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2018 Hyundai Sonata Milwaukee

What’s New in the 2018 Hyundai Sonata?

Making its North American debut at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata will soon be available. Boasting a redesign that makes the new Sonata sleeker and more stylish than ever, the 2018 Sonata has many new features that drivers will be sure to enjoy. Let’s take a closer look at what’s new in the 2018 Hyundai Sonata.

Features and Specs of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata now offers drivers LED daytime running lights to complement the new body design. The new lights will brighten the driving path when it gets dark to further make sure you’re safe out on the road.

The 2018 Sonata has also had improvements made to its handling. Hyundai engineers were able to increase the stiffness of the torsion bar by 12 percent and improved the steering calibration to allow drivers to have a stronger steering response. Along with the improved steering, the new Hyundai sedan will be equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and 8-speed automatic transmission. The new engine will be able to generate 245 horsepower.

Rear view of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata
New LED lights in the 2018 Hyundai Sonata
Steering wheel and touchscreen display in 2018 Hyundai Sonata

Read more: Color options for the 2017 Hyundai Sonata.

The new Sonata will also come standard with a 7-inch touchscreen display. The Sonata offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and drivers will be able to charge their smartphones on the go with the available Qi wireless charging pad. The infotainment system can also be used for navigation, and it offers other features such as a bird’s eye view, traffic flow and incident data.

“It’s all about making an impact. We wanted to deliver an exciting expressive car to our customers and show the world how passionate Hyundai is about design and craftsmanship. The objective was to make an impact, this design provides the visual excitement and unique identity our customers associate with Sonata.”

– Chris Chapman, chief designer, Hyundai North American Design Center

For more information regarding what’s new in the 2018 Hyundai Sonata, be sure to follow our blog. Feel free to also contact us at John Amato Hyundai to see more of the upcoming releases

Best New SUV under $20,000

Autobytel released its awards for the best SUV’s to buy priced under $20,000  The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport made the top 3 on the list.

The Outlander Sport has been described as an example of style and affordability.

According to Mitsubishi, standard safety features on the new Outlander include Active Stability Control with Traction Control Logic, Tire Pressure Monitoring, anti-lock brakes, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, and Brake Assist. The Outlander Top Safety Pick+ award also demonstrates the new model can withstand crashes from every direction.

“Since its redesign in 2014, the Mitsubishi Outlander with available Forward Collision Mitigation has been an IIHS Top Safety Pick+,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA. “With over 100 improvements from the previous model year, the 2016 Outlander truly serves as an ambassador for the brand’s dedication to superior safety and reliability.”

Available safety options included Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control, among other active features. Mitsubishi has also recently developed an SEL Advanced Safety Package to make these upgrades available at all trims, not just upper-level models.

Schedule your time to come into John Amato Mitsubishi and test drive the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport today. www.milwaukeemitsubishi.com

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Reliable Vehicle at Right Price

Mitsubishi enters the subcompact car market with the 2017 Mirage. The Mirage comes in 3 major trims – ES, SE, and GT. The ES includes features like Hill Start Assist (for that one hill in South Miami), keyless entry, and power windows and doors for $12,995.. The SE brings in a 6.5” display, rear view camera, and passive entry system with push button start for $14,795. Both the ES and SE come manual standard but can be upgraded to automatic for an extra $1 – $2k. The GT brings in heated seats, 15-inch alloy wheels, and a chrome contrast instrument cluster for $16,495. The Mirage gets up to 37 city/43 highway.

Whether you pick the ES, SE, or GT your mirage is coming with a 78 horsepower 1.2L engine that take you from 0-60 in just over 8 seconds. The sub-100 horses leave something to be desired when accelerating into a merge but it was rare to feel left behind at a stop light.
Rush hour was easy enough to work through because the car itself easier to merge, feels more like a Go-Kart than a huge SUV tank, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make the phone integration that much easier.

It was also a big plus to see features like the passive keyless entry system, bluetooth, push-button start, and a 6-way adjustable drivers seat in a car starting around $13,000. The Mirage also comes with a host of safety features like Hill Start Assist, Anti-Lock Brakes, Active Stability Control, Tire Pressure Monitoring, 7 airbags, and a child restraint system.

