Outlander has been out since 2013 but is only now reaching ASEAN markets

Outlander has been out since 2013 but is only now reaching ASEAN markets

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said its distributor PT Mitsubishi Motors Krama Yudha Sales Indonesia (MMKSI) will launch its flagship plug-in hybrid Outlander PHEV.

This model for in the company's key regional market Indonesia will be the first MMC PHEV available in ASEAN.
 
The PHEV will be exhibited at the GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show on 18 July.

"As Indonesia continues to implement positive measures to protect the environment, Mitsubishi Motors aims to support the country's transition to a sustainable, low-emissions future by providing clean drive technologies like those behind the Outlander PHEV, the company's flagship eco-friendly vehicle," the automaker said in a statement.
 
Since launch elsewhere in 2013, the Outlander PHEV has been introduced in 50 countries with global sales now past 200,000 units.

MMC claims it's the world's best-selling PHEV and Europe's best-selling PHEV for four consecutive years (2015-2018).

Users can supply electricity stored in the Outlander to power their homes (V2H) and, where power systems allow, stored energy can be provided back to the grid. The vehicle can also be used to provide emergency power and, during the 2016 Kumamoto and 2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi earthquakes in Japan, was able to operate as a mobile electricity source.

However, PHEVs appear to have hit a sales brick wall here in the UK where, in June 2019, they continued the recent downward trend (incentives withdrawn by the government), falling by a massive 50.4%, while hybrids also fell, by 4.7%.

The performance tipped the overall alternatively fuelled vehicle sector into negative growth for the first time since April 2017, undermining efforts to reduce emissions through fleet renewal of the latest ultra low emission vehicles. This is despite ongoing investment, which has enabled manufacturers to offer British car buyers more choice than ever with more than 350 models now available in the UK – 44 of them plug-ins.

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