On the day the Mayor of London Boris Johnson unveiled the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in Tokyo, latest new car sales figure analysis has shown booming demand for plug-in cars.
Some 20,992 motorists have made the leap to plug-in hybrids and EVs so far in 2015 with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV topping the charts, outselling its nearest rival by more than two-to-one.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has won 9,303 sales so far this year, and with the new model unveiled today by Mr Johnson at Mitsubishi Motors head office in Tokyo, that looks set to be increased even further.
Mr Johnson said: ‘This car proves that the technology is there and I hope it will give great encouragement to the consumer to think that mass production of vehicles like this is now bringing the price down to an affordable level so by 2020 when in London we have the first ultra low emissions zone, cars like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will qualify.
Lance Bradley, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: ‘The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV along with forward looking and consistent Government policy on incentives is creating a market for plug-ins that will ultimately set the UK apart in global terms, by delivering the right balance of low emission driving, value for money, economy and practicality. This new model is another bold step in that direction.’
The Mayor of London’s initiatives such as an ultra-low emission zone in London and his drive for more plug-in vehicles in the city have contributed to the success of the Outlander PHEV.
Head of Go Ultra Low, Poppy Welch, said: “The growth in plug-in car registrations is excellent news and in line with our expectations. This trend should continue over the course of this year as we know that motorists are keen to achieve maximum miles for the lowest cost, while minimising emissions and environmental impact.”