I’m personally a fan of smaller cars. They take up less space, have better MPG, insurance costs less, and are easier to maneuver in small roads, parking garages, and driveways. The Mitsubishi Mirage hits all those marks really well and feels on par with a Honda Fit, Nissan Versa and Chevy Spark in terms driveability in downtown and rush hour traffic.

The rear view camera makes an already easy to drive car that much more maneuverable. We actually managed to execute an Austin Power style 3 point turn inside a South Miami alleyway And there’s no better feeling than squeezing into that one last parking spot in front of Big Cheese or on South Beach.

The trunk and backseat fits three grocery bags and the occasional ikea run. We even managed to fit a few chairs off the Pinecrest Marketplace with the Mirage’s split folding rear seats.

Overall the Mirage is a take it or leave it type of vehicle. Buyers will have limited options in terms of available upgrades, engine size, and overall capability. You won’t be towing around a trailer, moving your friends stuff, or going off-road. But honestly, if you were you wouldn’t be looking at this car in the first place.

If you want a vehicle that is inexpensive, easy to own, requires little concern, and just works then the Mirage is your car. Moreso, the Mirage has a 10 year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage is available now and starts at $12,995.  At John Amato Mitsubishi  www.milwaukeemitsubishi.com

Mitsubishi Certified Pre-Owned Benefits

When you purchase a Mitsubishi Certified Pre-Owned vehicle from John Amato Mitsubishi in Milwaukee, you know exactly the benefit of your purchase.  Your Certified Mitsubishi has been thru a thorough inspection and reconditioning system

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ENGINE –

Cylinder block and cylinder head(s), all internal lubricated parts including pistons, piston rings, wrist pins, connecting rods, rod and main bearings, crankshaft, camshaft(s) and bearings, followers, lifters, pushrods, rocker arms, rocker shafts and bushings, balance shafts, valves, valve seats, valve guides, valve springs and retainers, oil pump, oil pump pick up, oil pump drive and water pump.

TRANSMISSION / TRANSFER CASE –

Automatic Transmission Equipped: Transmission Case and all internal lubricated parts including oil pump, valve body, torque converter, governor, clutches, bushings, shafts, gear sets, bearings, vacuum modulator, dip stick and tube. Manual Transmission-Equipped: Transmission case and all internal lubricated parts including shafts, bushings, bearings, gear sets, synchronizers and shift fork. Transfer Case Equipped: The Transfer Case housing and all internal lubricated parts.

DRIVE AXLE –

Front Wheel Drive Equipped: Drive axle housing and all internal lubricated components including carrier case, gear sets, chain and sprockets, bearings, bushings, axle shafts, constant velocity joints and double offset joints (except if boot was damaged or missing). Rear Wheel Drive Equipped: Drive axle case and all internal lubricated parts including carrier, ring and pinion gears, gear sets, bearings, bushings, limited slip clutch pack, axle shafts, drive shaft(s), drive shaft support and u-joints. Four Wheel Drive/All Wheel Drive Equipped: All components listed under Front Wheel Drive Equipped and Rear Wheel Drive Equipped are covered.

SEALS & GASKETS –

Seals and gaskets coverage included for the powertrain components listed above.

AutoCheck® Vehicle History Report

When buying a used car, one of the first questions you might ask yourself is, “Are there any problems with the car?” AutoCheck® vehicle history reports include information on accidents, odometer rollback, lemon vehicles, flood damage, branded titles and much more Every John Amato Mitsubishi Certified Pre Owned Vehicle comes with a free AutoCheck® vehicle history report.

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Multi-Point Vehicle Inspection

All John Amato Mitsubishi, Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles must meet strict requirements in regards to their condition. Each John Amato Mitsubishi Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle is put through a comprehensive Multi-point vehicle inspection. A trained dealer service technician checks virtually every part of the vehicle – inside and out.

 

Consider the Hyundai Veloster Rally – Sports Car Fun at Economy Price

The 2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally is an unexpected vehicle from Hyundai.  Most people when they think of Hyundai it is either a sedan or their SUV’s.  That not what the Veloster is, its a cross of a sedan and a hatchback at a price tag that is surprisingly affordable.

