Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV outsells Nissan Leaf in UK

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales in the UK have reached 10,000 units, making the SUV the best selling plug-in vehicle in the country above all plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles including the Nissan Leaf.

“Less than one year from launch the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has now overtaken every other plug-in hybrid and pure electric car, even passing vehicles that have been on sale since 2011, such as the Nissan Leaf, to become the UK’s favourite plug-in vehicle.”

“By the end of March, sales of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will have passed the 10,000 mark.”

Mitsubishi Motors’ UK Managing Director, Lance Bradley said:

“This is certainly a satisfying achievement for us but more significantly it is an indication that this newly developing market is beginning to decide which electric vehicle technology delivers the right balance of low emission driving, value for money, economy and practicality.”

Some other comments on the best-selling UK plugin:

“Mitsubishi’s Outlander Plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) has transformed the plug-in market. The Outlander PHEV has an all-electric range of up to 32.5 miles and phenomenal economy and environmental credentials. It emits just 44g/km of CO2 and the official combined fuel consumption figure is 148mpg. And, critically, it is available at the same price to the customer as the equivalent specification Outlander diesel.

The company is seeing a strong and sustained period of growth. Mitsubishi Motors’ UK passenger car sales for February 2015 are 178 per cent up on the same month last year against a market that is up 12 per cent, according to latest figures released by the SMMT.”

“February retail sales for Outlander diesel and Shogun are equally impressive, up 67 per cent and 77 per cent respectively compared with 2014.”


  • michael maher says:

    How long does it take the gas engine to recharge the battery when the SUV is being driven? How many miles to a gal when using the gas engine taking into consideration the
    use of the battery in continious driving for 8 hours

  • paul glasgow says:

    Hi Michael

    I have one of these SUVs and overall it works well for me. However it’s efficiency depends on how it’s going to be used. I actually have the perfect scenario for this vehicle. I mainly work from home so charge from a 4KW PV array on my roof during the day, so I mainly charge it for free. As most of my journeys are less than 50 miles it’s achieving well over 100 miles to the UK gallon not bad for a 2 ton SUV. For everyday use I fill it with gas ( petrol) about once a month.

    The car has some modes which broadly enable the battery to be charged, stored or used. However on a long journey it makes sense to keep the battery at least 50% charged ( using save or charge mode) and mainly use the 120hp internal combustion engine. If you want to overtake you still have the combined power and torque of the engine and 2 motors of around 80hp each. If the battery is largely discharged, you end up with a relatively small engine trying to move the deadweight of a large battery and two motors – not ideal.

    If you are regularly driving for 8 hours any PHEV probably isn’t for you. However the Outlander is still a very capable vehicle on longer journeys, just less efficient and really operating outside of it’s best use case.

  • David says:

    Does anyone know if you can delay the charging starting time to best use Economy 7
    on a GX3H PHEV ?

    • Nigel Bonner says:

      I have used Economy 7 since getting my PHEV, using a plug in time to start with, and now I have purchase a Combined Socket with built-in Electronic Timer. Brillant cost me £ 1 a night for a days travel.

    • Craig says:

      Yes set the timer on the app.

  • Geoff Pelling says:

    I’m trying to find the link so that I can make my contribution

  • Allan Honey says:

    After buying a new Mits PHEV after 3 months it had lost 23% of it range. Mitsubishi try to fob you off with ridiculous BMU readings. Love the car hate the EV battery. Allan

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