Mitsubishi Motors Company (MMC) began retail sales of its Outlander PHEV with the first units in the Netherlands – the designated launch country in Europe – after production commenced late August at the Okazaki plant, near Nagoya.
Much expected by dealers and customers in a region forecasted to be its largest global market, Outlander PHEV has already achieved over 10,000 signed orders across Europe since December 2012.
Managing a fine balance between production capacity and overall demand, MMC will launch Outlander PHEV sequentially in Europe, starting with selected PHEV markets (The Netherlands, Nordic countries, etc) from this month onwards.
Electric vehicles are very popular in Norway as Nissan and Tesla Motors have found with the Leaf and the Model S.
The EU-specs Outlander PHEV only differs from its Japanese market equivalent in complying with mandatory EU regulations and with a chassis fine-tuned to better suit European driving style.
As a reminder, essential EU market performance figures for the (permanent electric ”Twin Motor 4WD”) Outlander PHEV include:
– Maximum driving range : 824 km (512 miles)
– Range in Pure EV Mode : 52 km (32.3 miles)
– Fuel consumption : 1.9 l/100 km (148.7 mpg UK or 123.8 mpg US)
– CO2 emissions : 44 g/km
– Maximum speed : 170 km/h (105.6 mph) (where legal)
– Charging: 5 hours – normal charging (230V / 10A), 30 minutes – quick charging / up to 80% (CHAdeMO standard)
– Max. cargo volume: 463 l (VDA method – w/rear passengers)
– Towing capacity: 1,500 kg (w/brakes)
– Curb weight: 1810 kg
MMC says the Outlander PHEV is neither a mere adaptation of an existing Internal Combustion Engined vehicle, nor a dedicated Plug-in Hybrid EV high tech showcase. According to Japanese carmaker, the Outlander PHEV is rather a further variant of New Outlander – next to the petrol or diesel options – and developed as such from the start of the program: the first self-power generating Twin Motor (permanent) 4WD Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle.
Outlander PHEV meets its market at a time of profound changes in the mindset of global customers, vindicating Mitsubishi Motors’ claim of 20% of its production made of electric/hybrid/plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2020.