There is only one way to know if a vehicle is ready for the coldest weather: spend time in it in Russia and Canada (or some other frigid climate).
And that is what Mitsubishi did with its Outlander PHEV.
Meant to be a global car and therefore, to meet all possible driving conditions in all regions, Mitsubishi declared its Outlander PHEV went through various stages of testing during development, including hot weather in USA as well as cold weather in Canada.
Mitsubishi Motors’ engineers said they finalized the cold part of weather testing with the completion of a two-month specific cold weather test in Russia, prior to the forthcoming introduction of the car in this market.
Cumulating more than 30,000 kilometers (18,641 miles) over 8 weeks of evaluation in Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Tolyatti, Mitsubishi said the three test cars experienced a combination of very low temperature (below -30° C, or -22° F) with snow covered road surfaces, unknown in other cold climate regions where the Outlander PHEV is already retailed.
All in all, the car performed very well and with no concern for the charging system, per Mitsubishi. Furthermore, taking this plug-in hybrid electric vehicle beyond the usual (i.e.urban) habitat of conventional electric cars, the engineering team underwent a series of tests on different road surfaces, from broken pavement to flooded areas. The robust construction of the car as well as its Twin Motor 4-wheel drive and “Super-All Wheel Control” (“S-AWC”) systems withstood all tests, demonstrating according to the carmaker the Outlander PHEV’s readiness for operation in Russia.
Concluding the test, Andrey Pankov, CEO of MMC Rus, Mitsubishi Motors’ official Distributor in Russia, commented:
“Together with MMC, we deliberately chose to test the car over two months of the most unpredictable weather conditions with frost, thaw… in order to test the real-life driveability of this plug-in hybrid electric car in various, and most demanding, weather conditions,” said Andrey Pankov, CEO of MMC Rus, Mitsubishi Motors’ official Distributor in Russia. “Unlike city cars, engineered exclusively for the city, the Outlander PHEV is an electric car that meets the expectations of one of the most stable and fastest growing groups of our customer base opting for SUV. I am sure that this ‘breakthrough’ vehicle will take its place in our line-up and will be as popular in Russia as it is amongst European customers.”
Sales of the Outlander PHEV in Russia are expected the start with the 2014 Moscow Motor Show, held at the end of August.