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Plug-In Hybrid Cars

Not all hybrids are created equal

The Outlander PHEV is the most capable plug-in hybrid ever created. Become an instant expert with our quick guide to hybrid and plug-in technology.

The Series Parallel Hybrid: The best of all worlds

Hybrids come in many shapes and sizes and their capabilities are every bit as varied.

The Outlander PHEV is a High-Range Series Parallel Hybrid, one of only a handful, and even though it’s the largest vehicle in its class it can travel farther than any other PHEV model.

Series Hybrids

An electric motor is always used to power the wheels. A traditional engine is used as a generator to extend the range by charging the battery that powers the electric motor.

While fine for short low speed journeys, Series hybrids often struggle to produce enough power to maintain high speeds or tackle steep inclines when in extended mode.

Models include: BMW i3.

High-Range Series Parallel Hybrids

Series Parallel Hybrids provide the best balance of electric efficiency and long range practicality, able to power the wheels using either the traction battery or internal combustion engine.

Only a handful of these cars exist and the Outlander PHEV is both the largest and most efficient of them with an EV range of 33 miles.

Models include: Outlander PHEV, Volvo V60, Audi A3.

Mid-Range Series Parallel Hybrids

Mid-range series parallel hybrids have an EV range of between 20-30 miles.

Models include: BMW3 Series, Volvo XC90.

Low-Range Series Parallel Hybrids

Low-range series parallel hybrids can do less than 20 miles on EV and most do not qualify for the Government Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG)

Models include: Toyota Prius Plug-In, Mercedes C-Class.

Parallel Hybrids

Principally powered by an internal combustion engine and lacking the ability to ‘plug-in’. The battery powered electric motor is primarily used for additional power and acceleration and is charged directly from the combustion engine.

The original hybrid power design, this is an ageing technology that is less efficient and typically only offers pure electric drive at speeds of up to 10mph. They have small batteries, so pure EV range is 2-3 miles at best.

Models include: Toyota Auris, Honda Jazz.

Outlander PHEV Key Figures

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Over 500 mile range

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166* miles per gallon

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Up to 33 miles EV range

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Ultra low CO2 41g/km

*Official EU MPG test figure shown as a guide for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results. For more information on how the MPG is calculated visit our PHEV FAQ page.

Two Powerful Electric Motors

Most hybrids only have a single electric motor, forcing the car to shift back to its internal combustion engine as soon as the driving conditions become demanding (such as travelling up hill or overtaking).

The Outlander PHEV is equipped with two powerful electric motors enabling it to travel faster and work harder than any other hybrid while still using ultra green electric power.

Explore Outlander PHEV technology
Outlander PHEV twin electric motors

Go farther with EV and hybrid drive modes

Many low and mid range hybrids do much of their actual driving on their internal combustion engine rather than EV power.

The Outlander PHEV is different. Designed to be EV first, the Outlander PHEV switches seemlessly between three drive modes to get the most efficient performance from its twin electric motors and high efficiency petrol engine.

Learn more about Drive Modes

Regenerative Braking

Regenerative braking is an energy saving feature unique to hybrid vehicles where braking helps recharge the drive battery.

While most hybrids simply apply the regenerative braking automatically in the background, the Outlander PHEV integrates it fully into the driving experience. Shift-paddles behind the steering wheel allow the driver to fine tune the amount of regenerative braking on the fly in a way that an automatic system cannot, achieving better fuel efficiency and maximising EV charge potential.

Fully Capable 4x4

A combination of the internal combustion engine and the twin electric motors make the Outlander PHEV the most capable 4x4 hybrid available. The two motors supply instant torque to all four wheels and the Outlander PHEV can even be driven in 4WD mode purely using electric power.

As the only PHEV with Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC), the Outlander PHEV offers improved performance, safety and handling with power independently distributed to each wheel.

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