With a target for electric-based vehicles (EVs and PHEVs) to represent 20% of its production by 2020, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation aims implicitly to making these EV-based vehicles as mainstream as can be.
Such was one of the primary motives behind the development of Mitsubishi Motors’ proprietary plug-in hybrid electric technology – first fitted to the new Outlander PHEV – with its benefits in terms of charging abilities and driving range.
In 2011, the 100% electric i-MiEV went through the Euro NCAP crash test with flying colours. Today, Outlander PHEV is awarded 5-stars with an excellent level of protection of the under-floor battery pack and components of the high voltage electric system, unaffected by this crash test:
- Adult Occupant Protection: 88%
- Child Occupant Protection: 84%
- Pedestrian Protection: 64%
- Safety Assist: 81%
Furthermore, Outlander’s advanced “Front Collision Mitigation” system, recently tested by Euro NCAP, is similarly acknowledged for the PHEV version.
Outlander PHEV has just starting its commercial career in Europe with 12,000 orders received as of Nov. 18th, 2013. In the Netherlands, its launch market, the current order rate is of 100 units per week and growing.
Outlander PHEV – Passive Safety Digest
- Reinforced underbody construction coupled with an additional four-member battery frame directly connected with the chassis, strengthen the entire body and improve collision protection.
- New sealed drive battery pack construction to allow the watertight battery pack meets tough SUV driving standards.
- Metal battery pack tray made of rigid sheet metal associated to a solid frame-weld construction to increase the durability of the battery pack while also sufficiently blocking electromagnetic waves.
- Protective battery-pack tray under-coating to help protecting the battery from flying rocks and other road debris.