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While not exactly being a household name in the UK, Mitsubishi has a far higher profile in the field of plug-in hybrids; the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV consistently ranks as Britain’s best-selling plug-in hybrid. And, with SUV looks and the practicality to back them up, its popularity is justified.
Key to the PHEV’s appeal though, is the low company car tax it attracts, thanks to its clever hybrid system which produces lower CO2 emissions than the conventional petrol-powered Outlander emits. The PHEV can be driven by its naturally aspirated 2.4-litre petrol engine, by its electric motors and batteries alone, or by a combination of the two. Those batteries can be charged on the move by the petrol engine, or the car can be plugged into the mains to charge overnight.
Because the Outlander PHEV can run on pure electric power, many commuters will be able to travel to work and back after an overnight charge, using no petrol at all. As a result, under the WLTP testing cycle, the car is rated as being able to travel 28 miles on pure electricity alone, and should be able to return an incredible 139mpg in mixed use.
At one point the Outlander PHEV accounted for a staggering 50% of sales in the electric car and hybrid sector in the UK. It was refreshed for 2020, but, with a raft of increasingly advanced large plug-in SUVs entering the market, such as the Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4, Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 and DS7 E-Tense, could Mitsubishi’s time at the top of the plug-in market be coming to an end? Read on over the next few pages to find out.
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