Mitsubishi’s Extended Range Outlander PHEV Now On Sale In Europe (video)

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First Outlander PHEVs Roll Off The Boat From Mitsu's Okazaki Plant Into Netherland's Zeebrugge Port

First Outlander PHEVs Roll Off The Boat From Mitsu’s Okazaki Plant Into Belgium’s Zeebrugge Port

As of this week, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is now officially on sale in Europe.

Mitsubishi says the first cars are hitting the Netherlands now – via the Zeebrugge port from their plant in Japan (video of landing below).   European production of the plug-in Outlander began in early August, with the Netherlands is the “designated launch country in Europe.”

An Endless Line Of Outlander PHEVs At Zeebrugge In The Netherlands Last Week.  Mitsubishi Says You Can Visit "Any" Dealer By Month's End For A Test Drive!

An Endless Line Of Outlander PHEVs Pile Up At Zeebrugge Port Last Week. Mitsubishi Says You Can Visit “Any” Dealer By Month’s End For A Test Drive!

According to the Japanese company, Europe will be the largest market for the plug-in extended range Outlander.

Since pre-orders started last December, more than 10,000signed orders” have been received.  Mitsubishi says the roll-out will be a gradual one, as they continue to struggle to match capacity with demand.

“Managing a fine balance between production capacity and overall demand, MMC will launch Outlander PHEV sequentially in Europe, starting with selected PHEV markets (The Netherlands, Nordic countries, etc) from this month onwards.”

Mitsubishi says the Eurozone Outlander PHEV is basically the same as the one on sale now in Japan, and only differs “in complying with mandatory EU regulations and with a chassis fine-tuned to better suit European driving style.”

Euro specs (NEDC) on the Outlander PHEV were listed as follows by the company:

  • Maximum driving range : 824 km (512 miles)
  • Range in Pure EV Mode : 52 km (32 miles) – look for it to get about 20-22 miles of range on US/EPA standard
  • Fuel consumption : 1.9 l/100 km
  • CO2 emissions : 44 g/km
  • Maximum speed : 170 km/h (105 mph – where legal)
  • Weight: 1,810 kg (3,990lbs)

Charging:

  • 5 hours – normal charging (230V / 10A)
  • 30 minutes – quick charging / up to 80% (CHAdeMO standard)

However, what makes the Outlander PHEV really special is that it comes in a 4WD utility package, with a max cargo volume of 463 l (VDA method – w/rear passengers) and can tow a whopping 1,500 kg (3,300 lbs).  Try that with your Chevrolet Volt or Tesla Model S!

Of interest:   Due to very high demand and a extended production shutdown caused by earlier difficulties with battery production has delayed the Outlander PHEV in the United States until early 2015.

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21 responses to "Mitsubishi’s Extended Range Outlander PHEV Now On Sale In Europe (video)"

  1. Nelson says:

    GM needs to get the ball rolling with a Voltec SUV.

    NPNS!
    Volt#671

    1. Dan Frederiksen says:

      I actually get quite the opposite impression. They keep making hybrids of their obese cashcow vehicles but people aren’t buying them.

  2. Devewe says:

    The Zeebrugge port is located in southern neighbor country Belgium, not The Netherlands.

    Cheers,

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Whoops, that’s a little gaffaw on the caption…will fix that right up. Thanks Devewe!

  3. Brian says:

    I wonder how often people are going to stop for 30 minutes at a CHAdeMO charger to gain an extra 16 miles (80% of 20). I do like the idea, though, of supporting CHAdeMO on an extended range vehicle. It gives the driver even more options.

    Towing is another interesting feature. I happen to have a 2500lb boat in my driveway, I would love to tow it with one of these!

    1. Max says:

      Every day if you have got one in the office or nearby. MMC has done a good job, very smooth power train in comparison to volt (ICE kick-in). Though we will see how it will behave in winter. Autumn record is around 40 km so far

      1. Brian says:

        Why would an office park install CHAdeMO? It’s much more practical to install L2 charging, since most cars will be sitting there all day.

        And what do you mean by “nearby”? If it’s walking distance to the office, again L2 makes much more sense. If it’s an actual stop, why bother? You have to drive over there, sit there for 30 minutes, all for 16 miles.

        It comes down to this – when charging, you either sit with your car, or you park the car and do something else. In the first case, it’s too slow. In the second, it’s too fast.

        The only exception I might see is in the middle of a road trip, one could insert an extra 16 miles of electric if you charge during a pit stop. But one would only do that if it’s cheaper than gasoline. We have yet to see if that business model will float (currently, public L2 is more expensive than gasoline here!)

    2. jumpjack says:

      I think it’s a mistake, “30 minutes – quick charging / up to 80% (CHAdeMO standard)” is just the “standard writing” for full electric vehicles with 15-20 kWh batteries and 150-200 km range!

      To get 20 km range it probably have just a 3-4 kWh battery, which can be gargev by Chademo (42 kW) in 5 minutes.

      Additionally, it does not actually require plugin charging at all, the gasoline engine is enough to recharge the battery while driving!

    3. Lindsay Patten says:

      The Outlander PHEV gets over 30 miles of all electric range, so 80% is over 24 miles of AER. That might be enough to get you home or to your next destination after you finish eating or shopping or whatever.

      1. Brian says:

        Sure did – on the generous European test. The author is guessing that the car will get 20 miles on the EPA test in the US. Time will tell, of course.

        Even 24 miles of AER isn’t very impressive, and stopping “every day” as Max claims for 30 minutes would get old fast. Just burn gas – that’s why you bought a PHEV instead of a BEV in the first place!

  4. Assaf says:

    Thanks for the good news! I thought the Outlander PHEV was delayed overall to 2015, not just to the US.

    I don’t really care whether they come to the US or Europe, as long as this is a successful model and the first real EV foray into the off-road heavier duty vehicle segment.

    “We” in America can wait a year. Meanwhile, the European EV market can use the help 🙂

  5. kdawg says:

    “Mitsubishi says the Eurozone Outlander PHEV is basically the same as the one on sale now in Japan, and only differs “in complying with mandatory EU regulations and with a chassis fine-tuned to better suit European driving style.”
    ——————

    Well that, and the steering wheel is on the other side.

    1. vdiv says:

      I wish that “European driving style” makes it in the US as well, instead of the usual wishy-washy-mushy-slushy no road feel steering and suspension that we have here.

      1. kdawg says:

        Did you see this from Tesla?

        “We’ve announced that there will be a FREE custom high-speed tuning option for Germans that want to drive at top speed.”

    2. Suprise Cat says:

      UK has it on the same side. :p

  6. Davey says:

    I don’t get it.

    They can produce 4000 per month. Being over a year away to the US.

    Does that mean they have sales of 48,000 to be filled?

    also, at $57k (in Frankfurt) the market may shrink away.

    1. Suprise Cat says:

      They have a backlog of 15000 orders, but if they get 3000 new orders every month, the backlog will only shrink 1000 units every month.

  7. MrEnergyCzar says:

    Looks like they’ll beat the Tesla X with the first plug-in 4WD.

    MrEnergyCzar

    1. Priusmaniac says:

      Yes but 52 km EV range is really short, it should be at least 100 km.

  8. Turboro says:

    @Assaf – As European I agree of ofcourse, especially because sales of PHEV and EVs are still very slow due to low economical trust and raising costs in general.

    @Davey – Alone the Netherlands have ordered 10’000 units of which 7’000 will be delivered this year, the rest follows 2014.