Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced that its Plug-in Hybrid EV System, an electric vehicle (EV) technology in the new mid-size SUV Outlander PHEV has been awarded the “RJC Technology of the Year 2014” by Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference of Japan (RJC).
With the theme of driving pleasure towards a sustainable future for everyone, MMC has pushed ahead on automobile manufacturing that aims to contribute to environmental responsibility, deliver driving pleasure, and provide toughness and safety under MMC’s tagline Drive@earth.
The Plug-in Hybrid EV System features a high-capacity drive battery, front and rear motors, generator, and gasoline engine for generation of power as well as for driving at high speeds, featuring hybrid driving that provides a longer all-electric cruising range and is powered mainly by the motors.
The Plug-in Hybrid EV System automatically selects an optimum drive mode for 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 environmental performance, smooth acceleration, as well as quietness of a luxury vehicle.
In order to achieve sustainable driving, MMC continues to proactively introduce electric-powered vehicles including EVs and PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) into the market aiming to become a leading company in electric-powered vehicle technologies while contributing towards environmental conservation by reducing CO2 emission at the global level.