Mitsubishi is celebrating after the Outlander PHEV was awarded the title of ‘Best Ultra Low Emission Vehicle’ for the second year in a row at the prestigious Fleet World Honours, presented annually to motor manufacturers, service companies and individuals that have achieved the highest possible level of excellence in their sector.
Presenting the award Steve Moody, editor of Fleet World, said: ‘A global sales phenomenon, the Outlander PHEV has introduced more than 21,000 UK drivers to the benefits of electric motoring, and it’s revolutionised Mitsubishi’s fleet presence. Low CO2 emissions of 42g/km make this capacious, well-equipped SUV an accessible company car, while updates last year have broadened its appeal still further. It’s a true game-changer.’
Just over two years on from its launch in April 2014, the Outlander PHEV has overtaken every other plug-in hybrid and pure electric car, even passing vehicles that have been around since 2011, such as the Nissan Leaf.
Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: ‘The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is different to other hybrids in the market and we are so pleased that it has won this award at the Fleet World Honours for the second year running. People are increasingly attracted to environmental credentials, performance and the economy that can be delivered, but still want to have a vehicle that is great to drive, so it’s no surprise the Outlander PHEV has generated such interest from fleet operators and leasing companies. The judges described it as a “game-changer” and that is absolutely right because the Outlander PHEV has transformed the UK’s plug-in hybrid sector.’
The Outlander PHEV has established itself as the UK’s number one choice and having previously tested one it’s not difficult to see why. It boasts impressive fuel economy and ultra-low emissions – in a vehicle with 4WD go-anywhere ability. Combining electric and petrol power it has a range of 541 miles – 32 miles in electric mode alone, which is more than enough to accommodate the average daily commute and drastically reduce running costs.
As well as its official fuel consumption figure of 156 miles per gallon, the Outlander PHEV’s low emissions of just 42g/km CO2 mean there’s no vehicle tax to pay. It is exempt from the congestion charge and it qualifies for the Government’s £2,500 plug-in car grant. In addition, company car drivers can reap the reward of low Benefit in Kind tax (BIK), resulting in an effective pay rise of several thousand pounds per year.