Mitsubishi Motors has completed another stage of testing during the development of Outlander PHEV, this time letting the vehicle experience cold weather in Russia for two months. The testing was part of the goal to make the Outlander PHEV a truly global vehicle that could thrive in all possible driving conditions in all regions in the world.
Prior to the Russia testing, the Outlander PHEV already went hot weather testing in the United States and cold weather assessment in Canada. Three test cars accumulated over 30,000 km during over eight weeks of testing in Russian cities of Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Tolyatti, where they were subjected to a very low temperature of below -30° C and snow-covered road surfaces.
Despite the harsh weather, the Outlander still managed to eke out a good performance, with no issues for the charging system. Mitsubishi’s engineering team has already subjected the Outlander PHEV to places where conventional EVs thrive, testing the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle on various road surfaces.
Its robust construction as well as its Twin Motor 4-wheel drive and “Super-All Wheel Control” (S-AWC) systems managed to withstand all tests in Russia, which means that the Outlander PHEV is all ready to tackle the Russian geography and weather with ease.
Andrey Pankov, chief executive of MMC Rus, which is Mitsubishi’s official distributor in Russia remarked that the Outlander PHEV was made to face in the most unpredictable weather conditions in Russia to test its real-life “driveability” in various, and most demanding, weather conditions.
He remarked that unlike city cars that are engineered exclusively for the city, the Outlander PHEV meets the expectations of their customer base opting for SUV. Mitsubishi will commence selling the Outlander PHEV in Russia from the 2014 Moscow Motor Show at end of August. [source: Mitsubishi]