You might think otherwise, but Mitsubishi rules supreme in one segment in Europe – the very small niche of plug in hybrid sport utility vehicles, thanks to the Outlander PHEV model.
The Ukrainian Police seems to have taken notice and decided to order the largest ever fleet of plug-in hybrid vehicles the Japanese have ever built. Mitsubishi’s previous record had to do with Estonia and a fleet of fully-electric i-MiEV models – but 507 of those have been handily beaten by 635 Outlander PHEV SUVs. Both had in common the Green Investment Scheme, an international emissions trading plan that focuses on lowering CO2 emissions and greenhouse warming gases. With such a massive fleet, MMC’s president and CEO was on point to meet the Prime Minister of Ukraine in the country’s capital, Kiev.
First offered back in 2013, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been for the past four years the top selling plug-in hybrid vehicle with deliveries of 80,768 examples until the end of 2016. The green SUV makes use of a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine packing 121 horsepower (89 kilowatts) and 140 pound-feet (190 Newton-meters) of torque. It’s linked to a couple of electric motors to achieve AWD, with a combined output of 203 hp (149 kW), and a pure electric range of up to 33 miles (54 km).