Mitsubishi Motors has continually focused on technologies to better control valve timing and amount of lift – all in the name of achieving high power output, low fuel consumption, and low exhaust emissions. First used in 1992 in the Mirage, the MIVEC engine has since tremendously improved with added enhancements and now produces even better performance. In 2005, Mitsubishi Motors adopted a mechanism in the Outlander that continuously and optimally controls the intake and exhaust valve timing.
The all-new MIVEC engine not just performs better, but is also environmentally friendly. Besides reduces pumping losses, and improving fuel efficiency by variating different valve movements, the MIVEC engine improves fuel consumption and combustion stability through optimisation of various structures in the internal combustion system. The all-new MIVEC engine also adopts a simple SOHC structure, yet retains equal engine performance to the previous MIVEC engine.
The Plug-in Hybrid EV System provides energy conservation and driving that is comfortable, safe and reliable. When driving at medium-to low-speeds, the system stays in EV Mode, and drives the vehicle using electricity from the drive battery. When the drive battery gets low on energy, the system switches to Series Hybrid Mode where its gasoline engine automatically starts and generates power for the electric motors.
When driving at high speeds, the system switches to Parallel Hybrid Mode which uses the power of the gasoline engine to drive the vehicle with more efficiency than its electric motors.
The Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid EV System switches to the Regenerative Mode when decelerating to recharge the drive battery. The system controls the driving modes and provides the versatility to drive as a 100% electric vehicle, use the engine to charge the drive battery, or drive using the motors and the engine at the same time.