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News and reviews of Mitsubishi electric cars (including plug-in hybrids).

Mitsubishi announces updated Outlander PHEV Juro spec

Mitsubishi has upgraded the levels of equipment in its Outlander PHEV Juro – the one of the best value trim levels available for the UK’s best selling plug-in car.

Following on from a recent raft of revisions to the Outlander range, the Juro trim now has an electronic parking brake with auto hold, smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB added to the audio system, a reversing camera, and EV Priority mode.

The Juro trim level benefits from improved equipment levels

This last function allows the driver to hold the car in electric-only mode for as long as there is charge in the battery pack. Without the engine kicking in, it means the Outlander PHEV can be driven effectively as an EV for short distances.

The improved smartphone connectivity allows for safer driving and greater convenience. Drivers can use the phone’s voice commands and certain apps through the car, for traffic updates for example. Other features on the Juro specification include 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, climate control, and Mitsubishi PHEV app for pre-conditioning capability.

The new model is available to order now, with prices staring at £33,499 after the UK Government’s Plug-in Car Grant – worth £2,500 for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – has been taken off.

Source: Next Green Car

Untethered and Tethered Charge Points (Image: POD Point)

Choosing a Charge Point

When buying an electric car it is nearly always worthwhile to get a dedicated charge point installed at home.

It’s more convenient than an ‘occasional use’ or ‘granny’ (13 Amp) charge cable because you don’t need to reel it up and put it away each time.

Home Charging a Renault ZOE with a Dedicated Charge Point (Image: Charging Solutions)
Charging a Renault ZOE with a Home Charge Point (Image: Charging Solutions)

It will also be significantly faster because a dedicated charge point can provide more power without the risk of overheating. Also some electric cars, such as the Renault ZOE, don’t come with such a cable and buying one yourself can be very expensive (£500+).

The good news is that the installation of domestic charge points is subsidised by the UK government.

There are 3 decisions to be made when selecting the type of charge point for your car:

  • Tethered or Untethered
  • Connector Types
  • Power Level

 

Tethered or Untethered

There is usually the choice of a ‘tethered’ cable (it is fixed to the charge point) or an ‘untethered’ cable (it plugs into and can be removed from the charge point).

Untethered and tethered charge points (Image: Chargemaster)
Untethered and Tethered Charge Points (Image: Chargemaster)

Untethered has the advantage of allowing different cables to be connected (for example you can use the same charge point for a Nissan Leaf and a Renault ZOE). However, most people choose tethered because it avoids the inconvenience of connecting a cable whenever you need to charge (usually daily). It also reduces the risk of the cable being stolen.

A charge point with a tethered cable will usually cost more than an untethered one (typically about £50 more) because of the cost of its cable.

Untethered and Tethered Charge Points (Image: POD Point)
Untethered and Tethered Charge Points (Images: POD Point)

If you choose untethered you will need to use your own cable to connect to the car; it is the same cable that would be used to connect to a public charging point. It may come free with the car, for example the Renault ZOE or the Nissan Leaf with the 6.6kW charge option come with one. Otherwise you will need to buy one (we can advise you on suppliers).

 

Connector Types

All untethered domestic charge points supplied in the UK come with a Type 2 socket on the charge point, just as all public charge points now have (or at least officially should have) Type 2 sockets. Similarly all charge cables have a Type 2 plug at the charge point end.

If the cable is tethered then you need to tell the installer the type of plug you want at the car end. This will depend on the car:

  • Type 1 socket: Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Kia Soul EV
  • Type 2 socket: Renault ZOE, BMW i3, VW e-Golf and Hyundai IONIQ

The Type 2 or ‘Mennekes’ connector is the official standard in Europe and should eventually replace the Type 1.

 

Power Level

A dedicated charge point can provide higher powers than a typical occasional use charging cable which will run at 10 Amps, equivalent at 230 Volts to 2.3 kilowatts. The charge will take place at the highest power that both the charge point can provide and the car can use.

There are two common power levels:

  • 16A = 3.5kW: This is the maximum charge level of the Nissan Leaf 3.3kW, the Mitsubishi Outlander and the VW e-Golf.
  • 30A/32A = 7kW: This is the maximum charge level of the Nissan Leaf 6.6kW, BMW i3, Kia Soul EV and Hyundai IONIQ. The standard Renault ZOE can use this level, in fact anything up to 22kW.

The higher power reduces the charge time so a typical EV battery will charge in about 8 hours at 16A but in about 4 hours at 32A.

It may be best to install the highest power charge point you can afford; even if your current car can’t use all the power, the next one almost certainly will be able to.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Last Chance to Register a Tax Free Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)

In just a few weeks time there will be a big change in the car tax (‘vehicle excise duty’ or VED) arrangements for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) such as the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV; here’s a brief summary.

