Drive More with Electricity Than Gas with the Outlander PHEV
PHEVs like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV are really great “green” vehicles because drivers have the option to be powered by electricity, gas or a combination of both. The Outlander PHEV can travel up to 22 miles on electricity, so a lot of drivers have the possibility to complete their daily commute without using any gas, and that also means not emitting any greenhouse gases. If you have a PHEV or are considering getting one and you want to use electricity as much as possible, here are a couple ways to get the most out of your battery.
Traffic decreases battery life, so even when you know where you’re going (daily commute or routine errands) use a GPS app that accounts for traffic. If there is traffic on the route, the app will be able to show you alternate ways to avoid traffic.
Plan Out Your Stops
Drivers that plan out the stops they need to make when running errands can get a lot more out of their battery.
Recharge on the Go
If you want to drive on electricity as much as possible, you should charge up at every opportunity. It’s easy for drivers that aren’t used to driving a vehicle with a battery to forget to plug their vehicle in when they can, but since opportunities to recharge are more limited than opportunities to fill up gas, it’s a good habit to develop.
Avoid Maxing Out
It’s best to avoid keeping a car battery 100% charged and to avoid letting a battery going completely dead. The best practice is to keep a battery somewhere between 15-90% full. Most PHEVs, including the Outlander PHEV, allow owners to set how much they want their battery to be charged when they plug it in.
Park in the Shade
Some EVs and PHEVs have a thermal management system that keeps the battery from getting too hot or too cold and the system works when the vehicle is on and when it is not on. To keep those systems from using up a lot of electricity to keep the battery cool on a hot and sunny day, park in the shade.
Want to see if a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV would be a good option for your next vehicle? Come by University Mitsubishi to take one for a test drive. We have the Outlander PHEV and the non-PHEV Outlander, so you can test drive both of them to see which is a better fit for you.