To answer your question, my PHEV 2023 starts every morning in NORMAL and ICE IS ON. I then push the button to put the car in EV and about 5 km later, it shuts off. I am in Quebec, Gaspé area, quite cold (-5 to -30C), it’s just normal that the ICE works a bit to warm up myself and the car. That’s partly why I wanted a PHEV.I did preorder Hyundai Tucson PHEV one year ago and just gave up last week when purchased 2023 Outlander PHEV SEL Diamond Black on Black leather here in Ontario Canada.
I had 2018 Chevy Volt until 2020 for 2 1/2 years than jumped into ICE car and now I will come back into PHEV game.
PHEV is best option for my needs about 50 km a day driving.
Chevy Volt was nice car to drive and to save money but is little bit too small for me.
That is why I am coming back into PHEV , but SUV.
My question for current 2023 Outlander PHEV owners is :
When You just turn on the car and by default it will start in NORMAL MODE will you just start driving like that and car will mostly operate as EV or You have to push EV button each time to put car in EV mode to use mostly batteries.
However, this being said, I discover in a different thread the trick to force EV from the start and use it whenever I can (warmer than - 7C), it works very goodl no fuel burned at all!