What is the Veloster?

The Veloster offers a quirky four-door design with one driver’s side-door, two passenger side-doors and a hatchback.  It’s a performance oriented compact for people who do not need a lot of space for cargo and want an engaging driving experience on a budget.

Pricing and Trims

There are four different models available depending on how focused you are on getting a sports car vibe from your Veloster. The base Veloster has a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with 132 horsepower. Opt for the Turbo R-Spec, Rally Edition, or Turbo for a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder with 201 horsepower

Every trim is available with a 6-speed manual transmission while only the base Veloster and the Turbo provide optional automatics. The sportier editions get appearance upgrades and sport-tuned suspension systems.

 

Safety

There’s a long list of standard safety features on the Veloster. Rearview camera, vehicle stability management, traction control, electronic brake-force distribution, and brake assist come on every Veloster no matter the trim. The only optional safety feature is rear parking sensors and they’re only an option on the Veloster and Veloster Turbo.

Those rear parking sensors come only in the Technology Package so they’ll cost you big. The package runs $2,100 in the Veloster and $2,700 in the Veloster Turbo.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 Hyundai Veloster mixed reviews in crash testing. It received a top score of Good for Moderate Overlap Front, Roof Strength, and Head Restraints and Seats. The rating dropped down to Acceptable for Side crash testing and dropped one step further for Small Overlap Front to Moderate. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Veloster its top overall rating of 5 stars.

Performance

The Rally Edition features its more powerful 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. That’s a lot for a small car and it makes the Veloster really move. It will press you back in your seat when you hit the gas and is wonderfully engaging, especially if you let the revs creep up with that manual transmission.

The Veloster is responsive at all speeds providing ample power from a dead stop and when you need an extra boost on the highway. It does this smoothly and quietly with enough engine noise to enjoy the sound without becoming deafening. It’s a surprisingly well-mannered compact that delivers plenty of performance without becoming rough.

This is the kind of car you really want to drive with a manual. Yes, you can get the base Veloster with a 6-speed automatic or the Turbo with a seven-speed automatic, but don’t do that.

The six-speed manual in this car is fantastic with a nice short throw and a soft clutch that won’t have your leg aching in stop and go traffic. It lets you eke out every last bit of performance from the engine, which is half the fun of having a hot hatch in the first place.

Ride and handling

Compacts aren’t known for being comfortable rides and neither are sports cars. Somehow, the Veloster manages to be small, sporty, and fun without being jarring or rough. It’s comfortable even on less perfect roads and handles well, although a bit more steering feedback would be nice. You’ll happily tear through corners in the Veloster without feeling like you’re out of control.

Seating

Front seating is very comfortable with heavily bolstered leather sports seats that aren’t too narrow for larger drivers. They’re low but not so low that you feel like you’re climbing awkwardly up out of the car to exit.

There are 39 inches of headroom and 43.9 inches of legroom, which compares with 39.4 and 41.3 in the Volkswagen Beetle or 40.3 and 41.4 in the Mini Cooper Hardtop. That extra legroom makes the Veloster better suited for tall drivers.

This is a small hatchback so the rear seats are not great for adults. A couple of kids, two very small adults, or two large adults you don’t like and want to punish are about the only people who should ride in back. There are 35.3 inches of headroom and 31.7 inches of legroom. The Beetle has 37.1 and 31.4 while the Mini Cooper Hardtop has 36.9 and 30.8.

Cargo

Cargo is not your priority with a car like the Veloster, but you may still want to shove a suitcase or some groceries in back. There are 15.5 cubic feet with the seats up or 34.7 cubic feet with the 60/40 split rear seats down. That bests the Beetle with 15.4 and 29.9 and the Mini Cooper Hardtop with just 8.7 with the seats up or 34 with those seats folded flat.

