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Mitsubishi goes big on green

06.03.2013

Posted by. Rob Ganley

I’m in the press office at the Geneva Show. It’s a hive of with journalists from all the world around me, hammering at keyboards, or editing video

Along with a band of journalists I drove here in a new Outlander. the third generation of the tow car. Our seven-seater, 2.2-litre model came with a automatic gearbox.

Over hundred miles I found the cab muted and the gear changes and was impressed with the 4×4 eco-mode, which makes the car wheel drive only, the wheels begin to slip.

In I was so impressed that we’ve one for our long-term test fleet. out for our regular reports on its towing

A Genuinely Green Tow Car

Mitsubishi UK MD is very excited about the PHEV

While at the show I with Mitsubishi’s UK MD Lance ( pictured ) about the hotly Outlander PHEV (plug-in electric vehicle). For those new to the PHEV, it uses electricity, or both in parallel to drive the

We’ve been following the of what could turn out to be the green tow car for a number of months Our tow car editor David Motton saw it at its as a concept car at the Paris Motor at the end of last year.


And our Nigel test drove it in prototype recently, and reported on it in April Practical Caravan .

Mitsubishi is about the importance of the caravanning to its sales: “We have a good of how many of our customers tow, that’s a caravan, horsebox or trailer,” says Bradley. For our it’s around 75%. For the Shogun and Outlander, it’s 50% – we measure this from the we fit, because we’re competitively on this.”

Bradley that the PHEV model is for towing, and has a maximum towing of 1500kg, which is ample for mid-sized family tourers.

How the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Since it went on sale in in February, it’s been so that its planned UK arrival of July/August may have to be pushed although Bradley is still it will arrive here

Outlander PHEV cost

On he anticipates that for most over a three-year period it cost the same as a diesel-powered (priced from £23,699 for the GX2 manual version, to £33,999 for the top GX5 Auto model).

“When you into account purchase the £5,000 government grant. the of fuel and the cost of road for the typical user, the diesel and the version will cost the

By this, he means that for buyers the diesel Outlander better meet their for others, the hybrid Outlander make more sense. It on what sort of journeys you do: if doing a lot of long motorway then the diesel will be the best option. If you’re using it around town, or for commutes, and for the occasional motorway then the hybrid may well be

A Hybrid tow car?

“For says Bradley, “the is an interesting proposition. Many who tow opt for 4WD models, which they really need for the five per of the time they tow their with it. So a vehicle that can tow a caravan, that does 50mpg on petrol alone, but for the of the time does over that’s ideal.”

The true of powering an electric car is a little to gauge, though, as it largely on your energy tariff. UK electric suppliers offer that give you cheaper at night or during a number of hours in the day. So in effect, the of a fill-up will largely on where you re-charge it and when.

MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid

One way to the cost of a fill-up on electric is to use the of kilowatt hours (kWh) it to recharge the EV’s battery. By my to charge the hybrid Outlander’s lithium battery at the average for a kWh of electricity in the UK of 15.32p costs The range of the Outlander on electric is around 34 miles, which is 5.4 per mile.

A diesel engine returning running on diesel costing per litre, would cost to cover the same distance, or pence per mile.

Cost of up a PHEV

“If you go to work and your is prepared to install a charge and let you plug in and charge your car for a fee of £1-2 per day, then a very cheap option,” Bradley.

There are two different, chargers available: one is the standard the second a quick charger. The can charge the battery up to 80 per cent of its in around 20 minutes, which is to the level of charge generated it’s running on petrol and in over mode.

In the UK, availability of chargers is fairly limited, in time I’d anticipate, for example, the of supermarkets spending the money to that infrastructure. A quick point would allow you to your car while shopping, would be a unique selling

Mitsubishi has been selling vehicles for three years now its MiEV city car, and has lessons, such as what it ‘range anxiety’ in which are worried about running out of and being stranded. With a you don’t have that and the need for a charge-point infrastructure is crucial.

Anyone interested in a plug-in hybrid Outlander may have to consider the cost of their own charge point:

“We an arrangement with British who’ll come and check out supply and install a dedicated set up for it, is around £600,” says

One of the stars of the Geneva motor was Mitsubishi’s GR-HEV ( pictured ), a with a one-tonne payload, is powered by a 2.5-litre Mitsubishi Diesel engine and a front-mounted motor. The importance of this electric hybrid technology for the tow car is clear.

“We have a stated ambition 20 per cent of our sales will be or plug-in hybrid by 2020, and well on track for that. five years all our ranges offer electric or hybrid says Bradley. “Not ago we were famous for making gas and now we’re at the forefront of this efficient technology. It’s an time for us.”

Rob Ganley, in chief, Practical Caravan

MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid
MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid
MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid
MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid
MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid
MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid

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