khayyam wrote: ↑
Sun Feb 21, 2021 1:31 pm
When stalled, the car is operating in EV only mode, and once stopped I couldn't figure out how to make it switch into series hybrid mode to get the extra power required. As I understand it, we should have 120 kw electric power from the motors (MY13, 60 front + 60 back), but the peak draw from the battery is only about 60 kw and anything more needs to come from the 70 kw generator on the ICE.
You are making a common mistake: confusing Power with Torque.
What matters in this situation is only the Torque - the force applied to the wheels. Indeed the power will be very very low, but the Torque will be the maximum and it is limited by the current output of the inverter and, of course, the maximum torque of the motors.
The Outlander has quite a good electric motors, I think the most powerful of all Hybrids I know. And it cannot use any help from the engine because it doesn't have a gearbox, instead a fixed gear ratio.
And as far as I know, almost all countries have regulation for the maximum inclination on public roads, and the Outlander can overcome it even with full load. All the vehicle's manufacturers apply these specifications to their cars. And If I'm not wrong, it is usually 12% for all public roads.
If for any reason you have a driveway outside these specs, then you know.. it is outside specifications!