Infotainment and controls

The Veloster features a seven-inch high-resolution LCD touchscreen with a rearview camera across the lineup. The Rally Edition has the upgraded 450-watt Dimension premium audio system with AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 along with 8 speakers, external amplifier, and a subwoofer. In such a small space it easily fill the air with fantastic sound quality. There is a single USB port, but no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

Overall

The Hyundai Veloster is exactly the hot little hatchback you wanted when you first got out of school. It looks good, is fun to drive, and has a price that won’t require selling your soul.

Schedule your test drive today at John Amato Hyundai Superstore Milwaukee

2017 Hyundai Tucson Product and Performance Overview

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson at John Amato Hyundai , Milwaukee offers a host of upgrades across the model range.  Depending on the trim, the updates include everything from infotainment and interior materials to connectivity and safety features.

Here are the main update top to bottom on the 2017 Hyundai Tucson.

Exterior Styling

The front facia is dominated by a large hexagonal-shaped grille, a key to Hyundai’s design language.  Surrounding the grille are a pair of available high-efficiency LED twin projector headlights, plus LED headlight accents, and LED Daytime Running Lights.

For additional convenience during the dark, LED door handle approach lamps are also available.

The sporty and aggressive side profile of the Tucson is accentuated by a Z-shaped character line which flows above the rear wheel arches.  Roof rails on the Tucson are sleek and low-profile, resulting in a clean, yet super functional appearance.  The rear fascia conveys stability with a wide sporty stance.  LED technology is also used in the taillights for a premium design element and improved visibility.

Interior Styling and Features

Inside all 2017 Tucson models will offer a premium, wrapped instrument panel with wide contours.  These enhance the occupant’s overall sense of roominess in the cabin. Those who want more can opt for the full-length panoramic roof, which allows passengers to take in the beauty of both day and night skies.

The Tucson comes with a power-operated liftgate, which opens to a dual-level cargo floor. The second-row seats fold 60/40 and recline up to 37 degrees.

A stitched, soft-touch pad is placed near the driver’s right knee for better comfort during long road trips or spirited driving.

 

Performance & Fuel Economy

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson is available with two engine and transmission options, sending power either to the front wheels or to all four wheels. The vehicle is also fitted with Drive Select Mode, which enables the driver to adjust the steering feel, transmission, and engine responses to their preference, depending on the road and traffic conditions.

The base Tucson SE is powered by a direct-injected, 2.0 L four-cylinder from the Nu engine family and produces 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. The engine is exclusively paired to a six-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC manual shifting mode and includes an overdrive lock-up torque converter for increased fuel efficiency at highway speeds.

The EPA rates the 2017 Hyundai Tucson FWD with a 2.0 L engine and six-speed automatic at 23 city, 30 highway, and 26 combined.

Tucson ECO, Sport, and Limited models are powered by a turbocharged, direct-injected, 1.6 L four-cylinder engine from the Gamma family, producing 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. This engine is coupled to a segment-first seven-speed Ecoshift dual-clutch transmission. The EPA rates the Tucson ECO FWD, with the 1.6 L turbocharged engine and dual-clutch transmission, at 26 city, 32 highway, and 29 combined.

Sport and Limited FWD models with the same engine and transmission combination are rated at 25 city, 30 highway, and 27 combined.

Safety and Security

In 2016, the Tucson received an IIHS Top Safety Pick + rating when equipped with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB). Additional safety technologies include AEB with pedestrian detection, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-traffic Assist, Lane Change Assist, rear parking sensors, and a standard backup camera. For added safety, more than 50 percent of the Tucson’s body is constructed of advanced high-strength steel.

The Tucson is also fitted with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that not only alerts the driver when a tire is deflated but also shows the location of the tire.

Connectivity

The 2017 Tucson offers Hyundai’s next-generation Blue Link connected car services. Blue Link includes connectivity features like Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Stop, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Stolen Vehicle Recovery, and Destination Search powered by Google. For additional cool points, many of these apps are compatible with Android wear and Apple watch model

Should you Purchase New, Used or Lease?

There are many factors to consider when purchasing a car. One of the main choices you will have to make is whether you want to buy a brand-new car, a used car, or lease a vehicle. Deciding can be hard but understanding the advantages and disadvantages to each option can make it a little easier.  Today we will discuss purchase lease options

Buying a Brand-New Car

The obvious benefit of purchasing a car brand new is that it’s BRAND NEW! Who doesn’t love brand new things –this means that the car will come equipped with all of the newest technology and latest features. You’ll have all the bells and whistles that comes with a new car.

