Mitsubishi Motors has announced it has begun sales of its new Outlander PHEV in Europe. There’s apparently some pent-up demand for these plug-in hybrids over there, as the automaker said it has already achieved over 10,000 “signed orders” since last December.
As the first hybrids roll into the Netherlands, which is the first planned launch market in that part of the world, the company also offered up what it says are “essential EU market performance figures” for the first “self-power generating Twin Motor (permanent) 4WD” plug-in hybrid. These give a bit an idea of what an American version could look like, should Mitsubishi ever bring one to the United States.
With a maximum driving range of 824 km (512 miles), the Outlander PHEV has an electric only driving range of around 52 km (32.3 miles). It has a maximum speed, where allowed, of 170 km/h (105.6 MPH). Fuel consumption is put at just 1.9 l/100 km, and C02 emissions are a scant 44 g/km.
Charging time for the Outlander PHEV’s battery pack is rated at five hours under normal wall outlet charging, and as little as 30 minutes for an up to 80 percent charge via fast charging. Its 12 kWh lithium-ion battery includes its own manual switch mode to make use of the 2.0-liter 4-cyl. MIVEC gas engine as a generator, charging the drive battery whether the vehicle is stationary or on the move.