For the first time, the Passat will also be offered with a plug-in hybrid drive: 115 kW (154 hp) TSI gasoline engine plus 80 kW electric motor and externally chargeable battery). With a system power output of 155 kW / 211 PS (208 hp) it will be Volkswagen’s most powerful plug-in hybrid and features an all-electric range of 50 km (31 miles).
Just picked up the Outlander PHEV from King’s Mitsubishi in Ballarat where our Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV had it’s first service. The first service/inspection is due at (1500km) and is free! We had no glitches to report when dropping off the vehicle and everything checked out perfectly their end! Most impressed. The next service is due at 15,000km or 12 months from vehicle registration date. I much prefer the 12 monthly service intervals of Mitsubishi compared to the 6 monthly services of Nissan. The service at Kings was great and the people their were very warm and friendly… and they even washed the car!! How good is that.
I have to admit to being more than a little perplexed by the Outlander PHEV’s recent petrol engine startups. For no apparent reason, or so I thought, the petrol engine would start up and run consistently for a few minutes while driving and then shut off returning me back to full EV mode. The perplexing thing was that it appeared to be random and interestingly would only happen late at night, and often around midnight when I was picking my son up from work. I initially surmised that the petrol engine may have needed to cycle itself once a month or something similar but I now believe that is not the case and may now have the answer… Cold temperatures!! Our daytime Winter temperatures have been around 9-12C, not cold enough to provoke the phenomena, but late at night it has been dropping to a lot lower, around 6 degrees celcius and around 7C seems to be the switching point for the engine startups. The mysterious start-ups have always appeared to be directly connected to the vehicle’s heating system. I could get the petrol engine to shut off while driving by turning off the heating/demisting system but the petrol engine would persistently restart and then shut itself off when it was ready. So what was happening? Ok, so here’s what I think. Once the temperature drops to below 7 degrees the petrol engine needs to start up to provide heating for the climate control system and to bring itself to a comfortable operating temperature presumably to protect itself from constant cold stop/starting. It only takes a few minutes to warm the engine up but once it’s warm the cabin is also nice and comfortable and the petrol engine shuts off and goes back into hibernation mode. My constantly interrupting the process by turning off the climate system probably wasn’t helping things :0 From now on I’m just going to let the Outlander PHEV do it’s thing and warm up the vehicle, turns out PHEV knows best :) Oh and I like the little warning the PHEV gives when the temperature drops to 3C, knowing I have constant all wheel electric drive in these conditions is very comforting.
Nissan announces replacement Battery Pack pricing for the LEAF - $5,500 for a 2015 spec battery pack
From Autobloggreen - Nissan’s Brian Brockman, writing at My Nissan Leaf, announced that Nissan Leaf replacement batteries are now available to purchase at certified Leaf dealers in the US at a suggested retail price of $5,499. These packs are the ones found in 2015 Leaf models, which are similar to the ones the Leaf has always had, just with a different, better battery chemistry. To buy a new pack, you need to give Nissan your original battery pack (which Nissan says will be recycled and has a value of $1,000) and the $5,500 “does not include tax, installation fees or an installation kit required for 2011 and 2012 vehicles.” That kit costs around $225. A $100/month financing program will still be available (details will be made available later) but now it will have an end date and the driver will own the pack at the end of the payment process. All replacement packs will have the same eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty as the battery in a new Leaf. You can read Brockman’s full statement below or over on My Nissan Leaf.
Great news for LEAF owners!
New tyres from Continental specifically designed for electric and hybrid vehicles. Tyres offer 20% better rolling resistance with much improved aerodynamics and road noise.
Hi there, i live in scotland and im picking up my outlander on friday :) After doing some research i remember reading that the car will just kick in the engine for a few minutes to keep the engine healthy this would be to cover the components with oil and probably do some sort of self diagnostics. This is probably what you were thinking anyways.