An even better benefit is that it’s the most economical choice in the long run –when you drive the car out of the parking lot, it will be the first time those wheels hit the road (besides test drives, obviously).

Ownership is a big deal as well. This car is yours and you can do whatever you want with it. Modify the speakers so the entire neighborhood can hear or paint it neon pink to stand out from the crowd if you want. Do whatever with the car–it’s yours!

With the good, there’s also bad. When you buy a brand-new car, it’s going to be expensive –expect a higher down-payment, monthly payment, sales tax and insurance costs. New cars do come with warranties but when that runs out, you’re going to have to foot the bill for repair costs. A new car’s value will also depreciate faster than a used car –if you don’t plan on trading the car in it doesn’t really affect you, but if you do, it will.

Buying a Used Car

Similar to buying a new car, one of the benefits of purchasing a used car is ownership. You own it, do what you want with it. Unlike buying a new car some of the costs will be less expensive. Taxes and Insurance will be less. Buying a used car will cost you less with payments, sales taxes and insurance costs.

You’ll also have the advantage of having more resources to analyze before you purchase. The vehicle will be out long enough for accurate consumer reports to be available.

The disadvantage is that you do not know the previous owner and how they treated the vehicle.   Dealing with a used car, can also mean that you can expect damages sooner.

Leasing a Car

Leasing a car can be tricky because every contract will be different. You’ll be able to drive a better car for less money. If you really like cars and want to change every other year, this may be the option for you. This option tends to be less expensive in the short term –you’ll have less of a sales tax, and lower monthly payments, and lower down payment –or no down payment. Lower repair costs are a big benefit as well since you’ll be under the vehicle’s factory warranty.

A major disadvantage is that you do not own the car. You can’t modify it to your liking. Leasing often risks some heavy penalties –your mileage may be limited and if there’s any damage in the car, you may get penalized for that. In the long-term it will be more expensive. You can try to buy the car at the end of the term but often you’ll end up paying more than what it’s worth.

In short, it’s up to which trade-offs you would like to make while purchasing a car. If you’re looking for long term worth, purchasing a new or used car may be the better option. If you want more car for less money for a short period of time then leasing may be the way to go. It’s all up to you to decide on the preferences that best fit your lifestyle.

 

Discuss your options at John Amato Mitsubishi  Milwaukee 

How does the Hyundai Elantra handle in the Snow in Milwaukee

With winter coming soon and snow will continue to fly accumulating in piles on the side of the road in Milwaukee, many drivers may wonder how dies the Hyundai Elantra handle in the snow?  This vehicle is light in body and a Front wheel drive  performs surprisingly well for the winter.

Even without snow tires, the Elantra has a few things going for it.  Thie first is that it is a front wheel drive.  This assists in keeping the vehicle in better control than vehicles with rear wheel drive.

The Hyundai Elantra has enough power to move over the snow that you find that is left at the end of your driveway with the Milwaukee plows come through.  It does not have the ground clearance as the Hyundai SUV but can get over the pile of snow if needed.

With all that the Elantra has to offer, there are still some conditions to be careful and still require safe driving no matter what vehicle is being used.  Glare ice or Black Ice still create serious issues with traction.  With winter conditions is also helps to manually shift the vehicle into lower gears.

 

Check out all the Elantra has to offer at John Amato Hyundai Milwaukee

 

From Smartphone to Steering Wheel Milwaukee Mitsubishi

You obviously love your smartphone, but now you can do even more with it in your Mitsubishi vehicle from John Amato Mitsubishi.  That is because Mitsubishi is turning your smartphone into a steering wheel.

In July Mitsubishi officially launched MirageG4NightDrive.com  which offers an interactive dual-screen experience.  By using your laptop or smartphone, drivers can test drive the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 from the comforts of home.

So what should you expect when you visit the website?  You will have front row seats for the Mirage G4, all with an interactive film.  It uses kinetic gestures  to move the car so you can actually feel like you are driving it.  You also get to see all of your favorite parts of the G4 including the rearview camera and the safety features like Hill  Start Assist.

