What Does PHEV Stand For?

September 24th, 2021 by
2022 Mitsubishi Outlander on Road

You may have heard the term PHEV over the last few years, or asked yourself what is a plug in hybrid? PHEV stands for “plug-in electric hybrid vehicle,” and they are quickly growing in popularity in the market. PHEVs are similar to traditional hybrids in that they split their power between electric and gasoline, but PHEV batteries are larger and can therefore last much longer solely on electric power. As with traditional hybrids, PHEVs are great for the environment and drastically cut down on fuel costs, making them an ideal choice for drivers who are looking to save on gas.

One of the most popular PHEVs on the market today is the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid, available right here at Bell Road Mitsubishi. This compact SUV gets outstanding electric mileage and qualifies for tax credits to let you save money while helping the environment! Read on for all the details on PHEVs, including how they work and what their specific benefits are compared to traditional vehicles.

How It Works

There are three types of vehicles that utilize electric power: traditional hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and fully electric. Traditional hybrids and PHEVs use both gasoline and electric power, while electric vehicles do away with gasoline completely. Electric vehicles are typically much pricier, so hybrids are a great compromise to lower fuel costs while paying less for your car.

With PHEVs, you use an external charger to plug in your vehicle and recharge the battery. You can usually plug your car into a charger overnight and have it fully ready by the next morning. And if the battery runs out during your ride, the vehicle automatically switches to gasoline. External chargers – like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Charging Socket – are easy to find and install, and there are often public chargers available as well if you’re in the mood for a longer road trip. Because PHEVs have larger batteries and higher performance than traditional hybrids, you can get a lot more out of the electric power before having to use the gasoline engine.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid gets electric mileage of about 24 miles per charge in the city and 31 miles on the highway. So if your Peoria commute is less than 24 miles, you can get to work and back in the Mitsubishi Outlander without having to switch to gasoline.

Advantages of PHEV

PHEVs cut down heavily on gasoline use, saving you plenty of money on fuel costs. They also have a much smaller footprint than traditional gasoline vehicles, which is better for the environment and qualifies for federal and state tax incentives. These incentives, plus the savings on gasoline, usually more than make up for the slightly higher cost of the vehicle. PHEVs also have the advantage of a larger battery compared to traditional hybrids, meaning you can take more advantage of the electric side of the car and drive further without needing to fill up on gasoline.

Explore PHEV at Bell Road Mitsubishi

If you’d like to learn more about PHEVs and the Mitsubishi Outlander, stop by our Phoenix dealership to see it in person and take it out for a test drive. You can also contact our office anytime with questions, and be sure to check out our offers and incentives if you’re ready to take one home for yourself!


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