Mitsubishi is celebrating the success of its game-changing Outlander plug-in hybrid which was launched six years ago this month.
Not only has it recently passed the 50,000 registrations milestone in the UK, but it remains the most popular PHEV here, in Europe and the world.
The competitively priced SUV, powered by an advanced plug-in hybrid powertrain, employing an electric motor on each axle for all-wheel-drive EV performance, was an instant success when it was launched in 2016.
It amassed 10,000 registrations in its first 10 months and boosted the plug-in hybrid market tenfold in the process.
With a growing acceptance of the need for people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles, the role of the plug-in hybrid has never been more important.
A recent survey of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV customers revealed that 90% charge regularly, 68% charge daily and overall more than half the average daily mileage is driven in Electric Vehicle (EV) mode, reducing fuel use, lowering emissions and improving air quality in urban areas where conventional internal-combustion engines are at their least efficient.
The latest-generation Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is fitted with Mitsubishi’s 2.4-litre petrol engine and a more powerful, higher-capacity EV powertrain to help it achieve CO2 emissions of just 46g/km and a 28-mile EV range. With the average daily commute in England and Wales less than 10 miles each way, that makes it entirely possible for most owners to drive to and from work without ever using a drop of petrol in the process.