Mitsubishi plans to include in its entire model range optional plug-in hybrid and hybrid models in about four years.
The first planned model is a plug-in hybrid version of the new Outlander, expected to be launched in 2013. The model will feature 140mpg on the combined cycle, and 25 miles on electric power alone. Lance Bradley, managing director, Mitsubishi UK said that no final decision has been made on which models to hybridise and which to electrify, but the Mitsubishi ASX models are set for the plug-in hybrid options, as well as the replacement Lancer.
“There’s no reason why commercial vehicle customers wouldn’t appreciate the benefits of hybrid technology. We know the technology works, and that it is good”, said Bradley.
The company plans to unveil the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV in September at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The PHEV is based on the PX-MiEV II concept, but the model will feature a petrol engine and two electric motors to offer three driving modes: Parallel, both electric motors and petrol engine running, Series, electric motors running and petrol engine recharging the battery, and Pure, full electric.