Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s Plug-in Hybrid EV System found in the new mid-size SUV Outlander PHEV has received the “RJC Technology of the Year 2014” award by the Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference of Japan (RJC).

With the theme of driving pleasure towards a sustainable future for everyone, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said it has pushed ahead on automobile manufacturing that aims to contribute to environmental responsibility, deliver driving pleasure, and provide toughness and safety under MMC’s tagline [email protected]

The Plug-in Hybrid EV System awarded by the RJC features per MMC a high-capacity drive battery, front and rear motors, generator, and gasoline engine for generation of power as well as for driving at high speeds, featuring hybrid driving that provides a longer all-electric cruising range and is powered mainly by the motors.

The Plug-in Hybrid EV System automatically selects an optimum drive mode for driving conditions and remaining battery charge from three drive modes, EV Drive Mode, Series Hybrid Mode and Parallel Hybrid Mode.

MMC said the Plug-in Hybrid EV System was highly acclaimed by the jury for its high environmental performance, smooth acceleration, as well as quietness of a luxury vehicle.

In order to achieve sustainable driving, MMC explained it continues to proactively introduce electric-powered vehicles including EVs and PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) into the market aiming to become a leading company in electric-powered vehicle technologies while contributing towards environmental conservation by reducing CO2 emission at the global level.