooling system as the i-MiEV.

  • What is the petrol mileage?

    Combined fuel efficiency is rated at 1.9litre/100km as per the ADR81/02 and emit 44grams of exhaust emissions.

  • How many seats does the Outlander Plug-In Hrbrid Have?

    Five seats.

  • Does the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle cost more to maintain than a petrol or diesel vehicle?

    General maintenance type repairs, such as brakes, tyre replacement and rotations should not cost any more than they would with a regular car. However, repair or maintenance work on the electric motors or other parts will need to be completed by a qualified technician at a Mitsubishi Motors dealership.  Your regular service costs will be on a par with an internal combustion engine car as the ICE version of the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle requires 12 monthly/15,000kms servicing also .

  • Where can I find a copy of the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Brochure?

    The full brochure for the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid can be dowloaded here

  • What is the warranty that comes with the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid

    THe warranty offered on the Outlander Pug-in Hybrid is an impressive 5 Year / 100,000Km comprehensive Manufacturer’s Warranty plus 5 Years Premium Roadside Assist. More information about the warranty can be found here, or the full warranty statement can be downloaded here

Tips for Driving Your Plug-In Hybrid

  • Use Economy Mode

    This mode maximizes the vehicle's fuel economy and can be activated by simply pressing the ‘ECO’ button. The economy mode limits other aspects of the vehicle's performance, such as acceleration rate and air-conditioning to save fuel.

  • Avoid Hard Braking

    Anticipate stopping and brake gently or moderately. This allows the vehicle's regenerative braking system to recover energy from the vehicle's forward motion and store it as electricity. Hard braking causes the vehicle to use its conventional friction brakes, which do not recover energy.

  • Keep the Battery Charged

    Keeping the battery charged ensures that you will use as much electricity and as little petrol as possible, saving you fuel and money. It will also help to maximize your Electric Vehicle driving range. Recharging a partially charged battery will not degrade the battery's storage capacity or make it degrade more quickly so when possible, plug in the vehicle.

  • Display Screens

    Familiarise yourself with the car’s hybrid information display so you can monitor how much energy is being used.

  • Battery Charging

    When towing keep the 'Battery Charge' button on.

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