Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Wins “Car of the Year Japan Innovation Award”


Outlander PHEV Wins "Car of the Year Japan Innovation Award"

Outlander PHEV Wins “Car of the Year Japan Innovation Award”

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is really starting to rack up the awards now.

Outlander PHEV Battery Pack

Outlander PHEV Battery Pack

This latest one “recognizes the car with the most innovative technologies that contribute to environment, safety, and other mobility issues.”

Presented by the Car of the Year Japan committee, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV won the “Car of the Year Japan 2013-2014’s Innovation Award.”

The Car of the Year Japan committee based its selection of the Outlander PHEV on the following:

  • (The Outlander PHEV) proposes a new way of using a vehicle by skillfully combining the advantages of SUV and plug-in hybrid EV (electric vehicle) technologies.
  • Achievement of a combination of high fuel efficiency with a higher level of driving performance.
  • A solution for the disadvantage of short cruising ranges of EVs while still working as EV through range extension.
  • Superbness of ability to charge to the batteries of the vehicle by itself as well as high output from the high-capacity battery

Though overlooked by most of the media, the Outlander PHEV is one of the hottest selling plug-in vehicles in the world right now.  Mitsubishi can’t build enough to meet current demand and, as such, was forced to delays its entry into the US until 2015.  When the Outlander PHEV finally arrives in SUV-loving America, sales will surely go through the roof.

Plug-In. SUV. 4WD. Vast Cargo Hold - A Winning Combination Apparently

Plug-In. SUV. 4WD. Vast Cargo Hold – A Winning Combination Apparently

In terms of NEDC specs, the Outlander PHEV impresses:

  • 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)


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


Category: Mitsubishi


7 responses to "Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Wins “Car of the Year Japan Innovation Award”"
  1. Bill Howland says:

    Great Vehicle which plenty of Americans will want…. I don’t understand why GM hasn’t released the CrossVolt which could have gotten a jump on sales…. Maybe Mitsu will push them off the fence.

    1. Martin T says:

      Agree, I always thought a US manufacturer would be first.
      Funny now that a Japanese company has beaten them to it.

  2. MrEnergyCzar says:

    Looks like they’ll be the first plug-in 4WD in the states, beating out the Tesla X…


    1. Jim says:

      I don’t believe the article says anything about this being a 4-wheel drive SUV.

      1. Jim says:

        Sorry. I just now saw the “4WD” beneath the picture. That really is something I would like.

  3. Kevin says:

    Mitsubishi needs this product in US showrooms asap.

    their sales and offerings in the US are weak
    the dealerships could use a high demand high profit vehicle
    make it 7 passenger or at least 6 and no dumb looking wheels or trim please.
    1st mfr with a decent plug in SUV in USA will be surprised at buyers coming into showrooms
    are you listening Mitsubishi USA ?

  4. Wim says:

    This car is also the first one able to pull a 1500kg trailer or caravan, which makes twice as popular in The Netherlands. Also the tax benefits are tremendous and we Dutch like that the most!