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Mitsubishi is set to dramatically ramp-up its electric and plug-in hybrid programme with a suite of new EVs due in the coming months and years.
Managing director Lance Bradley said: “Within five years we’ll have an electric or a plug-in hybrid version of every car in our range. “The new [plug-in hybrid] Outlander can go for 30 miles on electric power and a lot of people will use it entirely on electric. All the [petrol-electric] hybrids on-sale today can’t do anything like 30 miles on electric. These new generations will be game-changers, a step ahead of anything that’s on sale now.”
Bradley claimed that the arrival of the plug-in Outlander 4×4 in the UK market next year is expected to bring a new lease of life to the Japanese brand’s fleet business. Its current deals are limited to specialist firms that require four-wheel drive vehicles for heavy-duty use, such as the Highways Agency and the Environment Agency. He continued: “The Outlander plug-in hybrid will have emissions under 50g/km and BIK of 5%. That opens up a whole new opportunity for us with business users.”
“A couple of things are making EV sales difficult: battery price and range anxiety. If you can get [customers] into the car then they’ll very quickly overcome it.
He also hinted that the firm’s next Evo performance saloon will be a hybrid: “I would expect the next Evo to be a hybrid. There’s no reason at all why we couldn’t have a hybrid Evo in a couple of years’ time.”
Fleetdrive Electric welcome this news. It’s a reassuring sign from one of the leading vehicle manufacturers that they have total confidence in the future market for EVs and it’s exciting for us to be able to offer our clients electric alternatives for their preferred vehicles.