Excellent! Thanks for the response Acowan84, great to get some confirmation and also to hear from someone in Scotland! Enjoy your new Outlander :)
So I’m at the service station to fill up our Outlander PHEV for the first time and I realise that I don’t know how to open the fuel filler! I’m sure this was demonstrated to me ages ago when we first picked up the car but I can’t remember or seem to work it out. The EV side is easy, we do that all the time but neither of us have ever had to put fuel in the Outlander. We’ve travelled 1400 odd kilometres on the original tank of fuel that came with the car and the fuel gauge is still showing a third full! We don’t really need to put fuel in but with the Iraq situation I’m thinking it might be wise to top it up before prices go spiralling upwards. I’m pressing the hatch in expecting it to pop open as it does on the electric side but nothing is happening, I look back inside the cabin, can’t spot a fuel release lever, I go back, make sure the car is unlocked and try pushing the hatch in again… nothing. I’m starting to feel like a bit of a twit when I go back to the cabin for one more look. It’s a dark full winters day and the rain is coming in sideways (well that’s my excuse) and feel around on the floor for some sort of lever or latch, bingo! The fuel release lever is an unmarked black plastic affair which resembles a structural component attached to the floor, completely black, no markings. I try pulling it up and the hatch pops open! I fill the car right up past more than a few clicks and the grand total comes to $44. Not bad, not bad at all.
More observations: The weather is cold, wet and miserable right now in Ballarat, a typical Ballarat winter and I’ve noticed a few interesting things with the PHEV. I initially thought that my night time range was being adversely affected by the headlights being on, but now I’m not so sure, I think the real culprit might be the climate control system. The windows have been fogging up and I’ve been using the demister with the AC on to rapidly clear the screen, works perfectly but it may be the reason the battery is draining so quickly at night. Now you’ve got to remember it’s cold, wet and completely miserable so I’ve got the headlights on, the auto wipers are going consistently, the rear wiper is on, the rear demister is on and the AC is also running in conjuction with the heating and windscreen demister, a fair load on the system. Oh and the radio is on too :) But the most curious thing is the petrol engine starting up and running even when I have a near full battery in these conditions. I can get it to stop by turning off the climate control system and the petrol engine doesn’t necessarily restart when I turn the demister back on. I’m not quite sure what the connection is there, maybe someone can explain? Even more curious was the petrol engine starting up and running for no apparent reason the other night. The battery was over half full, I turned off the climate system but the petrol engine kept running. It did this for about 5 minutes then went back to sleep and didn’t start up again. I’m thinking this might be one of two things… [A] the petrol engine needs to cycle itself once a month to prevent things clogging up or [B] we aren’t doing any long trips and the 12v battery may need charging through the alternator system. Not sure how all that works, again if anybody knows let me know!
To sum up, we are still delighted with our Outlander PHEV purchase and as you can see from the above screen it is now due for it’s first 1500km service. Will let you know how all that goes!
Hi, I just ordered an Outlander Phev. Do you know of any 3rd party Spare Tire mount that attaches to the tow bar. I thought I found one, but now suppect it will not fit. Thanks
Congrats Emeraldgreen! Re Spare tire mounts, haven’t considered that option but I did come across this site which may be of value. http://www.tiregate.com/hg-series/ I did a search on Hitch Mount Spare Tire Carrier. They may have a reseller here.
Thanks for the question EmeraldGreen! I’ve had to paraphrase your question as TUMBLR deleted your message after I responded, I’m just not sure where tumblr responded my reply to? I did a quick search on Hitch Mount Spare Tire Carriers and this site seemed to have a good range of options http://www.tiregate.com/hg-series/ Might be a good place to start. Their Australian reseller is http://www.4wdworld.com.au/edspage.php
Hope that helps!
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV a hit in the UK! Click pic for article
Harley Davidson’s first Electric Motorcycle is all kinds of awesome! Project Livewire.
We’ve now travelled 1258km on the original tank of fuel that came with the car! The PHEV is turning out to be a very easy car to drive around town without using any fuel. We could go on like this all year if we didn’t do any trips. I estimate we’ve used approximately 25 litres of fuel, which equates to 1.99L/100km, pretty much inline with Mitsubishi’s own figures. Good to know! With the impending rise in fuel prices it might be a good time to top it up now, just in case! :)
Watch the new Volkswagen E being assembled. Nice looking car.