The government has changed the basis on how the tax rates for cars are calculated – previously it was just on carbon dioxide emissions, so many low emission vehicles (such as small cars and all PHEVs) had no tax to pay. Now all cars with emissions that are non-zero, so all cars that aren’t 100% electric, have to pay tax. In the first year the amount depends on the level of emissions; in subsequent years it is £140 across the board.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4x4
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4×4

The most popular plug-in hybrid in the UK is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV so it will be most affected. However, there remains just enough time to buy one from stock and get it registered before the deadline. In this case it gets free car tax for life; if registered after the deadline it pays tax for life.

Furthermore, there is an additional tax element for cars with a value over £40000; this is know as the ‘Premium Rate’ and adds an additional £620 over three years. Top-end Outlanders, typically above the GX4h spec, would get hit with this on top.

For more details see the Car tax 2017 article on the Next Green Car site.

Edit 22/3/17: Having looked into this a little further, I think NextGreenCar may have made a mistake. They are considering PHEVs to be petrol whereas they should probably be considered to be Alternative Fuel Vehicles which include hybrids (though in what sense any car running 100% on fossil fuels can be considered ‘alternative fuel’ beats me). Anyway, if so, the first year cost would be £0 rather than £10 and the follow-on years would cost £130 not £140. The overall message, however, is unchanged. The official guidance is here: Vehicle tax rate tables.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Image: T. Larkum)

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Photo Gallery

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Image: T. Larkum)
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Image: T. Larkum)

This is a quick walkaround of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicle), actually showing the first one we sold.

The Outlander is a good size vehicle, providing plenty of space inside for five people.

It has a large boot, though this loses some height to provide storage for the home charge 13A cable and for the usual car items (tools, first aid kit, etc.).

The PHEV has a Type 1 socket for home charging, same as a Nissan Leaf. However, it also has a Chademo rapid charger socket which arguably is a bit out of place since the PHEV battery isn’t really big enough to justify rapid charging; a full charge at one motorway services would only just give you enough charge to get to the next services before you would have to charge again.

Instead for any long journey you would almost certainly just use the 2.0l petrol engine – the obvious benefit of having a PHEV in the first place.

For news and reviews of the Outlander PHEV see here.

Renault-Nissan Alliance extends electric vehicle sales record

  • Alliance sales reach 9,961,347 vehicles in 2016 – one in nine cars sold worldwide.
  • The Alliance confirms its zero-emission* leadership; cumulative sales reach 424,797 electric vehicles worldwide.
  • 18-year old partnership sees boost in innovation for the vehicle of the future.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance delivered significant growth in 2016, with global sales of 9.96 million vehicles. The car group also reinforced its leadership in zero-emission vehicles with cumulative sales of nearly 425,000 electric vehicles since the introduction of the Nissan LEAF in 2010, followed by the Renault ZOE.

The Alliance sales figures include Mitsubishi Motors sales of 934,013 vehicles globally. Mitsubishi Motors joined the Alliance last fall with Nissan‘s acquisition of a 34 percent equity stake in the company.

Launch of Rapid Charge Network (Image: Renault)

“The combination of Groupe Renault, Nissan Motors and Mitsubishi Motors creates a new force in the global auto industry,” Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said. “The strength of this innovative partnership that began 18 years ago has allowed us to improve our competitiveness, boost our growth and engage in the race for the vehicle of the future.”

The Alliance brands accounted for about one in nine cars sold worldwide last year.

Groupe Renault’s sales were up 13.3 percent to 3,182,625 vehicles in 2016 for the last year of the “Drive the Change” plan. This marked the fourth consecutive year of sales growth with a record year-on-year increase of 374,000 units.

Both Renault and Dacia brands had a record year in terms of sales volumes and Renault Samsung Motors volumes were up by 38.8 percent. Market share and sales volumes are up in all regions, with the Renault brand becoming number two in Europe.

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. sold a record 5,559,902 cars and trucks worldwide, up 2.5 percent. In the U.S.A. and China, the company achieved sales growth of 5.4 percent and 8.4 percent respectively, setting new records in both markets. Infiniti sold over 230,000 vehicles in 2016, a 7 percent increase from the previous year. In December alone, Infiniti sold 27,200 vehicles, an 18 percent increase versus the prior year.

Mitsubishi Motors sold 934,013 cars worldwide, down 13 percent. Sales grew in the United States and Australia, but were offset by lower sales in Brazil, Russia, and the Middle East. Japan sales were also affected by lower consumer confidence following the fuel consumption issue.

Through Nissan’s partnership with Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan expects to target synergy benefits worth 24 billion yen in fiscal year 2017, rising to 60 billion yen in fiscal year 2018 and beyond. The gains will contribute to increased earnings per share worth an estimated 4 yen per share in fiscal year 2017 and 10 yen per share in fiscal year 2018 – on top of any earnings accretion linked to Nissan’s overall shareholding in Mitsubishi Motors.

AVTOVAZ, which sells cars under the LADA brand, sold 284,807 vehicles. Together, the Renault-Nissan Alliance and AVTOVAZ sell about one in three cars in Russia.

