Mitsubishi’s Outlander plug-in hybrid has become such a hit in the UK since its introduction two years ago that it currently accounts for a staggering 50 per cent of sales in the EV and PHEV sector, selling even better than in Japan.
‘Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle’ - in case you were wondering what it stood for. Realistically, the most accessible step towards going full-electric is a Plug-In Hybrid. You don’t have to be strict with charging, as the car can run by itself on petrol, but you get to have a taste of what full-electric (or at least electric-assisted) driving is like. The PHEV positions itself in the most blossoming sector of the UK automotive industry as a mid-to-large sized 5 seater SUV.
As part of the third generation line-up, Mitsubishi launched in January 2013 a plug-in hybrid model called Outlander P-HEV. Cumulative global sales passed the 100,000 unit milestone in March 2016. As of December 2016[update], Europe is the leading market with more than 80,000 units sold, followed by Japan with about 35,000. As of December 2016[update], the top European markets are the UK and the Netherlands, each country with about 26,000 units registered. The Outlander P-HEV was the top selling plug-in electric vehicle in Europe in 2014 and again in 2015, and has ranked as Europe's best-selling plug-in hybrid car for four years running. Both in 2014 and 2015, it also ranked as the world's top selling plug-in hybrid, and as the third best selling plug-in car after the all-electrics Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf. As of December 2016[update], with almost 120,0000 units sold globally, the Outlander P-HEV ranked as the world's all-time second best-selling plug-in hybrid after the Chevrolet Volt, and the world's fourth all-time top selling plug-in electric car.