Mitsubishi Motors Europe on Monday (21 October) began retail sales of its Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (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.

The automaker said the new model was "Much expected by dealers and customers in a region forecast to be its largest global market" and claimed to have booked 10,000 signed orders across the continent since December 2012.

To balance production capacity and demand, MMC will launch the PHEV sequentially in Europea with Nordic countries (EVs are very popular in Norway as Nissan has found with the Leaf) following next.

The EU specification Outlander differs only from Japanese market versions in complying with local regulations and with suspension "fine-tuned to better suit European driving style".

In EU guise the permanent electric 'Twin Motor 4WD' has a claimed maximum driving range of 824 km, electric only range of 52km, fuel consumption of 1.9l/100km, CO2 emissions of 44 g/km and a maximum speed of 170 km/h. Braked towing capacity is 1,500kg.

The battery pack takes five hours to recharge using a standard European 230V/10A domestic supply but just 30 minutes (to 80%) using a quick charger to CHAdeMO standard.

MMC insists the Outlander PHEV is neither "a mere adaptation of an existing internal combustion engine vehicle nor a dedicated plug-in hybrid EV system high tech showcase" but a further variant of the Outlander – alongside standard petrol and diesel versions "and developed as such from the start of the programme: a unique/no-compromise proposal in the industry and "the first self-power generating twin motor (permanent) 4WD PHEV".

The automaker expects EVs, hybrids and PHEVs to account for 20% of its production by 2020.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

 

Start of sales in Europe

 

 

Today, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) starts retail sales of its pioneering Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (or “PHEV”) with the first units reaching The Netherlands – the designated launch country in Europe - after production commenced late August at MMC’s Okazaki plant, near Nagoya.

 

Wave # 1

Much expected by dealers and customers in a region forecasted to be its largest global market, Outlander PHEV has already racked up 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.

 

Competitive

Quite competitive (purchase price and running costs), 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 electricTwin Motor 4WD”) Outlander PHEV include:

  • Maximum driving range : 824 km*

  • Range in Pure EV Mode : 52 km*

  • Fuel consumption : 1.9 l/100 km*

  • CO2 emissions : 44 g/km*

  • Maximum speed : 170 km/h (where legal)

 

 

 

  • Charging:

    • 5 hours – regular charging (230V / 10A)

    • 30 minutes – quick charging / up to 80% (CHAdeMO standard)

 

  • Max. cargo volume: From 463 l (VDA method – w/rear passengers)

  • Towing capacity: 1,500 kg (w/brakes)

  • Curb weight: 1810 kg

*measured as per EU mode

 

 

 

Dual Design

Neither a mere adaptation of an existing Internal Combustion Engined vehicle, nor a dedicated Plug-in Hybrid EV system high tech showcase, 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: a unique / no-compromise proposal in the industry….

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.

Original source: MME