Electric vehicles are getting a lot of press these days, and rightly so. With the issue of global warming becoming more and more significant with each super typhoon and earthquake that occur, carmakers are racing to develop cars that won\'t be a burden to our planet\'s natural resources. EVs, these car companies believe, are the most practical solution for the short-term future. And they\'re here now--here being the Philippines.
This weekend, on November 28 and 29, the Electric Vehicle Alliance (EVA) will stage the third \"Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit\" at the Meralco Multipurpose Hall inside the Meralco Compound on Ortigas Avenue in Pasig City. EVA is made up of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines, Meralco, Clean Air Initiative Asia, and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities.
Now, if you\'re thinking an expo featuring electric cars lacks the excitement commonly associated with regular motor shows, you\'d be totally wrong, because there will be some pretty cool cars at this EV Summit. One of them is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle). Mitsubishi Motors Philippines has confirmed that it is displaying \"the world\'s first plug-in hybrid SUV\" that was first unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
According to MMPC, the Outlander PHEV \"uses Mitsubishi Motors Corporation\'s own plug-in hybrid EV system powertrain derived from a 100% electric system used on the i-MiEV model, and combines together proven EV and environmental technologies including the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control system.\"
Using just electric power, the Outlander PHEV is said to have a cruising range of 60km. With its internal-combustion engine also functioning, this SUV is purported to have a mileage of 897km on a single full tank of fuel. It goes without saying it will change the way you think of sport-utility vehicles being natural gas-guzzlers.
Employing regenerative braking, the Outlander PHEV can reportedly achieve as much as 67km per liter. This car would be awesome even if that figure were only 75% accurate.
Fully charging the high-capacity 12kWh lithium-ion battery is said to take about 4.5 hours, with an option for a 30-minute quick charge that restores 80% of the battery\'s power.
There is no word yet as to whether MMPC will ultimately sell this vehicle in our market, but if there\'s some serious clamor at the EV Summit, who knows?
UPDATE: The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines has just announced the postponement of the 3rd Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit scheduled for this week. Read the details here.