The Mitsubishi Outlander being NCAP crash tested
With a target for electric-based vehicles, both pure electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV), to represent 20% of its production by 2020, Mitsubishi Motors aims implicitly to make these vehicle technologies as mainstream as possible.
Such was one of the primary reasons behind the development of Mitsubishi Motors’ proprietary plug-in hybrid electric technology, which has found its first home as the powertrain for the new Outlander PHEV. The Outlander PHEV has benefits in terms of charging abilities and driving range.
In 2011, the 100% electric i-MiEV went through the Euro NCAP crash test with flying colours. More than two years on, the Outlander PHEV has been awarded 5-stars in the European safety tests. The tests revealed an excellent level of protection of the under-floor battery pack and components of the high voltage electric system, unaffected by this crash test.
Some of the results were as follows:
* Adult Occupant Protection: 88%
* Child Occupant Protection: 84%
* Pedestrian Protection: 64%
* Safety Assist: 81%
Furthermore, the Outlander’s advanced “Front Collision Mitigation” system, recently tested by Euro NCAP, is similarly acknowledged for the PHEV version. Reinforced underbody construction coupled with an additional four-member battery frame directly connected with the chassis, strengthen the entire body and improve collision protection.
A new sealed drive battery pack construction allows the watertight battery pack to meet tough SUV driving standards. The battery pack tray is made of rigid sheet metal bonded to a solid frame construction to increase the durability of the battery pack while also sufficiently blocking electromagnetic waves.
A protective battery-pack tray under-coating has been applied to help protecting the battery from flying rocks and other road debris. With the recent news of the Tesla Model S catching fire in the US due to debris interfering with the battery pack, battery protection from the below is an important safety issue.
Outlander PHEV has just starting its commercial career in Europe with 12,000 orders received as of November 18th, 2013. In the Netherlands, its launch market, the current order rate is of 100 units per week and growing.