The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the UK’s most popular plug-in vehicle, with the SUV racking up more than 34,000 sales since going on sale in 2013. Accounting for a third of the UK’s electric vehicle market, the Outlander PHEV offers a good electric range and efficient drivetrain, especially considering the Mitsubishi’s size and weight. Mitsubishi also regularly updates the Outlander PHEV to improve efficiency, equipment levels, and its design.
Official NEDC Range
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Electric only33 miles
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Electric only26 miles
* Combined range using both petrol and electric (from a single full charge)
Next Green Car verdict: “The Outlander PHEV remains one of the best around. There isn’t anything else in the Mitsubishi’s price bracket that offers the same mix of low running costs and practicality”
How to charge a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV uses two charging standards for its inlets – Type 1 and CHAdeMO. The Type 1 inlet is used when charging at home or at public slow and fast AC points. The CHAdeMO inlet is used to carry high power DC charging from a CHAdeMO connector. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s inlets are found on the off-side rear 3/4 panel where you would expect to find a petrol flap.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is able to be slow and fast charged from public points, depending on network and type of charge unit. In most cases, slow charging requires a 3-pin-to-Type 1 cable, and fast charging a Type 2-to-Type 1 cable, both of which are usually supplied with the vehicle. When using rapid chargers, the CHAdeMO connector required is tethered to the charging unit.
|Type 1 – Slow & Fast||CHAdeMO – Rapid|
Charging on AC or DC requires the EV driver to plug the connectors into the correct inlet, after which the car then ‘talks’ to the charging unit to make sure there is a power supply, that there are no faults, and that it is safe to start charging. If charging at private home or workplace charge point, the vehicle then automatically starts charging.
On a public charger, an activation process is required to initiate charging. Depending on the network provider, this may require the use of an RFID card or smartphone app, often linked to an account which has been set up beforehand. Contactless pay-as-you-go units are also becoming more common on newer units. Once activated, the units will conduct further connection and account checks before starting to charge the vehicle.
How long does it take to charge a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV?
The following table shows approximate times to charge a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Times are for a 100% charge for all but rapid charging, which is quoted for 0-80% as most rapid chargers reduce or cut power well before 100% charge to protect the battery and maximise efficiency.
Note that the times shown are only a guide, as very rarely will an EV need to be fully charged from 0%. Other factors that might vary the charging time include ambient temperature, in-vehicle energy loads, any upper and lower charge restrictions to extend battery life and protect against potential damage, and charging rates slowing down as the maximum charge is reached.
|Rapid 50kW||Fast 22kW||Fast 7kW||Slow 3kW||25 mins 0-80%||3.5 hours 0-100%||3.5 hours 0-100%||5 hours 0-100%|
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is fitted with a 3.7 kW on-board charger for Type 1 AC charging, in addition to rapid DC capability. This means that even when connected to a fast charger with a rated output above 3.7 kW, the Outlander PHEV will only be able to charge at 3.7 kW. DC charging from a rapid unit is available, though at a limit of 22 kW, rather than the charge point’s usual 50 kW DC maximum.
Use Zap-Map’s Home Charging Calculator to estimate charging times for a Outlander PHEV. The level of battery charge, connector speed, and on-board charger options can be tailored to your requirements for more accurate results.
How much does it cost to charge a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV?
The table shown below shows estimates of the cost to charge the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s 12 kWh battery at home (on a domestic tariff) or using a rapid charge point. Cost estimates are dependent on the charge remaining, usable battery capacity, and age of battery pack. Cost per mile is calculated using an estimate of real-world range.
|Type||Cost/kWh||Cost to charge||Cost per mile||Home||14 p/kWh||£1.70||6.5 p/mile||Public Rapid||30 p/kWh||£3.60||13.8 p/mile|
Based on these figures, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s fuel costs in electric mode are 6-11 p/mile based on real-world energy usage, the cost depending on the type of charging. In general, home charging provides the cheapest per mile cost and public rapid charging tends to be around double the cost. These fuel costs compare favourably with 12-15 p/mile for conventional petrol and diesel cars.
To find the cost and times to charge an EV on a public charge point, Zap-Map’s Public Charging Calculator calculates charging costs for any new or used plug-in vehicle. The results can be personalised for different electricity costs and the level of charge required.
Charging a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at home
Charging at home is often the most convenient and cost effective way to recharge an EV. Government grants are available for the installation of home EV charge points, and a large number of companies offer a fully installed charge point for a fixed price.
Most home chargers are either rated at 3 kW or 7 kW. The higher powered wall-mounted units normally cost more than the slower 3 kW option, but halve the time required to fully charge an EV. Many plug-in car manufacturers have deals or partnerships with charge point suppliers, and in some cases provide a free home charge point as part of a new car purchase. Zap-Map recommends shopping about beforehand as there are a number of suitable products on the market.
Charging a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV on public networks
The UK has a large number of public EV charging networks, with some offering national coverage and others only found in a specific region. The major UK-wide networks include BP Chargemaster (Polar), Ecotricity, Pod Point, and Charge Your Car.
Payment and access methods across networks vary, with some networks providing an RFID card and others a smartphone app to use their services. While most require an account to be set up before use, some rapid units with contactless PAYG card readers are starting to be installed.
Although many EV charge points are free to use, the majority of fast and rapid chargers require payment. Charging tariffs tend to comprise a flat connection fee, a cost per charging time (pence per hour) and/or a cost per energy consumed (pence per kWh). For more information about network tariffs, visit Zap-Map’s public charge point networks guides.