Hi - I also have an Outlander PHEV - you can on one of the options make the engine charge the batteries - you would use this as an example on a motorway so that you can use the battery charge when you do town driving where the battery would be benificial for MPG - but cant say i use it that wayThanks for the info, it looks like you car works the same as a Toyota. One weird feature the Toyota Prius PHV has is that you can tell the engine to act as a generator to specifically re-charge the battery back up so you can gain some more EV range. Not quite sure why you would want to though.
Have a look around the settings menu on the screen, on my Outlander there was a setting to turn the auto locking on or off, so you might actually have this, but it's just set to off.Hi Kev, you can switch it between the two and various combo's...but when the battery get low or if you accelerate hard the petrol engine kicks in automatically. To be honest, at speeds over about 30 MPH I struggle to hear it. On a very long run it delivers about 40 MPG. Mine is the HS version which also has many of the MG's toys.
One thing the PHEV doesn't have...is automatic door locking.....which I think is essential, after once having a drugged up Dick Head jumping into my front passenger seat...as I slowed down to miss him as he was weaving around the edge/road. A horrible incident which I was lucky to get out of unscathed!
I had an Outlander PHEV for a bit more than a year and enjoyed the electric experience so much that I resented putting fossil fuel into it and couldn’t wait to switch to full EV. Ordered the ZS Exclusive at the end of last year and it was due mid March but lockdown put paid to that. Finally got it at the start of a June and love every minute of it (especially after the C2 upgrade). Going on our first long(ish) trip this weekend and looking forward to the full experience including a charging stop!I wonder how may people first tried a PHV ( like myself) prior to taking the EV plunge?