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Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle eligible for £5,000 government grant

Mitsubishi has announced that The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has confirmed the all-new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is eligible for the Government’s Plug in Car Grant (PiCG) totalling £5,000, but full pricing is yet to be released.

In order to qualify, the Outlander PHEV has met a wide range of safety, emissions and performance standards set by OLEV. For OLEV to award the Outlander PHEV the PiCG, categorising it as a ‘ultra-low emission car’ is particularly impressive considering that it is a permanent 4×4 Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). There are few hybrids in the market that will qualify for the PiCG.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV qualifies for the PiCG, whilst most other hybrids in the market do not, due to Mitsubishi’s significantly advanced hybrid system. Unlike traditional hybrids, the Outlander PHEV can be driven over a sizable distance, at speeds over 70mph, using just its electric motors. In fact, the car can travel over the UK average person’s daily commute – 32.5 miles, in the PHEV’s case, without using any fuel at all.

The combination of the Outlander’s powerful electric motors and petrol engine give it a silky smooth, quiet and refined ride. It only emits 44g/km CO2 (based on EU drive cycle figures), meaning a Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) of £0 and only five per cent BIK for company car drivers.

Mitsubishi Motors UK’s Managing Director, Lance Bradley said: “Having one of the first plug-in hybrid’s in the UK market that boasts 4×4 capability with an EV range of 32.5 miles and emissions as low as 44 g/km puts Mitsubishi at the forefront of a new era in the automotive industry.
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