Sustained leadership in electric vehicles

The Renault-Nissan Alliance, with Mitsubishi Motors, cumulatively sold 424,797 electric vehicles through 2016, making it the undisputed leader in zero-emission mobility.

The Nissan LEAF, the first mainstream, mass-marketed electric vehicle, remains the world’s best-selling EV with more than 250,000* vehicles sold since its launch in December 2010.

In addition to the LEAF, Nissan also sells the e-NV200, a light commercial vehicle sold mainly in Europe and Japan since 2014.

Renault has sold more than 112,000 electric vehicles worldwide since 2011, including the Renault ZOE, Kangoo Z.E., Fluence Z.E., the SM3 Z.E. and the Twizy.

Renault was at the top of the European EV market last year, with sales up by 11 percent at 25,648 units (excluding Twizy). ZOE led the EV ranking with 21,735 sold. Renault Pro+ recently announced the addition of two new commercial EVs to its lineup: the New Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E.

In 2016, the Renault-Nissan Alliance, including Mitsubishi Motors i-Miev series, sold 94,265 EVs, up more than 8 percent from 2015.

* Including Venucia E30 sales in China. No CO2 emissions and no regulated exhaust pollutants while driving, according to NEDC homologation cycle.

Boosting innovation for the vehicle of the future

In 2016, the Renault-Nissan Alliance took several steps to advance the development of future vehicles that will be electric, autonomous and connected.

The Alliance plans to launch at least 10 models with autonomous drive functionality by 2020. Development and tests of connectivity and autonomous drive technologies are underway with several partners, including Microsoft and NASA.

“We were the first to launch an affordable electric car back in 2010. Other major automakers are now recognizing that EVs are the most effective zero-emission solution,” Ghosn said. “With autonomous drive and connected cars and services, we are firmly engaged in the race for the vehicle of the future.”

Source: Renault Nissan Alliance

MK Start-up Marketplace 2

[Part 1]

It was a good day – there was a lot of interest shown in the i3 and lots of good questions. I’m encouraged that the general public may finally be warming to electric cars.

We were positioned next to the Chargemaster stand which was handy as their stand was displaying a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and examples of their charge points. That meant it was easy to explain plug-in hybrids and home charging.

Overall it was a useful event and we look forward to repeating it next year.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The UK’s best selling plug-in cars revealed

By March this year, there were close to 60,000 electric or plug-in hybrid cars driving in the UK

Electric car sales continue to surge in the UK, with the latest figures showing close to 60,000 currently on the road. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV accounts for nearly a third of those, but there’s an increasingly wide range of different models on the roads.

According to DVLA figures analysed by the RAC Foundation by the end of March 2016 there were 19,945 plug-in hybrid electric Outlanders licenced in the UK, over 7,000 more than the next best selling electric or plug-in car, the Nissan Leaf.

The Leaf, however, is the UK’s best-selling battery-electric car. The 12,469 Leafs come with an electric-only drivetrain, whereas the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine to complement the batteries and the electric motor.

In third place was the BMW i3, with over 4,500 currently on the road. The i3 comes with a choice of two drive trains, with owners able to spec either a battery electric or a range extender with a 650cc two-cylinder petrol engine to boost the electric car’s range.

Read more: Auto Express

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Was Top Selling Plug-In Car In Europe In 2015

Mitsubishi did it again – their Outlander PHEV was the best selling plug-in electric car in Europe for 2015, just like it was in 2014.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi stated that 30,873 Outlander PHEV (up 55% year-over-year) were sold in 2015, which is some 59% of all Outlander sales in Europe. The conventional version accounted for just 41% (obv).

But even more amazing is that nearly 18% of total Mitsubishi sales in Europe were plug-ins.

In total, some 59,000 Outlander PHEVs have been sold in Europe to date, including over 6,000 in December 2015, according to our estimations. The Outlander PHEV arrives in the US (finally) in August of this year.

Source: Inside EVs

Outlander PHEV GX3h 4Work

Mitsubishi Outlander 4Work PHEV Captures What Van? Award

Mitsubishi happily announced another accolade for the Outlander PHEV, but this time the for 4Work van version captured the award.

Outlander PHEV GX3h 4Work
Outlander PHEV GX3h 4Work

What Van? awarded the two-seat Outlander PHEV 4Work The Green Award.

What Van? Editor Paul Barker said:

“The Outlander 4Work PHEV is a trail-blazing model that was a natural choice for the What Van? Green Award, combining zero emission motoring and an absence of range anxiety. This technology is currently unique in the sector but gives businesses a flexible and cost-efficient way into more environmentally friendly operation.”

For Mitsubishi, it was an especially successful result as the conventional Mitsubishi L200 Series 5 picked up the accolade for The Light Commercial Vehicle of the Year and The Pick-up of the Year.

Source: Inside EVs