 

If you are even more intrigued, schedule a test drive today at John Amato Mitsubishi Milwaukee,   www.milwaukeemitsubishi.com

 

 

The Genesis G90 arriving soon at John Amato Genesis

The  Genesis G90 is soon to be arriving at John Amato Genesis Milwaukee.  

 The 2017 Genesis G90  serves as the new brands luxury brand flagship sedan.    
 
It is coming with great deal of interior room, finished in luxurious materials and loaded with technology.  The cabin is a clear evolution of Equus’s aesthetic.   From Nappa leather to real wood interior and topped of by the expansive infotainment center.  
 
Hyundai decided to extend the wheelbase by almost 5 inches.  Which shows its stance in road presence.  Small and subtle Genesis Badges keeps the vehicle understated and often compared to Audi and Aston Martin.
 
The ample amount of sound deadening materials insulate the driver from the twin turbo-charged 3.3 liter V6 engine.  It has 36 horsepower and 376 pound feet of torque provide ample power to move this large luxury sedan.    The throttle programming, engine torque curve and the 8 speed automatic transmission makes for smooth, and  effortless acceleration.  
 
If you have the need for even more, the Genesis G90 will also come with a 5 liter V8 engine in both rear and all wheel drive.  
 
Standard Options are a 12.3 inch LCD Dashboard highlighting the Genesis infotainment system.  The features include, navigation, digital audio, Bluetooth phone system being controlled by a dial and buttons on the console.  
 
If a quality audio system is you hot point.  Don’t overlook the G90 17-speaker Lexicon audio system that creates a high fidelity sound.  It provides a solid and balanced sound. 
 
For Genesis stepping into the luxury market, this sedan is worlds apart from any other sedan.  
 
Schedule your time to check this vehicle out at John Amato Genesis Milwaukee 

What Milwaukee Buyers need to know about Hybrid and Ev

 

Alright, so there’s a lot of talk about hybrids, PHEVs, and EVs as more of them are popping up. It seems automakers are finally getting it – we need to save (or at least do our best to lessen our damage to) the planet! There’s still a long way to go, but some brands like Mitsubishi Motors are expanding their lineup with more fuel efficient options.

Three out of the five Mitsubishi models, — like the non-hybrid but fuel-efficient-low-emission-vehicle, the Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4, the all-electric i-Miev, and the SUV PHEV, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV — are all very fuel efficient vehicles. But what do all of those terms mean — all-electric, PHEV, low emissions, hybrid? Let’s explore.

Types of Hybrids

Let’s get started with some common terms. Hybrid is basically an umbrella term for any vehicle that uses two or more power sources, but that is a very general term and today there are a few different types of hybrid systems.

One type of hybrid is a hybrid that uses a combination of gas and electricity to power the vehicle. A good example of this is a vehicle that can travel purely on an electric motor powered by battery power, or rely on its gas-powered engine, or use both in conjunction.

Okay, how does this work? That would be due to a power split device, a clever design that links the gasoline engine, generator, and electric motor together. This way, an actual hybrid can be powered by either type of energy source and/or both.

The battery charges itself by siphoning power from the internal combustion engine, or gasoline-powered engine, as it runs, and can also reclaim energy through a process known as “regenerative braking.”

Regenerative braking is is a system in which the electric motor that normally drives a hybrid is put on hold, and the generator that charges the on-board batteries with electrical energy absorbs the energy lost when a vehicle brakes. The energy’s gotta go somewhere right? Why not just recycle it back into the vehicle?

There are also hybrids that have a similar system, but the battery is a little bigger so the car can rely on electricity power a little more because the vehicle can actually be plugged in and charged up. This is called a PHEV, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. An example of this is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

A vehicle that is powered by only electricity is actually an electric vehicle (EV). A good example would be the Mitsubishi i-Miev. An EV is powered by a battery and after one or multiple uses, the battery needs to be charged. Otherwise, it’s a very expensive cinder block. Luckily, many electric ports are opening up around Wisconsin

Hybrid Batteries and Recharging

We’d like to focus on electric vehicles for this article, but let’s take a quick second to review hybrid power, as they were the primary vehicle that led to EV conception.

