The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is protecting ‘London’s great Forest’ in more ways than one following the City of London purchasing a trio of specially-converted examples to help patrol and maintain Epping Forest.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the first vehicle with an electrified drivetrain to be added to the City of London Epping Forest fleet. Its addition marks the start of the organisation’s shift to a ULEZ-compliant fleet that is dedicated to the renowned conservation area, which spans from Epping in Essex to Manor Park in Greater London.
With a pure electric range of 28 miles, plus the option to use all-electric mode with the advanced 4WD system, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV provides the Epping Forest Keepers with the option to navigate the area with minimal noise and emissions.
In line with the dual Special Constable status of the Epping Forest Keepers, the trio of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs have been converted to full rapid response vehicle specification. The bespoke conversions were completed by Mitsubishi Motors in the UK’s dedicated MSVO (Mitsubishi Special Vehicle Operation) division, allowing City of London to enjoy a seamless purchasing process without the need to involve third-party converters.
Martin Newnham, Head Keeper and Constable, Epping Forest, said: “The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was the best fit for our requirements based on affordability and performance. Four-wheel drive was essential but there was also a need for a level of electrification that would help us to lower our carbon footprint and enhance our care of Epping Forest.”
Clive Messenger, General Manager Fleet Operations, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: “The City of London’s use of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for the patrol of Epping Forest is a fantastic illustration of how versatile the vehicle is and why it is the UK’s favourite plug-in hybrid vehicle. As the organisation has found, its package of value, practicality, four-wheel drive and efficiency is unrivalled. We’re really pleased that our vehicles have been recognised as the best option to help them make the positive shift to ultra-low emission vehicles without impacting on the invaluable work they do in maintaining and protecting one of the country’s most beautiful environments.”