ThudnBlundr wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:12 am
The engine does sound a bit frantic at high load/low mph. I remember being a bit worried the first time I climbed a long, steep hill with the engine seemingly thrashing away, especially as I also got the smell of burning rubber at the top.
I had to check that it was meant to do that, and found that the rubber smell was common.
Just be aware that the PHEV battery is relatively small, so high power means a high 'C' - the ratio of power (kw) to battery size (kWh). 50kW from the PHEV is around 4C (depending on model), whereas the same power from a 50kWh ZOE is 1C. Sustained high 'C' power (either draw or charge) is widely believed to cause degradation in Lithium batteries, so I try to avoid it. But that means I do have to put up with the ICE revving away instead...
I will answer the best I can,
The PHEV was new in June, a few week later with about 300 miles on the clock we went on holiday towing our caravan, we arrived at the M6 toll road booths, as we left the booths there is steep incline like you the engine revved up and a strong smell of burning rubber, so we switched off the charge mode so basically D the PHEV switched itself to battery mode and pulled away cleanly. This has also been highlighted by the Caravan Club and all the caravan towing test the week point of the Outlander PHEV is towing away from a standing start or low speed especially on inclines, so when pulling away from very low speed or a standing start when towing I switch off the charge mode and use D mode and let the computer sort it out, I ease the accelerator so to date the ICE has not fire up as well. On the motorway in Charge mode the motor happily runs at less than 5 kWh on an steep incline on the the rear motor power up according to the display in blue, so I am assuming it is the battery.
When Not towing none off the above applies an D the PHEV is quite happy regardless in any mode.
From what I have read on the forum only use charge mode above 40mph for maximum efficiency.
In D mode with a good charge in the batteries, if I floor the accelerator, the ICE kicks in a the PHEV accelerates very quickly.
Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 PHEV Design 2020 Towing a Swift Conqueror 480 2016 1500kg
Please be patient I suffered a brain injury several years ago and get confused at times