Battery Talk

Now, there’s a few terms to cover so the rest of this makes sense. A battery has three major points – the wattage, the battery’s output, and the battery’s capacity. What are all of these?

The definition of wattage is the measure of electric power, expressed in watts, and is expressed as the amount of power a battery may contain. For example, to power the flux capacitor in the Delorean in Back to the Future, you need a power source that can produce 1.21 jigawatts (or a direct lightning strike).

Battery Capacity is directly linked to wattage. Using the same example, if we do in fact have a battery that stores 1.21 jigawatts of power, then the wattage and capacity are the same in this instance. However, just because the battery is capable of putting out this much energy, doesn’t mean its output will be the same. A battery’s output is how much of the power it stores can be drawn out of it at a time.

Remember in the first Back to the Future, McFly went into the past and got stranded? He used up all the power the battery had in one trip, rendering it useless. The same happens with all batteries in the end, but most batteries, like the one powering your MP3 music player, may have a battery capacity of “x amount of power” but it outputs just enough to keep your music player on and functional without burning out in one use.

Are there different kinds of Hybrid and EV batteries?

The simple answer is: Yes. The types of batteries found in Hybrids, EVWS, and soon PHEVs, are: lithium ion (Li-Ion), cobalt dioxide, nickel-cobalt-manganese (NCM), nicel-cobalt-aluminim (NCA), nicek-metal-hydride (NiMH), manganese oxide spinel (MnO), iron phosphate (FePo), lead-acid batteries, and ultrcapacitors. Li-Ion and NiMH are the most common used today.

Each has their pros and cons. Li-Ion batteries are the most commonly used, and not just in hybrids but also small devices like cellphones and laptops. Their versatility, energy storage, high energy efficiency, and low self-discharge are the pros. The main con? They are expensive to produce and their life cycle isn’t satisfactory for long drives.

NiMH batteries are also well known, commonly used in computers and medical equipment. They have a longer life-cycle than lead-acid batteries and offer significant power. However, they are even most costly, have a higher output (power drains more quickly), and they evidently die (not able to be charged) quicker via hydrogen loss.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Mitsubishi i-Miev

Alright, so now that we discussed all of this, the Outlander PHEV and i-Miev might make a little more sense. The Outlander PHEV is a plug-in. The i-Miev is an EV. Let’s look at each one a little closer.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is powered by a 12-kWh (kilowatt-hour) battery. Meaning 12,000 watts of power are being converted into energy to power it every hour. It consists of 80 battery cells, or 80 minuscule devices capable of generating or absorbing electric energy. It can charge 80% of its power in 30 minutes, but takes 3.5 hours to reach a full charge. It has a miles per gallon gasoline equivalent, or MPGe, of about 157 miles. MPGe is the amount of distance traveled per unit of energy consumed, but the Outlander PHEV can only travel 32 miles on electricity, and over 500 miles using both electric and gasoline. Its emissions are 3 milligramsof nitrogen oxide per kilometer traveled.

The Mitsubishi i-Miev is powered by a 16 kWh battery, meaning it converts 16,000 watts of energy into power every hour, and consists of over 100 battery cells spread out through various cell modules. It has a variety of charging options, and it can also reach an 80% charge in 30 minutes if using a public quick-charger port. It has a MPGe of 121 in the city, and a total range of 62 miles. Being an all-electric vehicle, it gives off zero emissions.

All Mitsubishi models come with a basic warranty of 5 years or 60,000 miles, a powertrain warranty for 10 years or 1000,000 miles, and a 7-year or 100,000 mile anti-corrosion limited Warranty. However, on the i-Miev, it has a transferable powertrain limited warranty of 5 years or 60,000 miles, a transferable new vehicle limited Warranty of 3-years or 36,000 miles, and a battery coverage warranty for 8 years or 100,000 miles.

 

 

See more at Milwaukee’s Newest Mitsubishi Dealer.  John Amato Mitsubishi  www.milwaukeemitsubishi.com