The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is once again the UK’s best-selling plug-in electrified vehicle. Sales of Mitsubishi Motors’ petrol/electric plug-in hybrid SUV totalled 476 units in April and 2,695 units for the period January to April 2018, ahead of every other pure EV and plug-in hybrid on the market.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was the first plug-in car to gain widespread adoption with UK drivers when it was launched in 2014, taking the plug-in hybrid market from fewer than 1,500 units to more than 13,000 within a year. Since then it has consistently been the most popular plug-in electrified vehicle in the UK with more than 36,800 currently on the road.
The popularity of the Outlander PHEV has helped Mitsubishi Motors to a successful start to the year. While car registrations in the UK from January to April 2018 were down 8.8 per cent, Mitsubishi Motors’ sales were up by 12.1 per cent for the same period, with the launch of the all new Eclipse Cross also contributing to the brand’s growth.
Rob Lindley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, commented:
“Despite ever more competition entering the market, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV continues to win more and more customers over thanks to its no-compromise, SUV versatility and low real-world running costs. With more excellent new SUV models joining the range, such as the Eclipse Cross and Shogun Sport, we have ambitions to grow the Mitsubishi brand even further in 2018 and beyond.”
The Outlander PHEV attracts low company car tax of 13 per cent, along with exemption from the London congestion charge and first year road tax.
It remains one of the only electrified vehicles that can operate in 4WD using only electric power, thanks to the twin electric-motor system and Mitsubishi’s S-AWC (Super-All Wheel Control).
Available from £32,305 the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is capable of 166.1 MPG (according to official NEDC fuel economy figures) with an electric range of up to 33 miles. It can be rapid-charged in 25 minutes and can be fully charged from a domestic home charge point in 3.5 hours.