The Outlander PHEV is intrinsically an electric vehicle with a 45km pure electric driving range. The vehicle is very much built as an electric vehicle and aims to drive in EV mode as soon and as often as possible. It has a fully automatic operating system which includes 3 different drive modes with a systematic bias to switch to EV Mode. There are 2 hybrid modes and an EV only mode.
The PHEV battery can be charged externally to allow a drive of 45km on full Electric mode. If the battery is low the Outlander PHEV will seamlessly revert back to one of two hybrid modes, meaning you will be driving with the assistance of the petrol engine. As you drive the PHEV will also charge the battery through the engine and the regenerative braking system. This can give a combined fuel consumption rate as low as 2.0L/100km.