Friday 6 December 2019

The plug-in hybrid SUV that can cover 52km for €1.20

Mitsubishi's new plug-in hybrid SUV, the Outlander PHEV
Mitsubishi's new plug-in hybrid SUV, the Outlander PHEV
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

MITSUBISHI'S new plug-in hybrid SUV, the Outlander PHEV, will cost from €41,950 when it goes on sale here next month.

It is interesting to note that the price is just €2,000 more than the equivalent spec diesel Outlander (€39,950).

The PHEV price does include, however, a €5,000 grant from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and the Government's VRT relief for plug-in hybrids. Battery (five-year warranty) price is also included.

Emissions for both versions of the PHEV (the higher spec costs €47,450) are just 44g/km, which means road tax of €170.

In essence this is a permanent four-wheel-drive SUV that is driven by electric motors (front and rear wheels) with a petrol engine on board to act as a generator.

Only in cases of consistently high speeds (they call it parallel hybrid mode) does the engine provide most of the power and is assisted by the electric motors.

In EV (electric vehicle) drive mode, the front and rear motors power the vehicle using battery power only.

Then there is Series Hybrid Mode where the engine supplies power to the electric motors as a generator.

They claim it costs just €1.20 to charge the battery at home for a cruising range of 52km. Overall combined fuel consumption of 1.9l/100km is claimed. They also say it has a range of 824km between electric and petrol power.

And they will install a home charging point for the first 2,000 owners.

Standard equipment will include 18ins alloys, front fogs with daytime running lights, dual-zone air con, sat nav, automatic air con, cruise control, Bluetooth with Voice Control etc.

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