This obsolete charging port (CHAdeMO) is for DC charging only and is available on the SEL and higher trims; lower trims don’t have it. The AC charging port right next to it is a standard J1772 receptacle.And the obsolete charging port!
This is the only PHEV for sale in North America with DC charging capability. The utility of DC charging a battery whose range lasts 40 miles or less (on 80% SOC) but takes 40 minutes to charge 0-80 is unclear to me, and if given a choice, I would probably opt out of this feature if it saved me $500 - $1,000, but in no way do I see it as a flaw of this vehicle. It’s a feature that I will probably never or rarely use. There is a place I go every summer for a month where I can use DC charging to cover my daily driving 100%. I would save about $110 (in current gas prices) during that month if I DC charge the Outlander vs buying gas. The DC charger is next to a coffee shop I patronize, so a 40-minute charging session would fall in line with the amount of time I usually spend there daily anyway. The DC charger has a stall with a 50 kW CHAdeMO handle, so it would be a perfect situation for me. It would cover coffee expenses for me for that month, but not my wife. Is it worth having it on a PHEV? I don’t see the point, but I also don’t think it’s a huge flaw of the vehicle. It’s just an unnecessary feature whose utility escapes me.
If the Outlander could charge in half the time, and if Mitsubishi had a plan to replace this 20 kW battery in the future with one double the size on existing vehicles (for an additional fee), then this feature would start making sense.